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  • How many bells for a USN Captain?

    10/07/2005 2:54:59 AM PDT · by Toadman · 7 replies · 838+ views
    Do any of my fellow freepers know how many bells for a Captain (USN)? It's for a retirement ceremony. I've searched the net with absolutely no luck. Thanks in advance.
  • 'There's Something Bottomless About It' - Robert Spano on Conducting Wagner's Ring

    09/18/2005 5:55:05 PM PDT · by sitetest · 60 replies · 1,130+ views
    Atlanta Journa-Constitution via Andante ^ | September 15, 2005 | Pierre Ruhe
    Robert Spano is zooming along in his life as a conductor, the lights all turning green. Tonight in Symphony Hall, he conducts Mahler's monumental "Resurrection" Symphony and begins his fourth season as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra — a partnership that increasingly draws national praise. Robert Spano (photo courtesy of the Atlanta Symphony) Spano comes off a summer at the Seattle Opera, where he led Wagner's four-opera, 16-hour Ring cycle. After more than two months of rehearsal, he led the cycle three times over three weeks — and calls it a life-changing experience. A sign of success: He's...
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince--SPOILER ALERT!!!

    07/17/2005 5:16:14 PM PDT · by grellis · 1,014 replies · 18,759+ views
    me | July 17, 2005 | grellis
    THIS THREAD IS INTENDED FOR READERS THAT HAVE COMPLETED THE BOOK! If you have not yet read the book, consider yourself warned: There will be spoilers on this thread. For my fellow FReepers who have no intention of reading the book but would like to discuss the more controversial issues related to the work, I am asking you as politely as I can: DO NOT HIJACK THIS THREAD. We are all members of this forum and as such, it is not up to me to disallow anyone from participating in the discussion. That is why I am asking you--please do...
  • Lost wedding ring returns from the sea

    07/22/2005 12:09:20 PM PDT · by Puppage · 80 replies · 2,100+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 7/22/2005 | Puppage
    (Branford-WTNH, July 21, 2005 6:55 PM) _ Oysters may give you pearls, but some clams in Branford deliver diamonds. A man who lost his wedding ring two years ago while digging for clams got a gift from the sea this week. Nearly forty years of marriage and Stewart and Mary Petri still hold hands. "When we go for a walk sometimes sure we do." For two years he's been without the wedding band she gave to him in 1967. He lost it digging for clams. "I was very depressed when I came back and ever more depressed to tell my...
  • Authorities disrupt counterfeit ID ring

    07/20/2005 9:25:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 383+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/20/05 | Jon Sarche - AP
    DENVER (AP) - Federal authorities said Wednesday they had disrupted a far-flung ring that made counterfeit immigration and identification documents, and they hope to extradite the alleged leader from Mexico. Authorities said the fake Social Security cards, driver's licenses and other documents were so sophisticated that only a crime lab could distinguish them from the real thing. An indictment accuses Pedro Castorena-Ibarra of Guadalajara, Mexico, of overseeing cells in more than a dozen cities across the country. Cell leaders paid a "franchise fee" to get in on the operation, said Marcy Forman, director of investigations for U.S. Immigration and Customs...
  • They Shoot Gift Horses, Don't They? - (Burt on Putin's self-gifting of Super Bowl ring!)

    07/05/2005 7:24:34 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 382+ views
    I have recently stumbled across a universal truth. And unlike some little piggies who are always looking to patent or copyright their brainstorms, looking to profit from their inspirations, I am satisfied to share freely. Your sincere awe is all I seek, all I need. What I realized is that there are always two kinds of people. No matter what the issue is, no matter the subject under discussion, there are only two kinds of people. For instance, there are those who think dogs are superior to cats; those who think that, by and large, politicians are not a menace;...
  • Green arrow at top of page (VANITY)

    06/30/2005 10:42:15 AM PDT · by processing please hold · 237 replies · 2,921+ views
    06/30/05 | pbrown
    My green arrow to turn back to the list of news threads knows no retreat. It won't turn back. If you can figure out what I mean...please help.
  • Putin pockets Patriots owner's Super Bowl ring

    06/29/2005 8:26:10 AM PDT · by Sax · 45 replies · 1,636+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/29/05 | AP
    BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- Was it a big misunderstanding, or simply a generous gift when Russian President Vladimir Putin made off with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's Super Bowl ring? Following a meeting of American business executives and Putin at Konstantinovsky Palace near St. Petersburg last Saturday, according to Russian news reports, Kraft showed his 4.94-carat, diamond-encrusted 2005 Super Bowl ring to the Russian president, who tried it on, then put it in his pocket and left. It was not immediately clear whether Kraft, whose business interests also include paper and packaging companies and venture capital investments, intended for...
  • The Other Watergate Conspiracy - (G. Gordon Liddy says John Dean really behind Watergate)

    06/22/2005 6:34:03 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 21 replies · 2,354+ views
    A.I.M.ORG ^ | JUNE 22, 2005 | CLIFF KINCAID
    One of the main culprits of the Watergate scandal, John Dean, who spent 4 months in prison, surfaced as a media hero. He has also surfaced as an expert on the alleged scandalous behavior of the Bush Administration. He wrote the book, Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush. But the facts, which have survived several challenges in court, indicate that Dean had a much bigger role in Watergate than reported by Woodward and Bernstein. The book Silent Coup argues that the Watergate break-ins were really meant to cover up embarrassing information about a call-girl ring whose...
  • Italian Police Crack Down on Child Porn Ring That Allegedly Included Three Priests

    05/24/2005 8:56:13 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 444+ views
    AP.TBO.COM ^ | MAY 24, 2005 | Aidan Lewis, Associated Press Writer
    ROME (AP) - Italian police raided the homes and offices of 186 suspected members of a child pornography ring - including three Roman Catholic priests and a local mayor - that downloaded pictures from an exclusive Web site, officials said Tuesday. The group downloaded photos and video of sex abuse against children, whose ages ranged from 4 to 8, from a Web site that could only be entered with a password, according to a police officer in the Sicilian town of Syracuse, where the investigation was based. The officer, who cited office policy that he could not be identified, said...
  • Boston's dirty degrees of separation go on forever

    05/20/2005 2:08:58 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 1 replies · 453+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Friday, May 20, 2005 | By Howie Carr
    Here's the question about Stevie Flemmi: Is he going out as Joe Valachi, or as Joe Barboza? That is, is he an embittered old man lifting the lid on organized crime, or is he an imprisoned hit man using the government to settle all his old scores? Probably some of both. I know that all of the ex-FBI agents have denied they took cash from the serial killers, Stevie Flemmi and his partner, Whitey Bulger. But at least one or two of these feds have already been named by other witnesses, under oath. Kevin Weeks testified that Whitey used to...
  • Flemmi alleges more FBI Payoffs (Mumble's Consiglieri Linked?)

    05/19/2005 10:26:44 AM PDT · by ninonitti · 5 replies · 517+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 19, 2005 | Shelley Murphy and Stephen Kurkjian
    Notorious gangster Stephen ''The Rifleman" Flemmi said in two recent depositions that he and his partner, James ''Whitey" Bulger, paid more than $200,000 to their FBI handler, John J. Connolly Jr., while working as informants, and gave cash to five other agents. Questioned under oath in lawsuits against the government over the FBI's handling of the gangsters, Flemmi said they paid $5,000 each to John Newton and John Morris and $2,500 each to Nicholas Gianturco, Michael Buckley, and John Cloherty. Transcripts of the depositions, taken in October and last month, were reviewed by the Globe. Flemmi, who began cooperating with...
  • US chastity ring funding attacked

    05/17/2005 5:21:10 PM PDT · by ViLaLuz · 9 replies · 963+ views
    BBC News - World Edition ^ | Tuesday, 17 May, 2005 | Not listed
    US chastity ring funding attacked The silver ring is a constant reminder of the abstinence promise The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the US government over its funding of a nationwide sexual abstinence programme.The ACLU says the Silver Ring Thing programme violates the principle that the state budget cannot be used to promote religion. The programme, which targets teenagers, is an offshoot of a Christian ministry. Since 2003, it has received more than $1m from the Department of Health and Human Services. Symbolic ringThe funding is part of a government initiative to expand abstinence-only sex...
  • Cardinals Destroy John Paul II's Ring

    04/16/2005 7:02:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 334+ views
    AP ^ | 4/16/5 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY -- Cardinals destroyed Pope John Paul II's ring and lead seal Saturday to formally end his reign, while the Vatican expressed confidence that jamming devices and other unprecedented precautions would keep the name of the new pope secret until it is announced to the world from a balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square. The official nine-day mourning period for John Paul, which began with a funeral attended by world leaders and hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, ended with a Mass celebrated Saturday afternoon in St. Peter's Basilica. The destruction of John Paul's Fisherman's Ring and the seal marked a...
  • Search For Lost Ring Leads To Hoard Of Ancient Treasure

    04/12/2005 3:53:47 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 2,487+ views
    IC Liverpool/Daily Post ^ | 4-12-2005 | Gary Skentelbery
    Search for lost ring leads to hoard of ancient treasure Apr 12 2005 By Gary Skentelbery Daily Post Correspondent A QUEST for a missing wedding ring has helped uncover a collection of ancient treasures dating back up to 4,000 years. Thought to be from tombs on the holiday island of Cyprus, the pricesless collection had been collecting dust in a Cheshire attic for nearly 40 years, with the belief they were old holiday trinkets. Their historic value was discovered when Neville Davies enlisted the help of archaeologist and metal detecting enthusiast James Balme, to help track down his son-in-law's missing...
  • Cultured bone offers novel wedding rings (ummm... ewww...)

    02/28/2005 1:29:01 PM PST · by orionblamblam · 15 replies · 576+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 26 February 2005 | Jenny Hogan
    Some will think it a romantic gesture, others will find it grisly. But one willing couple in the UK is about to get the chance, thanks to a government-funded project intended to promote awareness of the issues surrounding tissue engineering. "It's for people who want to give a bit of their body to each other," says Nikki Stott, a jewellery designer at the Royal College of Art in London. She and her colleague Tobie Kerridge are collaborating with Ian Thomspon, a bioengineer at King's College London. The tricky part is that the lucky couple will have to provide bone cell...
  • Man attacks church with axe (bells too loud)

    01/24/2005 7:35:36 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 10 replies · 263+ views
    ananova ^ | 1-24-05
    Man attacks church with axe A Romanian man was arrested after he attacked a church with his axe because the bells were too loud. Ioan Cozma, 42, from Costisa, Neamt county, demolished the church door, a marble cross and a little chapel. Cozma, who lives near the church, said he had politely asked the priest to take it easy with the bells early in the morning and late at night. He said: "I spoke to the priest several times asking him not to ring the bells so loud and often. "But did he listen? No, they did it louder and...
  • A ring and a prayer

    01/24/2005 9:22:11 AM PST · by Radix · 12 replies · 740+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 24, 2005 | Jonathan Saltzman
    Edward H. Walsh was smoking cigarettes with friends one summer night in 1978 on a South Boston beach. He gestured to make a point. His gold class ring from Don Bosco Technical High flew off his finger. He'd had it just a few weeks. So it was for 26 years. Tides rolled in and rolled out. Southie kids built sandcastles, grew up, and watched their own kids build sandcastles. Broken bottles turned to sea glass.
  • Flushed ring fished out, years later

    01/19/2005 9:08:41 PM PST · by Chummy · 3 replies · 451+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | January 19, 2005 | Ann Schrader
    Flushed ring fished out, years later By Ann Schrader Denver Post Staff Writer Wednesday, January 19, 2005 - Arvada - More than a quarter- century ago, Jerry Duran watched his 1978 Pomona High School class ring swirl around the toilet bowl and disappear. On Tuesday, the gold ring with an aquamarine stone was headed back to Duran, who now lives in Del Norte, where he builds custom bicycles and is a ski patrol member at Wolf Creek Ski Area. Duran, who said he hadn't thought about the ring in years, said its return is "much to my surprise." Arvada Wastewater...
  • Return of the soldier's ring

    12/20/2004 12:03:02 AM PST · by MikefromOhio · 23 replies · 1,005+ views ^ | SARA A. CARTER
    MONTCLAIR - With his wife leading the way, a blindfolded Lance Cpl. David Battle made it up the stairs of one of the area's largest wedding ring stores Friday night. The 19-year-old soldier, who had chosen his own ring over an injured finger while fighting insurgents in Iraq, was now headed for the surprise of a lifetime - a secret his wife, Devann Battle, had struggled to keep from him all week. Ironically, the ring he fought so hard to save on the battlefield last month was lost in a medical camp in Fallujah, where doctors worked to stabilize the...