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  • Meriam Ibrahim is role model of the year

    12/24/2014 12:53:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/24/14 | Terence Jeffrey
    n a year when some of the most exalted public figures in the United States distinguished themselves by advancing unjust causes or cowardly refusing to seriously resist them, a pregnant mother imprisoned in Sudan with her 18-month-old American son set a standard for saintly courage. Meriam Ibrahim is the role model of the year. When a Sudanese court told Meriam she must renounce her Catholic faith and convert to Islam or be hung by the neck until dead, she gave a non-negotiable answer: No. Meriam was born in Sudan to a Christian mother and a Muslim father — who abandoned...
  • First Lady Birthday Tweet to Beyonce: ´You´re an Incredible Role Model´

    09/04/2014 8:57:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Breitbart Big Hollywood ^ | 9/4/14 | Kelli Serio
    Michelle Obama, also known as @FLOTUS on social media, sent a birthday tweet to her role model and friend, Beyoncé, this afternoon. Happy Birthday, @Beyonce! You´re an incredible role model, a phenomenal mother, and a wonderful friend. Hope you have an amazing day! –mo — The First Lady (@FLOTUS) September 4, 2014-The duo are reportedly ´BFFs,´ or ´Bigtime Famous Friends.´ The "Drunk in Love" star sang at President Obama´s first inaugural ball and also serenaded guests at the first lady´s 50th birthday celebration earlier this year. "FLOTUS" even took her daughters to a Jay Z concert in July, following a...
  • Hospitalised French first lady accused of using 'emotional blackmail' to keep glamorous role..

    01/13/2014 5:23:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 13, 2014 | Sam Greenhill, Peter Allen and Amanda Williams
    Francois Hollande’s trysts with his French actress mistress took place in a Paris flat, registered to a convicted criminal with mafia links, it has been revealed. The 59-year-old president has reportedly been seeing Julie Gayet, a 41-year-old actress who has been conducting a secret affair with the Socialist head of state since last year. The revelations come as France's first lady Valerie Trierweiler is expected to leave hospital today, where she was admitted after collapsing with 'shock and exhaustion' upon discovering the affair.
  • Man with ties to Boston bombing suspect admits role in 2011 murders; shot during FBI questioning

    05/22/2013 2:31:54 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/22/13 | Richard Esposito, Pete Williams and Matthew DeLuca
    Dead Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and another man — who was killed by the FBI on Wednesday — murdered three people in Massachusetts after a drug deal went wrong in 2011, law enforcement sources tell NBC News. Sources say that what began as a drug ripoff ended in a triple homicide when Tsarnaev and friend Ibragim Todashev realized their victims would later be able to identify them. Todashev was killed by a federal agent while giving a statement on his role on Wednesday in Orlando, Fla. The man who was shot, Todashev, 27, allegedly attacked an agent with a...
  • You Choose - "VANITY"

    11/22/2011 10:24:38 AM PST · by Logic n' Reason · 11 replies
    11/22/11 | Logic n reason
    A choice for all of you....
  • Al Sharpton's True Role in Crown Heights: Yankel Rosenbaum's Brother Speaks Out

    08/24/2011 9:18:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Baltimore Jewish Life ^ | 8/24/11 | Norman Rosenbaum and Isaac Abraham
    On Sunday, Rev. Al Sharpton gave his version of what happened 20 years ago in Crown Heights. But although he purports to have reflected on and learned from the riots, the truth is his recollection is egregiously distorted and sanitized. Sharpton's motivation for expressing his opinion at this time is unimportant; the fact that he has chosen to do so bestows a responsibility on us all to ensure that the truth is not sacrificed in the telling of our history. Sharpton says that with the virtue of hindsight, he would have done some things differently - stating that "we," meaning...
  • Arabs' role in civilization stressed

    12/08/2010 9:43:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    ny times ^ | 12/9/10 | Kim Severson & Robbie Brown
    Beirut - Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, chairman of the Arab Thought Foundation (ATF), has urged Arabs to play an effective role in the making of human civilization. Addressing ATF’s annual conference here, he commended the innovative initiatives made by Arabs in various fields that include modern technology. Prince Khaled also emphasized the importance of interfaith and cultural dialogue initiated by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. (Snip) Speaking about Arabs’ role in civilization, the prince said: “Arabs have an important role to play in planning the world’s future in the light of its role in the past.”
  • Wellesley schools chief apologizes for students' role in Muslim prayer service

    09/16/2010 5:22:39 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 32 replies ^ | September 16, 2010 | Erica Noonan
    <p>WELLESLEY — Wellesley’s school superintendent apologized today for allowing middle school students to participate in a prayer service during a field trip to a Roxbury mosque last spring. The apology to parents came after a group critical of the Islamic Society of Boston Community Center — New England’s largest mosque and Muslim cultural center — released a 10-minute long video featuring footage of Wellesley students bowing their heads during a prayer service.</p>
  • Iconic John Wayne Role Redone

    08/19/2010 3:19:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies · 1+ views
    yahoo ^ | 8/19/10 | Jonathan Crow
    In 1969, John Wayne played Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit" -- a grizzled, drunken U.S. Marshal hired by a 14-year-old girl to track down her father's killer. The role ended up winning the aging Western star his first and only Oscar, prompting him to make a rare sequel -- "Rooster Cogburn" -- opposite Katherine Hepburn in 1975. The image of Wayne's craggy, eye-patched visage from "True Grit" has become a cinematic icon. So film mavens everywhere were taken aback when it was announced last year that Joel and Ethan Coen would been making their own version of "True Grit." But...
  • Role reversal Saudi comedy provokes anger among male population

    08/18/2010 10:13:29 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 36 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/17/10 | Richard Spencer
    A role reversal comedy shown on Saudi television in which a woman marries four husbands has hit the very nerve it satirised - male pride and double standards.The comedy was an episode in Saudi Arabia’s most celebrated satirical series, Tash Ma Tash or No Big Deal, a take-off of social prejudices shown annually during the holy month of Ramadan. The central character takes four husbands, explaining herself using the conventional arguments Saudi men use to exercise their legal and religious privilege of marrying four times. When she remarries for the first time she complains that her existing husband has...
  • Oakland's Mayor Dellums to KTVU's Shandobil: "Who the (blank) are you to decide my role?"

    06/22/2010 1:08:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 6/22/10 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums doesn't seem to do much on the job these days -- but he went into meltdown Monday when veteran KTVU political reporter Randy Shandobil had the temerity to ask why he's been missing in action as one of the most crime-challenged cities in the nation faces a devastating layoff of a quarter of its police force."Who the (blank) are you to decide what my role is?" a raging Dellums told Shandobil in a phone call Monday, after the Oakland-based reporter showed up at City Hall to ask why Dellums has been seen at high profile boxing...
  • Top Leaders at Goldman Had a Role in Mortgage Unit

    04/19/2010 9:56:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 424+ views
    ny times ^ | 4/19/10 | Louise Story
    Tensions were rising inside Goldman Sachs. It was late 2006, and an argument had broken out inside the Wall Street bank’s prized mortgage unit — a dispute that would reach all the way up to the executive suite. One camp of traders was insisting that the American housing market was safe. Another thought it was poised for collapse. Among those who saw disaster looming were an effusive young Frenchman, Fabrice P. Tourre, and his quiet colleague, Jonathan M. Egol, the mastermind behind a series of mortgage deals known as the Abacus investments. Their elite mortgage unit is now at the...
  • McChrystal Urges Troops to Serve as Role Models

    03/02/2010 5:10:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 174+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 2, 2010 – As more U.S. and coalition troops arrive in Afghanistan, their top commander there has some requests for them: Recognize the impact of every action you take, and serve as role models for Afghan security forces as they build leaders and weed out corruption from their ranks. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal urged troops to keep a clear-eyed focus on the mission – and to be cognizant that it’s not about conventional warfare. “This is not that. This is a war for the people,” McChrystal said during an interview with Soldiers Radio and Television reporter Gail...
  • Face of Defense: Submarine Officer Serves in New Role

    01/05/2010 3:10:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 267+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Spc. B. Todd Willis, USA
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Jan. 5, 2010 – In wartime, servicemembers often are required to master and perform duties outside their area of expertise. Navy Lt. David M. Bartles reviews a report of operations being conducted in eastern Afghanistan at the joint operations command center at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. B. Todd Willis  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Navy Lt. David M. Bartles, 29, spent his three previous years of duty on a nuclear submarine. Now, he’s the night-shift battle captain for the Combined Joint Task Force 82 information operations section. “It’s definitely...
  • Goldman Sachs played bigger role in AIG trades: report

    12/13/2009 1:02:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 471+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/12/09 | Christine Stebbins
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) played a bigger role in fueling the mortgage bets that crippled American Insurance Group Inc (AIG.N) than has been publicly disclosed, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. An analysis by the paper of AIG's trades on pools of mortgage debt shows that Goldman was a key player in many, including those involving other banks, the Journal said. Goldman was one of 16 banks the U.S. government rescued last year after closing out losing trades that AIG had made with the financial firms. The bank originated or bought protection from AIG on...
  • Human role in climate change not in doubt-UN's Ban

    12/08/2009 3:22:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 843+ views ^ | 12/8/09 | Reuters
    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 8 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that emails leaked from a British university have done nothing to undermine the United Nations' view that climate change is accelerating due to humans. "Nothing that has come out in the public as a result of the recent email hackings has cast doubt on the basic scientific message on climate change and that message is quite clear -- that climate change is happening much, much faster than we realized and we human beings are the primary cause," he said.
  • Bigger U.S. Role in Broadband Is Likely

    11/19/2009 3:09:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 450+ views
    WSJ ^ | 11/19/09 | AMY SCHATZ
    WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission began to lay the groundwork for a bigger federal role in the broadband business Wednesday, outlining the hurdles the U.S. needs to overcome to improve the availability of high-speed Internet access. The FCC identified a number of issues the government should address, including the high cost of laying new broadband lines in rural areas, a lack of airwaves for wireless Web access and ill-informed consumers. "This focus on broadband is a reflection of a recognition that the U.S. is lagging behind," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Wednesday at the agency's monthly meeting.
  • Senators question U.S. role in hostage deal

    07/03/2009 8:33:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 353+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/3/09 | Sara A. Carter and Eli Lake
    Two senior Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday expressing concern over reports that the administration negotiated "directly or indirectly" with terrorists for the release of British hostages in Iraq. In a letter made available to The Washington Times, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Jon Kyl of Arizona said that the U.S. release last month of Laith al-Khazali, a member of a militant Shi'ite group called Asaib al-Haq, may have been part of a deal to gain freedom for three British hostages held since 2007. On June 21, the group sent the bodies of two British hostages...
  • Senators question U.S. role in hostage deal

    07/03/2009 8:33:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 422+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/3/09 | Sara A. Carter and Eli Lake
    Two senior Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday expressing concern over reports that the administration negotiated "directly or indirectly" with terrorists for the release of British hostages in Iraq. In a letter made available to The Washington Times, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Jon Kyl of Arizona said that the U.S. release last month of Laith al-Khazali, a member of a militant Shi'ite group called Asaib al-Haq, may have been part of a deal to gain freedom for three British hostages held since 2007. On June 21, the group sent the bodies of two British hostages...
  • Broader Fed Role Provokes Wide Dissent

    06/18/2009 2:12:40 AM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 11 replies · 856+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 06/18/2009 | Patrice Hill
    President Obama's plan to revamp financial regulations triggered immediate criticism Wednesday from both the political left and right over the expanded policing authorities given to the Federal Reserve while business groups grumbled about a powerful new agency charged with protecting consumers against abusive lending.
  • U.S. Plans Key Role In Naming GM Board

    04/01/2009 3:49:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies · 772+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/1/09 | Peter Whoriskey and Kendra Marr
    The Obama administration will play a key role in reshaping General Motors' board of directors over the next six months, potentially giving it even greater control in the management of the storied American manufacturer.
  • Dust plays role in warmer global temps: study

    03/27/2009 12:54:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 523+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – A decrease in airborne dust and volcanic emissions has contributed to warming the North Atlantic Ocean in the past three decades, a study showed. About 70 percent of the Atlantic's warming since 1980, at an average per-decade rate of a half-degree Fahrenheit (a quarter-degree Celsius), was due to less dust blown from African dust storms or to volcanic eruptions, scientists wrote in the journal Science. "Volcanoes and dust storms are really important if you want to understand (climatic) changes over long periods of time," said the study's lead author Amato Evan, a researcher with the University of...
  • ‘Quiet Professionals’ Continue Key Role in Terror War

    11/03/2008 3:09:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 324+ views
    FORT BRAGG, N.C., Nov. 3, 2008 – They’re called “the quiet professionals” – the elite force that navigated the Afghan mountains on horseback in the opening days of the terror war, and which Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expects to remain in Iraq and Afghanistan long after conventional forces draw down. Sgt. 1st Class Richard Turner, left, Sgt. 1st Class Buddy Lockwood, center, and Master Sgt. Christopher Spence are the faces of U.S. Army Special Forces. They're seasoned soldiers, collectively sharing 52 years of service and multiple combat deployments in a brotherhood Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates calls key...
  • Iran Playing ‘Destabilizing Role’ in Iraq, Crocker Says

    09/11/2007 12:53:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 152+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2007 – U.S. officials are giving Iran’s present role in Iraq “a hard look,” U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker said during an interview on Fox News Channel last night. “Iran's role is harmful. There are no two ways about it,” said Crocker, who appeared on Brit Hume’s special report “Back from Iraq: A Briefing for America” with Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq. The general and the ambassador had spent the day testifying before congressional committees. “They are supporting radical militias,” Crocker said. “They are supplying the explosively formed projectiles...
  • Australians Reject Role For Prince William

    06/29/2007 7:06:59 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 371+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-30-2007 | Nick Squires
    Australians reject role for Prince William By Nick Squires in Sydney Last Updated: 1:27am BST 30/06/2007 Australia yesterday rejected a suggestion that Prince William could become governor-general. The nation reacted indignantly to claims in a new biography of Diana, Princess of Wales that the prince would love the ceremonial position. Even the prime minister John Howard, a monarchist, said that only an Australian could fulfil the role. "We have embraced the idea that the person who occupies that post should be an Australian citizen," he said. Kevin Rudd, the leader of the opposition Labor Party, said: "There is a great...
  • Black Fathers Urged To Be 'Better Role Models' (UK)

    04/08/2007 5:38:41 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 627+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-9-2007 | Graeme Paton
    Black fathers urged to be 'better role models' By Graeme Paton Last Updated: 1:10am BST 09/04/2007 Black fathers must take greater responsibility for their children's education to stop teenage boys turning to gun crime and gang culture, according to Britain's biggest teaching union. The National Union of Teachers said parents in Afro-Caribbean communities, particularly fathers, must become better role models to stop their children being "engulfed" by damaging influences. The warning is contained in a report to be launched today at the union's annual conference in Harrogate. One of the report's authors described the poor academic performance of black boys...
  • US deflates Putin 'unipolar' speech (BBC Analysis--Day 2).

    02/12/2007 3:14:32 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 12 replies · 717+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, February 12, 2007 | Rob Watson
    Mr Putin and Mr Gates are both former spies So will the 43rd Munich Security Conference be remembered as the start of a new Cold War? That is probably the single most important question to emerge from this long weekend of speeches and private chats among the world's most powerful. Certainly Russian President Vladimir Putin's strident speech stands out from the crowd. In it, to recap, he strongly criticised the US and its European allies, with his harshest criticism reserved for Washington. The US had, he said, overstepped its borders in every way, seeking to impose its will on...
  • Putin's speech: Back to cold war? (BBC Analysis).

    02/11/2007 12:46:06 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 18 replies · 1,140+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, February 11, 2007 | Rob Watson
    Mr Putin said the US "has overstepped its borders" The Munich security conference was born in the 1960s - the height of the Cold War. Forty years on, there been talk of a new chill. Given the tone and content of Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to the gathered defence ministers, parliamentarians and pundits, it is not, perhaps, hard to see why. Warming quickly to his task after only the briefest of greetings, President Putin accused the US of establishing, or trying to establish, a "uni-polar" world. "What is a uni-polar world? No matter how we beautify this term,...
  • U.S. to Increase Civilian Advisory Role in Iraq, General Says

    01/20/2007 11:08:26 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 340+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2007 – Stepping up civilian advisors’ role in Iraq is a key part of President Bush’s diplomatic strategy to stabilize the country, the chief operations officer for the Joint Staff said here. In a Jan. 17 interview, Army Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute cited Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s Middle East mission as an important part of the equation. “The most prominent feature on the diplomatic angle is … Secretary Rice right now traveling in the Middle East,” Lute said. “(She is) offering fresh initiatives and seeking Arab support for the American way forward in Iraq.”...
  • U.S. to Increase Role of Military Transition Teams

    12/13/2006 4:52:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 205+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2006 -- To speed the development of Iraqi security forces, the United States is accelerating its use of military, police and border transition teams, a coalition spokesman in Baghdad said today. “Iraqis need capable and honest security forces that are loyal to all of their people,” Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said in a news conference with U.S. and Iraqi media. “They need forces that can run complex operations against terrorists and criminal elements. And the best way for Iraqi security forces to enhance these capabilities is through the mentorship and partnership...
  • (English) Channel's Key Role In Pre-History

    09/16/2006 4:31:38 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 701+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-16-2006 | Paul Ricon
    Channel's key role in pre-history By Paul Rincon Science reporter, BBC News, Gibraltar The remains we find today tell a story of Britain's ancient past A study of prehistoric animals has revealed the crucial role of the English Channel in shaping the course of Britain's natural history. The Channel acted as a filter, letting some animals in from mainland Europe, but not others. Even at times of low sea level, when Britain was not an island, the Channel posed a major barrier to colonisation. This was because a massive river system flowed along its bed, UK researchers told a palaeo-conference...
  • Iraqi Army Battalion Assumes Tal Afar Security Role

    09/04/2006 3:12:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 209+ views
    TAL AFAR, Iraq, Sep. 4, 2006 – The 1st, Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, became the third and final battalion to take the lead in assuming security operations for the city of Tal Afar during a ceremony held at Fort Tal Afar on Sept. 2, U.S. officials reported. On hand for the ceremony were Tal Afar Mayor Najim Abdullah al-Jubori; Maj. Gen. Khorsheed, commander of the 3rd Iraqi Army Division; Brig. Gen. Qais Hamza, commander of the division’s 2nd Brigade; U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Tien, commander of Task Force 2-37; and various dignitaries from the surrounding area....
  • Sailors Play Major Role with 354th Civil Affairs Brigade

    08/18/2006 6:45:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 272+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Daniel Sanford
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (NNS) -- The 354th Civil Affairs Brigade (CAB), the first civil affairs brigade in Iraq made up primarily of Sailors, completed its first four months here, Aug. 16, as the primary administrative controlling manager for civil affairs units throughout Iraq. During the first months of its year-long deployment to Baghdad, the 354 CAB coordinated and ensured the successful completion of numerous community-oriented projects. Among the active-duty individual augmentees and Reservists called upon to deploy with the unit, more than 75 percent of the brigade headquarters is Navy. Army Col. Vernon Harris, 354th CAB's commander, said working in a...
  • Australian troops take on new role

    08/12/2006 3:30:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 282+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Australian Maj. Mark Tanzer
    The formation of Overwatch Battlegroup – West has opened a new chapter in the Australian army’s long and distinguished history of military operations in the Middle East. Formerly known as Al Muthanna Task Group 3, the 450-strong Australian unit is tasked with providing operational supervision in support of Provincial Iraqi Control in Al Muthanna province, southern Iraq. Al Muthanna on July 13 became the first province in Iraq to achieve PIC. It gives Iraqi security forces the lead role in maintaining a secure environment for their people. Following Iraqi control, Multi-National Forces in the province began handing over their bases,...
  • CA: Guard troops deploy as some airport officials question their role

    08/11/2006 8:27:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 445+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/11/06 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's activation of the California National Guard to bolster airline security began seamlessly at some airports on Friday, appeared haphazard at others and was rejected at Oakland International - one of three airports the governor said was most important to protect. With 640 activated troops, the Guard's first airport deployment since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was to begin costing about $128,000 a day in anti-terror funding. The scattershot nature of the deployment was evident throughout the state, with troops helping ease long lines at security checkpoints in Southern California but being relegated to distant fields in San...
  • Special Troops Battalion Plays Key Role in Putting Iraqis in Lead

    07/28/2006 11:05:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 424+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Brent Williams, USA
    WASHINGTON, July 27, 2006 – Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team are working to set conditions for the Iraqi government to take charge of essential services and public works within Baghdad. Army Lt. Col. Joe Gandara, commander of Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, meets with neighborhood representatives in the Doura Baladiya, in southwestern Baghdad. Local representatives often detail the most pressing needs of their neighborhoods and communities. Photo by Staff Sgt. Brent Williams, USA  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The brigade's Special Troops Battalion has taken the lead in...
  • Flying in Nontraditional Role, F-16 Thwarts Terrorist Activity

    07/19/2006 3:51:08 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 540+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Central Command Air Forces Forward
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, July 19, 2006 – A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter, providing nontraditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to coalition ground forces, killed a member of an improvised explosive device cell and identified an IED emplacement yesterday near Baqubah, Iraq, U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials reported today. The F-16 identified three possible IED emplacers and passed the information to ground forces. Ground unit personnel positively identified the terrorists and requested the F-16 engage the hostile forces. The F-16 strafed the terrorists, killing one and ending the engagement. Coalition aircraft, operationally controlled by U.S. Central Command Air Forces from...
  • Scientists Debate Role Climate Change Plays In Creating Civilizations

    07/07/2006 4:04:55 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 534+ views
    Dispatch.Com ^ | 7-4-2006 | Bradley T Lepper
    Scientists debate role climate change plays in creating civilizations Tuesday, July 04, 2006 BRADLEY T . LEPPER One of archaeology’s "big questions" is explaining the origins of civilization. In anthropology, "civilization" has a technical definition. To qualify as a civilization, a society must have all or most of the following characteristics: cities with large populations; a hierarchical social organization, with a king, pharaoh or president at the top of the organizational chart; an economy based on agriculture; monumental architecture; and a system of record-keeping. The earliest civilizations arose in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley and northern China. Based on this...
  • Suit: Wolves Player Watched Porn, Caused Crash(MN)

    06/30/2006 6:42:17 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 61 replies · 2,153+ views
    WCCO ^ | 6-29-06 | Caroline Lowe
    (WCCO) Minneapolis On March 30, Minnesota Timberwolves center Eddie Griffin was drunk and masturbating when he crashed his luxury SUV into a parked Suburban outside a store in Minneapolis, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the man whose Suburban was hit in the crash. The WCCO-TV I-TEAM obtained copies of 911 calls and store surveillance video of the incident, along with an accident report the police submitted to the state. Several of the 911 callers that night said Griffin was drunk. One witness said Griffin told him he was watching pornography in a DVD player mounted on the dashboard...
  • Hamas praises abduction but denies role

    06/28/2006 12:46:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 629+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/06 | Donna Abu-Nasr - ap
    DAMASCUS, Syria - Khaled Mashaal's aides praised the capture of an Israeli soldier as a daring operation but claimed Wednesday that the Damascus-based Hamas leader played no role in it. Israel sees him as the brains behind the abduction and threatened to try to assassinate him. The accusations have placed Mashaal at the center of a debate over who runs Hamas, which has power centers in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Syrian capital — where its leadership is seen by some as the most hard-line. Mashaal has not spoken in public since Sunday's kidnapping of Cpl. Gilad...
  • Iraqi Security Forces Taking Larger Role in Southern Baghdad

    05/26/2006 6:27:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 243+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 26, 2006 – More and more Iraqi national police are working alongside U.S. soldiers in securing southern Baghdad, a U.S. Army colonel working there said today. Terrorists would like the American public to believe violent groups are winning the fight in Baghdad, Army Col. Michael Beech, commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, said from Forward Operating Base Prosperity in central Baghdad. "But, of course, that's not what's happening here," he said. Beech's brigade includes 4,400 U.S. troops, a battalion of soldiers from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, and about 2,000 Iraq soldiers and police....
  • Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) role in Nevada House race seen as 2010 political play

    05/15/2006 7:29:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies · 1,188+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/15/06 | Alexander Bolton
    Reid’s role in Nevada House race seen as 2010 political playBy Alexander Bolton Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is active behind the scenes trying to help defeat Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nev.) in what Nevada political observers interpret as an effort to protect himself from a future challenge. Reid’s prominent role as Democratic Party leader and spokesman is seen as politically risky in a red state that President Bush carried in 2000 and 2004 and Ronald Reagan won twice with over 60 percent of the vote. A recent poll showing that Reid’s approval rating has declined in Nevada raises the...
  • UNC attacker: 'I aimed to exact casualties' (Mohammed Atta one of my role models)

    05/13/2006 4:17:44 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 39 replies · 1,631+ views ^ | 5 12 06 | Observer Staff
    CHAPEL HILL - A man charged with trying to kill students at the University of North Carolina by driving through a popular campus gathering spot says in a series of letters he does not deserve punishment. He also talks about his youth in Charlotte, referring at one point to a school fight he said he started at Myers Park Traditional Elementary School. And he refers to Mohammed Atta, ringleader of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, aqs "one of my role models." Mohammed Taheri-azar is accused of driving a Jeep Cherokee into a crowd of students gathered at...
  • About being laid off and unwanted when you're 59

    04/23/2006 7:49:45 AM PDT · by SmithL · 596 replies · 10,138+ views
    The Star (South Chicago) ^ | 4/23/6 | Michael Bowers
    One of my readers is an underemployed 59-year-old man from among us here in the South Suburbs. Call him Harry. He works in information technology. Slowly and wearily, he says: "Once you get past 50, I swear, it gets tough, it gets really tough." For instance, Harry applied for a job with a city of Chicago department that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He got an offer for some contract work. There were no benefits, but it was a paying job. A woman from the city called him one Monday morning and wanted to know if...
  • Blue-collar envy: Skilled trades appeal to underemployed Ph.D.

    04/04/2006 9:58:28 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 193 replies · 3,720+ views
    Computerworld ^ | APRIL 04, 2006 | Elva Angelique Van Devender
    My husband jokes that I should have been an electrician. In this age of outsourcing and job insecurity, the trades seem to us to be the best professions of the future. To be sure, most aren't glamorous and are often physically demanding. But a number seem to have financial security and stability, and their job portability doesn't hurt, either. Many of us white-collar employees don't get to choose where we will live; we must go wherever our employer requires us. Many folks in the trades can command a good income, choose their own hours, and put down roots in a...
  • Official Cites Increasing Iraqi Security Role With U.S. Backup

    03/24/2006 6:01:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 298+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 24, 2006 – As Iraqi forces assume more responsibility for security duties, they're receiving backup and other kinds of support from the U.S. military, a senior Defense Department spokesman said here today. "U.S. military forces remain in supporting roles with the ability to offer a surge capability to Iraqi security forces," Bryan Whitman told Pentagon reporters. U.S. forces in Iraq also provide logistical support to fledgling Iraqi security forces, Whitman said. Whitman agreed with Army Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey's assessment during a briefing from Iraq earlier today that Iraqi forces are rapidly moving toward taking over border- control...
  • Study backs California's role in setting emission standards

    03/16/2006 9:36:33 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 197+ views
    AP on Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 3/16/06 | Ken Thomas - ap
    WASHINGTON - A government report released Thursday does not recommend giving the Environmental Protection Agency the power to stop states from adopting tough vehicle-emission standards similar to those in California. In a setback for automakers, the National Academies' National Research Council said California's role in setting emission standards has been scientifically valid and necessary because of persistent pollution in parts of the nation's most populous state. The study, eagerly anticipated by the auto industry and environmentalists, examined emissions standards for mobile sources such as cars, light trucks and construction vehicles. The panel found that substantial progress has been made in...
  • Special Operations Forces 'Play a Leading Role' in Terror Fight

    03/09/2006 2:56:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 394+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 8, 2006 – Multiservice U.S. special operations forces are at the tip of the spear in the war against global terrorism, a senior DoD official said on Capitol Hill today. America's special operators continue "to play a leading role in our nation's current campaigns" against international terrorists at far-flung battlefields in Afghanistan, Iraq and other locales, Thomas W. O'Connell said in remarks prepared for delivery to the House Armed Services Committee. Terrorists in these places are being given a drubbing by U.S. military and allied forces, said O'Connell, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity...
  • Peru, Mexico Finds Hint At Woman's Role

    03/03/2006 4:37:15 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 367+ views
    Newsday ^ | 3-3-2006 | Carl Hartman
    Peru, Mexico Finds Hint At Women's RolesBy CARL HARTMAN Associated Press Writer March 3, 2006, 2:33 PM EST (In a March 2 story about an archaeological exhibit on pre-Columbian women, The Associated Press erroneously reported where it's on view. The exhibit is at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, not the Smithsonian Institution's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. A corrected version of the story appears below.) WASHINGTON (AP) -- Archaeological finds from Mexico and Peru show that, long before Europeans arrived, women served as warriors, governors and priestesses. An exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts...
  • Military To Plan For Larger Role In Disaster Relief: Pentagon

    02/23/2006 2:07:27 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 339+ views
    Yahoo News - AFP ^ | 2-23-2006
    Military to plan for larger role in disaster relief: Pentagon WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US military will plan to assume a larger role in domestic disaster relief, including taking the lead in major catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina, a Pentagon spokesman said. A White House report on the lessons of Katrina said the military and the coast guard proved to be the only federal entities capable of turning the president's orders into prompt action on the ground. A key recommendation of the report was for the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security to plan for "those extraordinary circumstances when it is...