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Saturday, July 17, 2004

Armstrong Clears Path to Sixth Tour Title

Armstrong Clears Path to Sixth Tour Title
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PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France - Start icing the champagne. Lance Armstrong cleared his path to a record sixth straight Tour de France crown, overpowering rivals to win the 13th stage Saturday. His two-day display of dominant mountain riding has all but decided cycling's showcase event even before it veers into the Alps next week.





Clay Winn of Taser demonstrates the Advanced M26. Since 2001, about 50 people have died after Taser shocks.
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The New York Times > National > As Police Use of Tasers Rises, Questions Over Safety Increase

The New York Times > National > As Police Use of Tasers Rises, Questions Over Safety Increase: "As Police Use of Tasers Rises, Questions Over Safety Increase
By ALEX BERENSON

Published: July 18, 2004

NAZARETH, Pa. � As the sun set on June 24, something snapped in Kris J. Lieberman, an unemployed landscaper who lived a few miles from this quiet town. For 45 minutes, he crawled deliriously around a pasture here, moaning and pounding his head against the weedy ground.
Eventually the police arrived, carrying a Taser M26, an electric gun increasingly popular with law enforcement officers nationwide. The gun fires electrified barbs up to 21 feet, hitting suspects with a disabling charge."

CNN.com - Source: 9/11 report to recommend new Cabinet post - Jul 17, 2004

CNN.com - Source: 9/11 report to recommend new Cabinet post - Jul 17, 2004: "WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The final report from the 9/11 commission will recommend creating a Cabinet-level post to oversee intelligence responsibilities that are spread across the government, according to a source familiar with the document.
The position is described as a new national director of intelligence. It has previously been described in public statements by several commission members and in proposals now before Congress, the source said."

The New York Times > Business > Hourly Pay in U.S. Not Keeping Pace With Price Rises

The New York Times > Business > Hourly Pay in U.S. Not Keeping Pace With Price Rises: "Hourly Pay in U.S. Not Keeping Pace With Price Rises
By EDUARDO PORTER

The amount of money workers receive in their paychecks is failing to keep up with inflation. Though wages should recover if businesses continue to hire, three years of job losses have left a large worker surplus. "

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Al-Qaeda 'dismantled' in Iran

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Al-Qaeda 'dismantled' in Iran: "Al-Qaeda 'dismantled' in Iran

Al-Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith is alleged to be in Iran
Iran says it has located and dismantled all branches of the al-Qaeda network in the country.
Intelligence minister Ali Yunesi said his ministry had stopped al-Qaeda's terrorist acts, state TV reported.
However, the broadcast gave no details of the operation and did not say how many people had been detained"

Todd Hamion, third round leader at British Open Posted by Hello

BBC SPORT | Golf | Hamilton heads star names

BBC SPORT | Golf | Hamilton heads star names: "Hamilton heads star names
By Rob Hodgetts
BBC Sport at Royal Troon


R3 LEADERBOARD
-8 T Hamilton (US)
-7 E Els (SA)
-6 P Mickelson (US), R Goosen (US), T Levet (Fra)
-5 B Lane (Eng)
-4 T Woods (US), S Verplank (US)
-3 M Weir (Can), C Montgomerie (Sco), S Kendall (US)

American Todd Hamilton surged into a one-shot lead over Ernie Els with one round left of the Open at Royal Troon.
The 38-year-old fired a second straight 67 to reach eight under and head a star-studded leaderboard as South Africa's Els carded a 68.
Masters champion Phil Mickelson (68) moved to six under alongside US Open winner Retief Goosen and Thomas Levet.
England's Barry Lane stayed at five under with Tiger Woods one back and Colin Montgomerie on three under.
Hamilton began at four under and picked up shots at the fourth, sixth and eighth to go out in 33 before bagging a further birdie at the short 14th.
World number two Els edged closer despite dropping back to four under at the 11th, while fourth-ranked Mickelson and sixth-ranked Goosen (68) both closed to within striking distance.
France's Levet led for much of the third round after reaching nine under at the sixth but fell away with a double bogey at the tough 11th and a further dropped shot at the more straightforward 16th.
Woods, the world's best player, also carded a 68 to give himself a chance, as the experienced Lane reached as much as eight under at the 15th before leaking two shots at 17 and one more at 18. "

The New York Times > Opinion > Editorial Observer: Strom Thurmond Continued: The Known World of Ms. Washington-Williams

The New York Times > Opinion > Editorial Observer: Strom Thurmond Continued: The Known World of Ms. Washington-Williams: "July 17, 2004
EDITORIAL OBSERVER
Strom Thurmond Continued: The Known World of Ms. Washington-Williams
By BRENT STAPLES

f newspapers reach the afterlife, then Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina is having a fitful time in that great Senate chamber in the sky. Mr. Thurmond, who died last year at the age of 100, spent half of the 20th century fending off the rumor that he had fathered a child of Carrie Butler, a black maid who worked in his family's home during the 1920's. He had been dead less than a year when Ms. Butler's daughter, a retired teacher named Essie Mae Washington-Williams, came forward to claim him as her father, explaining that he had met secretly with her for decades while denying her existence in public.
As a young woman, Ms. Washington-Williams calculated that having a fraction of a father glimpsed in back rooms was preferable to having no father at all. But since his death, she has laid claim to the Thurmond legacy in a very public way, not least of all by having her name inscribed alongside the names of the senator's other children on the Thurmond memorial outside the South Carolina Statehouse. Along the way, she has consciously transformed her family's story into a penetrating lesson on the history of race in the early South."

China begins war games, eyes Taiwan by 2020

China begins war games, eyes Taiwan by 2020: "China begins war games, eyes Taiwan by 2020
BEIJING: China has kicked off war games simulating an invasion of Taiwan, a Beijing-backed Hong Kong newspaper said yesterday as military chief Jiang Zemin vowed to recover the democratic island by 2020.
China believes Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian will push for formal statehood after winning a second four-year term in March and is preparing for a possible showdown with the island.
The week-long land, sea and air exercises started on Dongshan island off China's southeastern coast in the first half of July after months of preparation, the Ta Kung Pao newspaper said.
About 18,000 troops were taking part in the exercises, which would aim for the first time to demonstrate air superiority in the Taiwan Strait, the newspaper said. "

The New York Times > Washington > U.S. Is Readying Review Panels for Cuba Base

The New York Times > Washington > U.S. Is Readying Review Panels for Cuba Base: "July 17, 2004
U.S. Is Readying Review Panels for Cuba Base
By NEIL A. LEWIS

WASHINGTON, July 16 -Moving at what officials acknowledge is extraordinary speed, the Pentagon may begin special military hearings by the end of next week allowing prisoners held as unlawful combatants at Guant�namo Bay, Cuba, to try to convince a board of officers that they are being wrongly detained.
At the same time, law firms enlisted by civil liberties groups have been rushing to establish a different route of challenging the detentions, by filing court petitions. By next week, petitions may have been filed in federal court here on behalf of as many as a third of the detainees.
In effect, the two sides are engaged in a kind of undeclared legal battle to decide how the fate of the 594 detainees remaining in Cuba will be determined in light of a Supreme Court ruling issued last month. And both the Pentagon and the defense lawyers evidently believe that they need to move speedily to gain an advantage.
In their decision, the justices held that the federal judiciary's reach extended to Guant�namo Bay and that prisoners there must be allowed an opportunity to challenge their detention before a judge or other 'neutral decision-maker.'' "

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Public Likes Edwards, but Race Is Still Close

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Public Likes Edwards, but Race Is Still Close: "

Public Likes Edwards, but Race Is Still Close
By RICHARD W. STEVENSON and JANET ELDER

Published: July 17, 2004

WASHINGTON, July 16 - Senator John Edwards is viewed far more favorably than unfavorably by Americans in the aftermath of his introduction as Senator John Kerry's running mate, and the intensity of feeling for Mr. Kerry has deepened, among his backers in the presidential race, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
But naming Mr. Edwards did not immediately win over any substantial number of voters for the Democratic ticket, and the campaign between Mr. Kerry and President Bush remains statistically deadlocked as Mr. Kerry heads toward the Democratic convention and his best opportunity to make a strong impression on the country, the poll found"

BBC NEWS | Middle East | State of emergency in Gaza Strip

BBC NEWS | Middle East | State of emergency in Gaza Strip: "State of emergency in Gaza Strip


Rashid Abu Shabak offered to quit over kidnappings in Gaza
Palestinian security services in the Gaza Strip have been placed on a state of alert after a day of kidnappings.
Two of the most senior Palestinian security officials have offered to resign, but reports say Yasser Arafat has not accepted the resignations. "

CNN.com - Six dead in Iraqi explosions - Jul 17, 2004

CNN.com - Six dead in Iraqi explosions - Jul 17, 2004: "Saturday, July 17, 2004 Posted: 9:31 AM EDT (1331 GMT)

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- At least six people were killed and dozens hurt when car bombs went off at the same time in Baghdad and the nearby city of Mahmudiya on Saturday, Iraqi police said."

TIME.com: 9/11 Commission Finds Ties Between al-Qaeda and Iran

TIME.com: 9/11 Commission Finds Ties Between al-Qaeda and Iran: "W E B E X C L U S I V E
9/11 Commission Finds Ties Between al-Qaeda and Iran
Senior U.S. officials have told TIME that the 9/11 Commission's report will cite evidence suggesting that the 9/11 hijackers had previously passed through Iran
By ADAM ZAGORIN AND JOE KLEIN

Friday, Jul. 16, 2004
Next week's much anticipated final report by a bipartisan commission on the origins of the 9/11 attacks will contain new evidence of contacts between al-Qaeda and Iran�just weeks after the Administration has come under fire for overstating its claims of contacts between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
A senior U.S. official told TIME that the Commission has uncovered evidence suggesting that between eight and ten of the 14 'muscle' hijackers�that is, those involved in gaining control of the four 9/11 aircraft and subduing the crew and passengers�passed through Iran in the period from October 2000 to February 2001. Sources also tell TIME that Commission investigators found that Iran had a history of allowing al-Qaeda members to enter and exit Iran across the Afghan border. This practice dated back to October 2000, with Iranian officials issuing specific instructions to their border guards�in some cases not to put stamps in the passports of al-Qaeda personnel�and otherwise not harass them and to facilitate their travel across the frontier. The report does not, however, offer evidence that Iran was aware of the plans for the 9/11 attacks.
The senior official also told TIME that the report will note that Iranian officials approached the al-Qaeda leadership after the bombing of the USS Cole and proposed a collaborative relationship in future attacks on the U.S., but the offer was turned down by bin Laden because he did not want to alie"

The New York Times > Washington > 9/11 Panel Is Said to Urge New Post for Intelligence

The New York Times > Washington > 9/11 Panel Is Said to Urge New Post for Intelligence: "9/11 Panel Is Said to Urge New Post for Intelligence
By PHILIP SHENON

Published: July 17, 2004

WASHINGTON, July 16 - The final report of the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks will recommend the creation of a cabinet-level post to oversee the nation's intelligence agencies, a position that would take power away from the C.I.A., the F.B.I., the National Security Council, the Pentagon and other agencies that face blistering criticism from the panel, government officials who have seen the report said.
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They said that the creation of the post of a national intelligence director would be the most important of the recommendations in the long-awaited report, which is due out next week."

Friday, July 16, 2004


Campbell on the way to a second round 71 Posted by Hello

PGA.com / The Open Championship / News / Hamilton, Singh join Campbell as clubhouse leaders

PGA.com / The Open Championship / News / Hamilton, Singh join Campbell as clubhouse leaders: "Hamilton, Singh join Campbell as clubhouse leaders
An American finally shot to the top of the leaderboard at the 133rd Open Championship, but it's not anyone you would guess. Journeyman Todd Hamilton, who broke through for his first PGA Tour win in March at the Honda Classic, shot a stellar 4-under 67 Friday to join Fiji's Vijay Singh and New Zealand's Michael Campbell as clubhouse leaders at blustery Royal Troon. "

Wi-Fi Banned From Political Conventions | Not a Candidate for Either Party | July 22, 2004 | Network Computing

Wi-Fi Banned From Political Conventions | Not a Candidate for Either Party | July 22, 2004 | Network Computing: "Wi-Fi Banned From Political Conventions
Not a Candidate for Either Party

Anyone looking for Internet access at the upcoming political conventions better be prepared to pay big.


Jul 22, 2004 | By Dave Molta

Wi-Fi has been banned from the floor of the upcoming Democratic and Republican national conventions this summer because it interferes with wireless broadcast TV systems. Those who need Internet access at the conventions--and in this day of electronic politics, that's a lot of people--will have to call on Verizon, the official telecommunications provider for both events, for an Ethernet drop at about $1,000 a pop."

Whoopi Goldberg Posted by Hello

New York Daily News - Home - Whoopi slams GOP

New York Daily News - Home - Whoopi slams GOP: "
Whoopi Goldberg

WASHINGTON - Whoopi Goldberg lashed out at Republicans again yesterday, branding them hypocrites for trying to 'punish' her for joking about the President.
Fired from her gig as SlimFast spokeswoman, the salty entertainer hit back at Republicans who threatened a SlimFast boycott over sexual puns she made about President Bush's name at a Democratic fund-raiser."

Martha Stewart gets five months prison term - Jul. 16, 2004

Martha Stewart gets five months prison term - Jul. 16, 2004

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and fined $30,000 Friday for lying to investigators about her sale of ImClone Systems stock in late 2001.


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International Herald Tribune > Mandela links fight against AIDS to TB

 
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He cites growing threat to third world

BANGKOK Nelson Mandela came to the 15th International AIDS Conference here Thursday to lend his prestige to the battles against tuberculosis and AIDS, two deadly diseases that are intricately linked.
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The former president of South Africa was diagnosed with tuberculosis while in prison, where he spent 27 years for opposing the former apartheid regime before his release in 1994.
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"We cannot win the battle against AIDS if we do not also fight TB," Mandela said at a press conference on Thursday. "TB is too often a death sentence for people with AIDS."

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Citing Falwell's Endorsement of Bush, Group Challenges His Tax-Exempt Status

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Citing Falwell's Endorsement of Bush, Group Challenges His Tax-Exempt Status: "Citing Falwell's Endorsement of Bush, Group Challenges His Tax-Exempt Status
By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

Published: July 16, 2004

Hoping to send a warning to churches helping the Bush campaign turn out conservative voters, a liberal group has filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service charging that an organization run by the Rev. Jerry Falwell has violated the requirements of its tax-exempt status by endorsing Mr. Bush's re-election."

The New York Times > Opinion > A Pause for Hindsight

The New York Times > Opinion > A Pause for Hindsight
 
Over the last few months, this page has repeatedly demanded that President Bush acknowledge the mistakes his administration made when it came to the war in Iraq, particularly its role in misleading the American people about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction and links with Al Qaeda. If we want Mr. Bush to be candid about his mistakes, we should be equally open about our own.

The New York Times > International > Asia Pacific > Former Leader Is Still a Power in China's Life

The New York Times > International > Asia Pacific > Former Leader Is Still a Power in China's Life

The New York Times > International > Middle East > A People Adrift | Second of Two Articles: Isolated and Angry, Gaza Battles Itself, Too

The New York Times > International > Middle East > A People Adrift | Second of Two Articles: Isolated and Angry, Gaza Battles Itself, Too

NAACP fight with GOP boils hotter

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WASHINGTON, July 15 (UPI) -- The NAACP's spat with the Bush White House kicked up a notch Thursday as U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige publicly rebuked the civil rights group.
Paige, one of many blacks holding senior positions in the Bush administration, condemned recent accusations by NAACP leaders that black conservatives were merely fronts for white interests.

Chinese produce new type of sub - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - July 16, 2004

Chinese produce new type of sub - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - July 16, 2004
 
China's naval buildup has produced a new type of attack submarine that U.S. intelligence did not know was under construction, according to U.S. defense and intelligence officials.

BBC NEWS | Business | Chinese economic growth slowing

BBC NEWS | Business | Chinese economic growth slowing

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Philippines set for Iraq pull-out

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Philippines set for Iraq pull-out

BBC NEWS | Business | Martha Stewart sentencing is due

BBC NEWS | Business | Martha Stewart sentencing is due

BBC NEWS | Africa | Libya to open Darfur aid corridor

BBC NEWS | Africa | Libya to open Darfur aid corridor

BBC NEWS | Africa | UN probes abuses in Ivory Coast

BBC NEWS | Africa | UN probes abuses in Ivory Coast

BBC NEWS | Americas | Cuba to help Caribbean fight Aids

BBC NEWS | Americas | Cuba to help Caribbean fight Aids

Former chess champ Bobby Fischer detained in Japan

Former chess champ Bobby Fischer detained in Japan