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SCHENKENDORF, Germany May 07, 2002 (Reuters) - If an affable antiques
dealer who goes by the name of Count Dracula gets his way, Germany may
soon have a small kingdom with low taxes and no bureaucracy within its
Fed up with intransigent state officials and high taxation, the
curly-haired Berlin native and adopted descendent of the Romanian royal
family has declared independence for his 38 acre estate lying in a forest
region south of Berlin.
The count, whose full name is Ottomar Rodolphe Vlad Dracula Prince
Kretzulesco, is now trying to turn the entire village of Schenkendorf with
its 1,200 inhabitants into the "Kingdom of Dracula" -- with
important backing from local elected leaders.
"We are going to take our battle for independence as far as we
can," said Dracula, who was formally adopted by Dracula descendent
Katarina Olympia Princess Kretzulesco Caradja in 1990, four years before
"We're very serious about it," said the heir of the 15th century
Transylvanian prince whose rule inspired Irish novelist Bram Stoker's 19th
century Dracula. "We're tired of the state working against us rather
than for us. They have the mentality 'No, it won't work, No we can't do
that, No that's not allowed'."
Dracula, who used his famous name to set up a thriving restaurant and beer
garden on the estate 40 miles south of Berlin, said there would be no
bureaucrats in his kingdom and there would be a maximum tax rate of 20
"We want to create a place where people can enjoy life, where they
can laugh and wander through town with smiles rather than frowns on their
faces," he said. "No more hassles, no more bureaucracy, no more
The state of Brandenburg is still treating the declaration of independence
as a humorous matter even though Dracula has put up an official-looking
sign reading "Kingdom of Dracula" on the road leading to his
Dracula, 61, has also begun printing about maroon-colored passports,
complete with the blue, black and yellow Kretzulesco family crest. He is
mulling a proposal to offer non-residents the chance to purchase
"honorary citizenships." [For forty bucks! Ed.] He also has
advanced plans for the kingdom's own stamps, car license plates and even
hired a management company to help him market his kingdom, although he has
so far steered away from any suggestion of creating a currency to rival
"Legal reasons," he said.
The 46-room "Dracula Castle," a 19th century three-story
greystone mansion that bears little resemblance to the forbidding medieval
castle of his dreaded Romanian namesake, would be at the center of the
independent state. Dracula has set up a shadow government cabinet with the
Schenkendorf mayor picked to become the first president while he himself
would become the "kingdom's representative."
Brandenburg Interior Minister Joerg Schoenbohm sparked the rebellion by
issuing an order that would force Schenkendorf to merge with seven other
small nearby villages -- an administrative act designed largely to cut
"Perhaps Count Dracula can be persuaded by the argument that
declaring a kingdom is unconstitutional," said Schoenbohm when
confronted by the challenge that has drawn widespread local media
coverage. "And if that doesn't work, we always have garlic."
Dracula said he
wasn't amused by the "garlic defense" plans.
leaders shouldn't make dumb comments like that," he retorted.
The order from the state capital in Potsdam to create a single large town
with 8,700 residents spread out over a six square mile radius has stirred
widespread opposition in the region, especially in Schenkendorf. Lutz
Krause, Schenkendorf's deputy mayor and the Kingdom's designated
"interior minister," said Dracula's initiative may have been
launched as a gag but it has since taken on a life of its own. He said
town leaders fully backed the kingdom plans.
"We want to remain an independent town," Krause said. "We
are completely against the state's decision to forcibly incorporate the
villages here. We've always been an independent town, for more than 600
Krause, a part-time politician who owns a local electrician company,
acknowledges the idea to create an independent "Kingdom of
Dracula" in the middle of depressed eastern Germany was more of a
tourist attraction than a genuine threat to the state. But he insisted the
campaign for independence was no longer a laughing matter.
"Certainly it was at first a gimmick to get some attention for our
complaints about the forced incorporation of the villages," Krause
said. "But in the meantime it has developed far beyond that. There
are indeed legal hurdles, but we are evaluating how far we can go."
Count Dracula, a philanthropist at heart, has in the past often tried to
attract attention to useful causes with his unusual name.
He has, for example, hosted popular "blood donor" festival on
his estate for the German Red Cross, rising from a coffin to open parties
that have been attended by thousands of donors who have left behind more
than 3,000 liters of blood. He has also raised charity money for an
orphanage in Romania. His estate has also been used for medieval jousting
festivals. The menu at the restaurant includes "Dracula
sausages" filled with garlic and blood-red schnapps.
A charismatic figure with a full mustache who often glides into his
restaurant and its popular beer garden wearing an elegant tailcoat,
Dracula has extraordinary aura. Born in west Berlin as Ottomar Berbig and
trained as a baker, Dracula delights in telling the story about how he got
the famous name.
He had given up baking and was an antiques dealer in West Berlin when an
elderly woman entered his store one day in 1978 wanting to sell heirlooms.
The dealer and Princess Kretzulesco Caradja became friends and she invited
him to go to Paris to meet the rest of her family.
"She said I looked 'Romanian'," Dracula said. She later told him
the family had no male heirs to carry the family name so she decided to
"It's a name you can't forget," he said.
Stake out Drac at http://www.prince-dracula.com
(Hint: jump to the left for English version.)
[The real Dracula, Vlad Tepes, a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler, was not from
Germany. Vlad was born in Sighisoara, Transylvania (northern Romania) in
of bin Laden Found at Aleqehl?
By Tom Newton Dunn
Tora Bora May 8 2002 (Daily Record) - Troops in Afghanistan say they may
have found Osama bin Laden's grave. Samples from 23 bodies are being
DNA-tested after Canadian soldiers stumbled on an al-Qaeda cemetery near
the madman's fallen stronghold at Tora Bora.
Captain Philip Nicholson, who led the hunt at the graveyard, said:
"It's quite possible bin Laden could be there."
The terrorists buried in the village of Aleqehl are Arabs like bin Laden.
The Canadians say some were his bodyguards. Driven from Tora Bora by US
and Afghan forces, the 23 were trapped in mountains and blown to pieces by
bombs and shell fire. Local villagers say "a very big man" was
one of the group. Allied forces hunting bin Laden are sure he was in Tora
Bora at the time.
A local Taliban commander made villagers bury the bodies after the battle
last December. Up to 1000 people came to a funeral for the men, suggesting
a VIP was among them. And the well-kept cemetery has now become a holy
site, with pilgrims walking miles to visit it. The graves are lit at night
and marked with green and white flags reserved for Moslem
The 400-strong Canadian force had been looking for information on what
happened to al-Qaeda leaders at Tora Bora. SAS undercover teams found
caves for the Canadians to explore. But the force came upon the Aleqehl
cemetery by chance after a pilgrim was seen praying there.
The Canadians dug by hand for two days to recover the badly damaged and
decomposed bodies. As each corpse was pulled out, forensic experts from
the US army collected hair and skin samples. An FBI team supervised the
One of the soldiers involved, Corporal Troy McCann, said: "It was
pretty horrible work but I'd certainly feel real proud if we were the guys
who found bin Laden."
The force's commander, Lieutenant Colonel Pat Storgan, said: "Local
people told us 23 special fighters were taken down from the mountains. One
was a very big man who was given the best position in the cemetery. Bin
Laden did fight at Tora Bora and very little has been seen of him since.
Finding him at the cemetery may be a long shot. But if it is not him, we
expect it to be one of his senior lieutenants."
The DNA samples from Aleqehl are being tested in secret. Relatives of bin
Laden have given some of their DNA so scientists can make comparisons. But
the Americans, in overall command of the operation, are keen to play down
the find in case it is another false alarm.
Dozens of rumors persist about bin Laden's fate. Some say he is buried
under tons of rock in one of many bombed-out caves at Tora Bora, while
others insist he fled into nearby Pakistan. A Pakistani newspaper report
last year said bin Laden had been buried near Tora Bora. But it also
claimed he died of natural causes. The Canadians were sent to Tora Bora
after battlefield pictures from US Predator spy planes suggested top
al-Qaeda leaders were killed there.
The spy planes spotted senior terrorists running into caves which were
smashed minutes later by American bombs. Tons of debris stopped the
Canadians getting into three of the four caves they wanted to check. They
are likely to return to the area with heavy machinery.
British Royal Marines continued the hunt for al-Qaeda in south-east
Afghanistan yesterday. A 1000-strong force has been involved in Operation
Snipe for eight days but the Commandos have yet to find the enemy.
Otis Blackwell Dead at 70
May 7, 2002 (AP) - Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs including
"Don't Be Cruel" and "All Shook Up" for Elvis Presley,
died Monday of a heart attack. He was 70.
Blackwell wrote more than 1,000 songs that were recorded by performers
such as Ray Charles, Billy Joel, The Who, James Taylor, Otis Redding,
Peggy Lee and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Some of Blackwell's other credits include "Great Balls of Fire"
and "Breathless," both recorded by Lewis; "Handy Man"
by Taylor; "Fever" by Lee; "Daddy Rolling Stone" by
The Who; and "Return to Sender" and "All Shook Up,"
each recorded by Presley.
Blackwell was credited with writing songs that sold more than 185 million
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Blackwell grew up wanting to be a singer. While
recording songs for a small company in New York City, he was asked to
write songs as well.
Blackwell often sang the songs himself before they were recorded, and some
music historians believe his style influenced Presley's.
Recognizes Indian Sovereignty on the Web
Indian Country Today
WASHINGTON, D.C. May 03, 2002 (ICT) - In a possible breakthrough for the
Bush Administration’s understanding of tribal sovereignty, the General
Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of the Interior
eGovernment initiative announced April 26 that recognized tribes may
participate in a program that will them to use the ".gov" domain
name suffix on their official web sites.
"This has been an idea bandied around for quite some time; for it to
happen now affirms President Bush’s policy of treating American Indian
tribes as sovereign governments," said Interior Assistant
Secretary-Indian Affairs Neal McCaleb.
The GSA is the government agency that grants the .gov domain name suffix
to government entities and the suffixes are generally used to identify the
function of a specific organization. Currently, many tribes use the .nsn
suffix meaning "native sovereign nation."
Steve Adams, accounting director and web site manager for the United South
and Eastern Tribes (USET), said the ".gov" designation helps to
establish a more government-to-government relationship between tribes and
the federal government.
"For us it recognizes that the administration is at least making an
effort to recognize tribes as a government entity," said Adams.
"It’s a small gesture, but an important gesture."
President Bush’s Management and Performance Agenda has set the
e-Government program as a top initiative, according to the DOI. The
initiative is intended to provide pertinent information about tribal
programs and agencies and business transactions and to provide services to
individuals over the Internet on a "24-7" basis.
A statement from the DOI said a tribe would need to apply to the Office of
the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs to receive the domain name suffix.
Tribes will need to include a letter of application, a tribal resolution
or minutes of a meeting granting authorization or designating an
individual as being authorized to make the written request. An example of
web content guidelines for the new sites can be obtained by contacting
Paul Marsden, e-Government Officer at (703) 390-6308.
also take place at http://www.gov-registration.gov
School Mummy Has Her Day
BY JIM RITTER
Naperville IL May 6, 2002 (Chicago Sun-Times) - Butch, Naperville Central
High School's treasured Egyptian mummy, needs a new nickname. It turns out
the child mummy probably was a girl.
DNA analysis of the mummy's tooth shows, with more than 99 percent
certainty, that it was female. The tests were commissioned by National
Geographic's "The Mummy Road Show," a weekly cable TV series
that is producing a documentary on the mummy, which will air in the summer
"So now we can't call her Butch any more," the school Web site
said. "Any ideas for a new name?"
Naperville Central is believed to be the only high school in the country
to own a mummy. A local doctor apparently purchased the mummy decades ago,
when mummies were sold openly to tourists.
He gave the mummy
to the local historical society, which donated it to the school in the
late 1940s or early 1950s.
The mummy, which
appears to be of a child between 7 and 9 years old, ended up on the floor
of a storage room, wrapped in drapes. Around 1975, a teacher rediscovered
it while looking for artifacts to use in his anthropology class.
There were holes in
the mummy's side, and parts of the skull and leg bone were visible through
the deteriorating wrappings. The head was wobbly and a foot was coming
The University of Chicago's Oriental Institute repaired the mummy in the
early 1990s. And the mummy recently received a new $4,000 mahogany display
A local clinic that took CT scans and X-rays of the mummy in 1994
concluded the child was a boy, based on the configuration of the hips. But
the new DNA tests failed to find evidence of the male Y chromosome,
indicating the child was almost certainly female.
The new tests also included radiocarbon dating. Researchers now are 93
percent certain the mummy dates to between 55 B.C. and 30 B.C. This would
put her in the Ptolemaic period, a time when Egypt was ruled by Greeks.
Her family probably was wealthy.
Naperville Central's Mummy Web Pages - http://www.ncusd203.org/central/mummyweb
By Mary Wiltenburg
Christian Science Monitor
May 8, 2002 (CSM) - From bowling to nursery rhymes, patron saints to iron
ore, our language is peppered with references to motherhood. We all have a
motherland, a mother tongue, and, we hope, some mother wit – but how
many know what it means to spot a mother cloud, or serve in the Mother
Green? This Mother's Day, the Monitor looks at some familiar
"mothers" – and some you may not have heard of.
Mother Ann - The
founder and spiritual leader of the American Society of Shakers, Ann Lee
was born in Manchester, England, in 1736 and worked as a child in the
When her own four
children died young, she joined a religious group referred to as the
"Shaking Quakers," whose members gave themselves over to being
physically and spiritually "moved by the spirit of God."
Ann began having visions and attracting followers among the group; she
felt Christ Jesus was speaking to her directly. While imprisoned for her
beliefs, she had a vision of Jesus and told her followers that his
appearance to her "showed that his second coming would be as a
woman." Historians disagree about whether her followers believed her
to be this second coming, or merely a prophet. Either way, in 1774 they
traveled with her to America to escape further persecution.
Mother cloud - The cloud from which the funnel of a tornado descends.
Mother Green - A nickname for the United States Marine Corps, used by
career soldiers during the Vietnam War.
Mother Goose - No one knows if this legendary author of popular children's
rhymes – often pictured as an old woman riding on a gander – ever
existed. Scholars who believe she did suggest as her namesake everyone
from the biblical Queen of Sheba to Charlemagne's mother, Queen Bertha.
Others argue for a woman named Elizabeth Goose, Vergoose, or Vertigoose,
who supposedly lived in colonial Boston. But no evidence supports these
More likely, the title of the famous 1781 nursery rhyme collection
"Mother Goose's Melody" was derived from an engraving in the
front of a 1697 book of fairy tales by French author Charles Perrault. It
features an old woman telling a tale; a sign behind her reads "Contes
de Ma Mère L'Oye" (or "Tales of My Mother Goose,"), an
expression meaning "old wives' tales."
In 1768, an English version of Perrault's book was published under the
title "Mother Goose's Tales." The book was so popular that its
publisher, John Newbery, decided to capitalize on its fame by releasing
"Mother Goose's Melody."
Mother Hubbard - A term used alternately to refer to a long shapeless
dress often worn for housework, or to the woman supposed to have worn it:
a 16th-century character from the Mother Goose rhyme beginning "Old
Mother Hubbard/ Went to the cupboard/ To fetch her poor dog a
Mother-in-law - This term for the mother of a person's husband or wife
doubles as the name of the back seat on a two-seater airplane and the
number 7 pin in bowling.
Mother Jones - Charismatic spitfire Mary Harris Jones was a legendary
labor organizer of the early 1900s. After a childhood of abject poverty in
Ireland, she lost her husband and four young children to yellow fever and
vowed to do something for the working poor. She earned a reputation as a
fierce eccentric with a sharp tongue and a gift for rallying people around
her. Among the leaders of several union and political groups, she
organized miners, bottle washers, child mill workers, steelworkers, and
Mother lode - Literally the name for the main vein of ore in a mine, the
expression "to hit the mother lode" has, since the 1880s, meant
"to strike it rich."
Mother Teresa - Winner of the Nobel Prize for her work with the poor of
Calcutta, India, Mother Teresa was born Agnes Bojaxhiu in Skopje, now the
capital of Macedonia, in 1910. At 18 she left home to do missionary work,
only to spend the next 20 years teaching in an aristocratic Calcutta
In 1950, she received permission from the Vatican to start her own order,
the Missionaries of Charity, who vow "to put [themselves] entirely
and wholeheartedly at the free service of the poor." Today the order
numbers more than 3,000 sisters, 500 brothers, and 4 million lay workers
worldwide; their projects include street outreach, clinics, children's
homes, homes for the dying, and a leper colony.
Necessity is ... Where would've Edison been without it?
Mother's Day - Julia Ward Howe, who wrote "The Battle Hymn of the
Republic," suggested the idea of a "Mothers' Peace Day" in
1872, but the first public observance of Mother's Day in the US was in
1907, in Grafton, W.Va. That year Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia asked her
mother's old church to host a celebration on the anniversary of the death
of her mother, a Civil War-era activist. Many cities and states adopted
the tradition before President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother's Day,
celebrated on the second Sunday in May, a national holiday in 1914.
Unfortunately, Ms. Jarvis's achievement soon turned sour for her, and she
spent her maternal inheritance campaigning – even filing lawsuits and
getting arrested – to stop the commercialization of the holiday. Shortly
before her death, she told a reporter that she was sorry she had ever
started Mother's Day.
Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang,' 'The Oxford
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable,' 'What Where When New England,' Mojo Wire,
'The Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins,' and the Nobel
[TVLand will feature four of TV's favorite moms on a TV Land Mother's Day
Marathon, starting at 8PM (EST). The selected moms are from The Brady
Bunch, I Love Lucy, Leave It To Beaver and The Donna Reed Show. Ed.]
Cheek of It! Streaker Bares All for Queen!
LONDON May 08, 2002
(Reuters) - A male streaker gave Britain's Queen Elizabeth a revealing
surprise during a visit to the northern English town of Gateshead on
Tuesday when he ran naked in front of her black limousine.
The man, wearing only a pair of running shoes, faced jeers from crowds of
royalists who had lined the streets to greet the 76-year-old monarch,
celebrating 50 years on the throne this year.
Four burly police officers wrestled the man to the ground, and sat on him
while the royal procession passed.
One grey-haired woman, bedecked in Union Jack scarf and plastic hat,
emerged from the crowd to express her anger at the sign of
Newcastle police said they had arrested a 27-year-old man and that he was
Proteins Talk to Each Other
May 6, 2002 (BNL) — Proteins perform distinct and very well-defined
tasks, but little is known about how interactions among them are
structured at the cellular level. Now, two physicists reveal that—at
least in yeast cells—these interactions are not random, but well
"Although scientists understand how a given protein interacts with
other proteins, the way they connect with each other as a whole remains
mysterious," says Sergei Maslov, a physicist at the Brookhaven
National Laboratory, one of the study's two authors.
For the last 10 years, Maslov, an expert in statistical physics, has been
studying complex systems such as collections of particles, proteins, and
In the new study,
Maslov and physicist Kim Sneppen of the Norwegian University of Science
and Technology used computer modeling to look at how proteins interact
with each other.
Although scientists know that some proteins are very busy
"talking" to many other proteins, Maslov and Sneppen discovered
that such highly connected proteins are unlikely to "talk" to
each other. To illustrate this intriguing phenomenon, Maslov uses the
analogy of airline "hubs."
company has a network of flights connecting different cities," he
says. "But when a city serves as a hub for one company, the
neighboring cities are mostly served by this company. Also, the hub is
served mainly by this company and not by another big company. So the two
big companies rarely 'talk' to each other."
The scientists think that proteins interact this way to reduce
interference among the messages of proteins that crisscross each other in
the cell. The other possible advantage of this protein interaction pattern
is to make the protein network inside the cell more stable. "Proteins
with many connections seem not to want to be disturbed by wrong messages
or anything 'harmful' to these proteins," Maslov says.
To determine which among the 6,000 yeast proteins interact with each
other, Maslov and Sneppen collected data on protein interactions in yeast
cells from a public database. They then compared the resulting network of
interactions to a simulated pattern—produced by a computer-modeling
program—in which proteins interact randomly.
"If you took a given number of proteins and distributed interactions
among them randomly, you would hardly find any particular protein that
would have a lot of interactions. Proteins would all 'talk' randomly with
each other in such a network," Maslov says. "So, hubs of
highly-interacting proteins are not something that you would expect to
happen by pure chance."
But the scientists did observe hubs of interacting proteins in the yeast
cells. The connections between hub proteins reveal an "emergent
property" that acts beyond the level of the functions of the
individual proteins and makes them act together to coordinate their
functions. Studying these interactions can help identify these coordinated
functions, and may also reveal intrinsic features of the interacting
The "holistic" approach taken by Maslov is part of an ongoing
interdisciplinary effort in which scientists are trying to understand
phenomena involving many proteins, such as diseases. Understanding of how
protein interaction networks are designed might, for instance, help
scientists better understand the causes of cancer. One
of the hubs in the human protein network, called p53, has a major role in
preventing cells from developing into a tumor.
"The computer modeling program developed in this work can be applied
to interactions in other networks such as food webs in ecosystems, neural
networks, the Internet, and even among stock market agents," Maslov
The results of this study are published in the May 3, 2002, issue of
Weather Watchers Wanted
BBC News Technology Correspondent
Oxford May 7, 2002 (BBC) - Net users will soon get the chance to take part
in a grand experiment to work out how global climate could change over the
next 50 years. Scientists have developed software that simulates 100 years
of worldwide weather patterns in order to refine predictions about global
warming and its effect on climate.
Climatologists already have some ideas about climate change over the next
50 years, but they need the help of thousands of people running the
simulation to find out the full breadth of potential outcomes. The
100-year simulation software is expected to be ready in late summer and
those downloading it must be prepared to let the model run for at least
The climateprediction.com experiment is similar to the Seti@home project,
started in 1997, that uses idle home computers to look for signs of alien
intelligence in radio signals collected by telescopes. However,
climateprediction.com has one crucial difference.
"The Seti@home project is analysing data from a central source, we
are generating it on PCs and will analyse it ourselves," said Dave
Frame, a climateprediction.com developer and researcher at the University
of Oxford department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics,
Each simulation carried out by climateprediction.com participants will be
unique because all of them will use slightly different starting
"This is a fully-fledged research climate model," said Dr Myles
Allen, project leader for climateprediction.com and a physicist in the
Space Science and Technology Department of the Rutherford Appleton
Laboratory. It's not a stripped down 'toy' version, so the runs take
The unpredictable physics of weather patterns means that they could
generate very different end results. The simulation will cover the hundred
years from 1950 to 2050. The results of the simulations will be returned
to the climateprediction.com team who will then pick the ones that
generated global temperature changes similar to those seen during the
period 1950 to 2000.
Although it is impossible to forecast weather patterns for specific
regions many years ahead, phenomena such as global temperature patterns do
seem predictable, said Dr Allen.
"That's one of the most intriguing things about the planet," he
added. "Its large scale behaviour is simpler than its small scale
With a vast range of simulations done, it should be possible to get an
idea of the full range of possible changes to global climate over the next
50 years, said Dr Allen. At the moment climatologists had only explored a
small fraction of all the possible outcomes and this had inevitably led to
disputes about the effects of global warming, he said.
"Quantifying the uncertainty is something we cannot do at the
moment," he said. The project needed at least 20,000 participants and
would cap numbers at two million. To reward participants, the simulation
will be interactive and will let people fly around their programmed planet
and watch how weather patterns change.
"We cannot just tell participants: 'thank you very much'", said
Dr Allen "They have to get something back out of this,
The simulation software should be ready in time for August to coincide
with a UN conference held to mark the 10th anniversary of the Earth Summit
in Rio de Janeiro that attempted to start tackling problems wrought by
[NOTE: The climateprediction.com site says that you will need a lot of
disk space to participate (unlike the SETI project, this one is not a
screensaver) - "600MB free to allocate to this experiment". Ed.]
Check it out at http://www.climateprediction.com
Posts Personal Ad for Cyber-Friend
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. May 07, 2002 (Reuters) - The online personal ad
reads nicely, describing a world-traveler and scholar who loves cooking,
water sports, yoga and hiking.
"Hi, I'm Bill. I'm compassionate, 6' 2" 200 lbs. athletic guy
who enjoys Mediterranean food, the poetry of Keats and Kavafy, and baroque
music," says the ad, accompanied by a photo of a smiling,
What William Coday's ad doesn't say is that he used hammers to kill two
"I just find it very interesting that he chose to leave out some
important details about his criminal history," Broward County
prosecutor Chuck Morton, who helped convict Coday of murder in April, told
the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The web site where the ad is posted offers potential pen-pals a clue --
www.cyberspace-inmates.com. Coday also offers up his inmate number along
with a post office box.
A jury convicted Coday, a former librarian in Fort Lauderdale, of
first-degree murder for beating and stabbing his girlfriend, Gloria Gomez,
after she broke up with him in 1997. According to trial evidence, Gomez
had 57 wounds from the hammer and 87 stab wounds and gashes.
The jury was not told that Coday was previously convicted of manslaughter
for killing another ex-girlfriend in 1978 in Germany. He admitted using a
shoemaker's hammer to beat her to death and served 18 months in a German
The personal ad also didn't say that Coday is awaiting a sentencing
hearing in June at which a judge will decide whether he gets life in
prison or the death penalty.
Site Raises Nostalgic Laughs
BBC News Online
London May 3, 2002 (BBC) - The internet is awash with comedy.
Everything from The Benny Hill Show to Auf Wiedersehen, Pet seems to have
its own discussion forum and online video store. The latest addition to
the genre is ClassicComedy.net, created by Richard Bentine - son of the
late Goon Michael Bentine.
Richard Bentine says he grew tired of trying to persuade TV companies to
show his late father's material so on 1 April 2002 he put it on the
internet. He also managed to secure the rights to classic Benny Hill and
Monty Python material, which has been chopped up into easily-downloadable
10 second clips.
This is where the site really scores.
Perennial favorites like The Dead Parrot Sketch and The Upper Class Twit
of the Year exert a powerful pull on people of a certain age and the best
bits are here to view any time of the day and night, for all
As so much British comedy is based around catchphrases - for example,
"Nudge, nudge, wink, wink" and "And now for something
completely different" - it is perfect for this soundbite format. And
soon you will be able to e-mail videograms of your favorite clips to
Richard Bentine is in the process of securing the rights to the work of
other performers, from comedy's golden years right up to today's cutting
edge stand-ups. If nothing else, he has already succeeded in raising the
profile of his late father's work.
People who grew up
in the 1970s will chiefly remember Michael Bentine for Potty Time, where
he always seemed to be surrounded by small furry creatures firing cannons
at each other. His humor is old-school zany. Not to everyone's taste,
possibly. But judging from the responses on the site's message board there
is more of an appetite for Potty Time, The Bumblies and other Bentine
creations, than even his son might have thought. He has already begun
adding longer clips from his dad's back catalogue.
ClassicComedy.net has fewer bells and whistles than some of the comedy
sites out there, particularly the Monty Python ones. But it is put
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BBC News Technology Correspondent
Liverpool May 3,
2002 (BBC) - Astronomers, schoolchildren and interested amateurs could
soon be watching the sky with the help of a network of telescopes
controlled via the internet. The eStar project eventually hopes to use at
least six telescopes, three in each hemisphere, to form the remote
Observation time on the instruments will be shared out among astronomers,
students, schoolchildren and amateurs who want to use them to research, or
simply see, the celestial objects that they are curious about.
The network will also use smart software that will automatically spot
interesting or changing objects by searching through online databases and
then mobilizing telescopes to check its findings.
Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Exeter are
collaborating on the eStar project, which already has three telescopes
operating. Dr Dave Carter, one of the eStar project scientists, said that
the creation of the network should ease chronic overcrowding on existing
"Two-meter telescopes are over-subscribed by a factor of three or
five," he said.
A network of telescopes was useful, he said, because it would allow
astronomers to permanently track objects rather than lose sight of them as
they did when using a single observatory. Having access to a collection of
telescopes also means that the instrument in the best position to watch an
object can always be trained on it. He said eStar would use John Moores'
own telescope in the Canary Isles and had commitments from other
telescopes in Hawaii and Japan.
Eventually, the project hopes to be working with publicly and privately
owned telescopes in Australia, Chile, India, China, the USA and South
The network will also be used by the National Schools Observatory which
will give schoolchildren and students access to astronomical instruments.
One of the most important aspects of the project is the plan to create
smart software that can aid astronomers in their research. Eventually work
done to standardize information in astronomical databases will let these
software agents check data, call up research papers and spot how objects
are changing over time.
An early version of the smart software was unveiled at the launch of the
National e-Science Centre in Edinburgh in late April and has already been
used to look for dwarf novae. Dr Carter said the only downside of the
project was that it could mean far fewer trips to the Canary Isles and
Hawaii for European astronomers.
The eStar project is being funded by the DTI and the Engineering and
Physical Sciences Research Council. There are some other remotely operated
telescopes already available via the web.
Since 1993, the University of Bradford has been running one sitting on the
Moors in West Yorkshire. In October 2001, the University of Glamorgan
placed a remotely operated scope on the roof of the tallest building on
Board Won't Allow Gay Prom Date
By Amy Carmichael
Oshawa, Canada May 7, 2002 - (Toronto Star) - A Roman Catholic school
board can't let a gay student take his boyfriend to the prom because he is
a "bad example" and doing so would condone homosexual
relationships, a lawyer argued in court today.
"He's an example we cannot approve," said Durham District
Catholic School Board lawyer Peter Lauwers. "He's a bad example from
a Catholic perspective and what he wants to do is not consistent with
teachings of the church."
Marc Hall, a 17-year-old who attends Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic high
school in nearby Oshawa, is asking the Superior Court of Justice for an
injunction to allow him to take his boyfriend, Jean-Paul Dumond, 21, to
his prom Friday. Marc's father Audy Hall said outside the court he thought
his son was a good example. "He's an example of somebody with a lot
of courage who's fighting for something he believes in."
Lauwers told the court the school board has the right under the
Constitution to run its schools in accordance with Catholic teachings and
if Hall doesn't like it he can go to a public school.
"The ability to take matters of faith into account when we make
decisions about the conduct of students is clearly within our
He said the judge would be setting a dangerous precedent if he ruled in
Hall's favor. It would take away the school board's right to act "in
a Catholic perspective in a situation where faith, teaching and school
"For Mr. Hall, it's just one night, but for the board the decision is
much more profound," Lauwers told the court. He said the judge must
look at what Catholic school is all about: infusing Catholic values into
education. "We're about indoctrination, plain and simple."
Hall said outside the court he agrees with everything the Catholic Church
says, except its views on homosexuality.
"You know, they say love and respect thy neighbor, but I don't see
them doing that right now," Hall said leaning on the arm of his
He said he will continue to attend Catholic school when the prom and the
court case are behind him. Hall's lawyer David Corbett told the court the
board should teach its values in the classroom, not through
Lauwers said Hall and other gay students can attend school dances if they
follow the rules of the board and go "stag."
"But if they manifest romance they would be stopped," Lauwers
"So they can't dance?" Justice Robert MacKinnon asked.
"I'm having a good time, but I can't dance," MacKinnon said to
laughter from court spectators.
Douglas Elliot, another lawyer for Hall, said outside the court the judge
illuminated just how "absurd" the board's position is. Hall's
lawyers argued Monday the board violated the Ontario Human Rights Code,
the Education Act and the provincial Code of Conduct that all bar
discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Corbett argued the church's right to consider religious values when
regulating student's conduct doesn't trump Hall's human rights. The larger
question to be answered at a trial, he added, is whether Catholic schools
can "say to their gay and lesbian students, suffer discrimination by
our hand, or leave." The board says it accepts gay people, but
doesn't condone a gay lifestyle.
Lauwers noted the Catholic tradition follows a well-established practice
of making a sharp distinction between person and conduct. He quoted
bishops who said attending the prom is an act of courtship that leads to
marriage, the only context in which sex is allowed and an option for
heterosexuals only. Gay students can attend basketball games and other
school functions together, if they aren't romantically involved, Lauwers
told the court.
But if they kiss, hold hands or dance on school property, they could be
disciplined, even suspended or expelled.
MacKinnon reserved his decision Tuesday, calling it the most difficult in
almost 10 years as a judge. He said he will attempt to provide his ruling
in time for Friday's prom.
Priest Pleads Not Guilty To Rape
Mass. May 7, 2002 (AP) — A retired Roman Catholic priest charged with
repeatedly raping a young boy, sometimes in the church confessional,
pleaded not guilty today and was ordered held on $750,000 (U.S.) cash
Rev. Paul Shanley, 71, who is charged with three counts of child rape, had
recently left the country and is a flight risk, prosecutor Lynn Rooney
said during the arraignment in Newton District Court.
Defence lawyer Frank Mondano had asked that Shanley be released on his own
recognizance and immediately requested that a higher judge review the bail
decision. The review was scheduled for today afternoon in Middlesex
Superior Court. In addition to setting bail, Judge Dyanne Klein ordered
Shanley to surrender his passport and avoid contact with children under
Shanley, shackled and wearing a collared red shirt over a red T-shirt and
grey pants, indicated he was struggling to hear Klein when she entered
pleas of innocent on his behalf.
"I'm having trouble," he said, motioning to a hearing aid in his
right ear. Shanley was arrested in San Diego on Thursday, several weeks
after police first began searching for him. He was returned to
Massachusetts on Monday, under tight security and wearing a bulletproof
Shanley is one of the priests at the center of a scandal that has rocked
the Boston archdiocese and led to calls for Bernard Cardinal Law's
resignation. Rooney noted today that Shanley had recently been in
Thailand. She read excerpts of several letters to church officials in
which Shanley talked about fleeing the country.
"It might be cheaper and it might allay the concerns of the
victims," Shanley wrote in a January 1994 letter proposing moving to
Rooney also read letters she said referred to apparent past attempts by
church officials to help Shanley hide. In one letter, Rev. Brian Flatley
detailed a September 1995 conversation with Shanley in which he discussed
living in another country with a post office box in the United States to
preserve his anonymity.
"Given his resourcefulness and independence, I think this is probably
a good plan for him," Flatley wrote.
Shanley's lawyer said Shanley had neither the means nor the intention to
leave the country, pointing out he had family and other ties to
"He stands before this court as an innocent man in connection to
these charges and he has never been convicted on other charges,"
Middlesex County prosecutors said Shanley would take the victim, now 24,
out of religious education classes at St. John Parish in Newton and rape
him in various places, including the rectory, bathroom and confessional.
They allege the abuse occurred from 1983 to 1990. The victim came forward
within the last two weeks after reading news reports about the Shanley
case. Police, fearing Shanley would flee the country, moved quickly to
arrest him after a TV station located him last week.
Documents released in a civil suit by a different alleged victim of
Shanley showed archdiocese officials knew of dozens of sex abuse
allegations against him, but still moved him between parishes. The
archdiocese also didn't warn the Diocese of San Bernardino when he moved
there in 1990. The documents also showed officials knew Shanley advocated
sex between boys and men and had contracted venereal disease.
Shanley retired in 1993 and had been serving as a volunteer in the San
Diego Police Department until April, when he was fired after officials
learned of the allegations against him.r
of 2nd Century Bowl Saved from Taliban
By Maev Kennedy
Arts and Heritage Correspondent
Kabul May 3, 2002 (The Guardian) - The art historian Dan Cruickshank has
become the first outsider in years to see one of the lost treasures of the
Kabul museum, a 2nd century AD stone wine bowl carved with Bacchanalian
scenes of naked women and satyrs dancing and feasting. The museum curators
risked their lives to protect it from the Taliban.
"You can hardly conceive of an object more likely to arouse the
Taliban wrath. Its survival is really a miracle," Mr Cruickshank
said. "It was made to hold wine, it came from a Buddhist region of
the country yet it shows very clearly the influence of many other cultures
including Indian and classical Greek art."
The bowl, which is two feet across and could have held three gallons of
wine, was hidden in the museum's most secure store in the basement under
the ministry of information. The curators first feigned illness when the
Taliban demanded to inspect the stores. By the time they were forced to
open the crates, they had plastered over the carved decoration to disguise
it. The ruse worked: the bowl was almost the only survivor, nearly
everything else was smashed to fragments.
In the art gallery a curator used water colour to paint out animals and
human beings, and those canvases were also spared. Mr Cruickshank was
present when some of the camouflage was sponged away.
Many museum treasures, particularly anything with religious connections,
went in the same orgy of destruction last year when the Taliban destroyed
the giant ancient images of the Buddha at Bamiyan.
The museum director, Orma Khan Massoudi, said: "They were in a
frenzy. They broke all the artefacts they found offensive by smashing them
on the floor and using hammers. What we had conserved for years was
destroyed before our eyes. It was difficult to watch."
The bowl may have escaped because it was excavated in 1974 - too late for
the museum catalogue, which the Taliban used as a guide.
News: The Rolling Stones Blimp, Jamie Foxx, Spider-man, Buffy, Ozzy,
X-Men, Daredevil & More!
Members of the Rolling Stones, drummer Charlie Watts (L), lead singer Mick
Jagger (2nd L), guitarist Ron Wood (2nd R) and guitarist Keith Richards
pose for pictures after arriving at a press conference in a blimp in New
York City, May 7, 2002. The band announced their 2002-2003 world concert
tour which will start in Boston on September 5. Photos by Peter
Foxx Will Play
Hollywood May 07, 2002 (Hollywood Reporter) - Jamie Foxx will star as
legendary musician Ray Charles in Crusader Entertainment's "Unchain
My Heart: The Ray Charles Story," with Mark Rydell in talks to
The project would mark the second time both actor and director have worked
on a project based on a real-life personality. Foxx starred as Bundini
Brown in Columbia Pictures' biopic "Ali," while Rydell most
recently directed TNT's biopic "James Dean."
"Unchain," penned by newcomer Jimmy White, follows Charles'
rags-to-riches story from his poor beginnings in Albany, Ga., to his rise
through the music industry while battling racism, drug use and problems in
love. Charles, now 71, lost his sight to glaucoma at age 6.
2004 Date for 'Spider-Man 2'
Hollywood May 07, 2002 (Hollywood Reporter) - With "Spider-Man"
already positioned as the film to beat among the summer 2002 contestants
after its record-shattering $114.8 million debut, Columbia Pictures is
plunking down its marker on the comparable early May weekend in 2004 to
launch a sequel.
"Spider-Man 2," which is scheduled to begin production next year
with director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst
reteaming, will bow nationwide on May 7, 2004. In
making the announcement, Jeff Blake, president of worldwide marketing and
distribution for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, said, "It
took a superhero to deliver these historic numbers. The cast and
filmmakers were dedicated to Stan Lee's imaginative vision, and Sam Raimi,
Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst deserve our thanks and all the credit for
bringing Spider-Man to life in such a magnificent, memorable and exciting
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Cindy Pearlman says Marvel movie executive Avi
Arad told her that the upcoming Spider-Man sequel could feature Doctor
Octopus as Spidey's new nemesis.
starting to write the script, but Doctor Octopus might make a good
villain," Arad said. "I can't confirm anything, except that
we'll push it to the limits in the sequel. The sequel can't be the next
chapter or a retread."
Giles Will Haunt The BBC
London May 6, 2002
(Sci Fi Wire) - Anthony Stewart Head, who played Giles on Buffy the
Vampire Slayer, told SCI FI Wire that his character will be a changed man
when he begins his own BBC series in the United Kingdom--once
developmental snags are ironed out.
"He will be different, because his motivation is different,"
Head said in an interview from England. "As part of Buffy, he's very
much part of Buffy's world. He is an appendage of Buffy, if you like. He
is there to help her, to instruct her, to a certain extent to father her,
but not overtly. Over here, he's very much alone and very much haunted by
his own ghosts, as well as other people's, because it's basically about
Buffy creator Joss Whedon wants to call the show Ripper, a reference to
Giles' secret past, which may or may not be revealed as the show unfolds.
The show may also be named The Watcher. As for when a show of any name can
be expected, Head said that depends on how contractual issues are worked
"Joss is looking at doing a two-hour pilot, although I believe the
BBC have actually commissioned a six-part series," Head said.
"The difficulty is that I don't think it's been done before, where an
American show has then spawned a spin-off this side of the Atlantic. So it
creates a number of problems just with contractual and obligational
problems with [Buffy production studio] Fox and whatnot, which all have to
be ironed out. And it's something that one doesn't want to rush, because
we want to get it right. Hopefully, Joss is coming over this summer, and
we'll be able to talk more about it."
Another problem is simply Whedon's schedule, Head said. "The main
difficulty is that he has to find someone who can run the show over here,
and basically to do that, he has to find [another] him, and that's not an
easy thing. He would certainly direct one or two of them, but he wouldn't
be able to commit too much of his time. Although he adores England, he's
needed over there [in America]. Now he's got [the upcoming SF show]
Firefly [on the Fox network] going and Buffy still up and running. He's
got the [proposed Buffy] cartoon series coming up and Angel. He's got a
lot of irons in the fire. I'm not greedy. I'm not going to push him. But
we do talk about it, and I think in terms of timing, it would be right if
we could do something maybe early next year."
Ozzy Meets Bush
Washington March 6, 2002 (TV Guide) - Ozzy Osbourne's visit to the White
House this weekend appeared to be a success, reports Reuters. The former
lead singer of Black Sabbath earned wild cheers from the crowd during the
88th annual dinner of the White House Correspondents Association.
The rocker nearly upstaged President George W. Bush when he stood on his
chair to wave to the adoring fans. But the president showed off his sense
of humor by quipping, "Ozzy... might have been a mistake."
According to The Drudge Report, Vice President Dick Cheney's wife Lynne
was heard to complain: "He's hardly someone we should be
applauding... not a role model. I am rather embarrassed."
Is Another Day for X-Men
Gardner and Zorianna Kit
Hollywood May 06, 2002 (Hollywood Reporter) - 20th Century Fox's
"X-Men 2" has a new in-house tentpole pal. On Friday afternoon,
Fox topped Columbia Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures and
Warner Bros. Pictures in an aggressive bidding war to acquire the
big-budget, tentpole actioner "The Day After Tomorrow."
Nachmanoff-scripted project, to be directed by Roland Emmerich and
produced by Mark Gordon, is being pushed to start in the fall for a summer
2003 rollout. Budgeted at north of $100 million, "Tomorrow" is
described as a high-concept film about the disastrous effects of global
[According to Sci Fi Wire, Marvel announced release dates for several
other projects. Daredevil, starring Ben Affleck is scheduled for a January
2003 release. The Hulk is promised a June 2003 release. Marvel's Punisher
is aimed at a August 2003 release. Ed.]
Sci Fi Teams
with Clive Barker for Movie
LOS ANGELES May 7, 2002 (Zap2it.com) - The Sci Fi Channel has begun
shooting a two-hour movie based on a story by horror master Clive Barker.
"Saint Sinner" is scheduled to air in October. It's the first
collaboration between Barker and the cable channel.
"The SCI FI
Channel is a perfect home for me and my wild imaginings," Barker
says. "'Saint Sinner' is shaping up to be a benchmark production, a
chance for me and Sci Fi to create an epic story that will be scary,
horrific and, I hope, erotic."
The movie stars Greg Serano ("Legally Blonde" ) as a
19th-century monk whose California order is charged with guarding evil and
supernatural artifacts collected by the church. He accidentally releases
two demons from their imprisonment in within one such artifact, and they
promptly make their way through time to present-day Seattle.
The monk follows and eventually works with a detective (Gina Ravera,
"The Fugitive" ) to hunt the demons down.
Doris Egan, a writer for "Smallville" and "Dark
Angel," is adapting Barker's story. Joshua Butler ("G vs.
E," "The Invisible Man" ) will direct.
Gameshow - Saw It Coming
Hollywood May 07, 2002 (Hollywood Reporter) - With psychics popping up all
over the TV dial these days, it was inevitable -- some would say
predictable -- that an enterprising producer would develop a game show
revolving around psychic powers.
In fact, "Telepathy," a game in which contestants are required
to use their telepathic abilities to answer questions, is in the works
from A. Smith & Co. as a pilot for Game Show Network.
"Telepathy" is part of a production slate unveiled Monday by the
fledgling A. Smith production company.
The show is being piloted in the wake of the success of the syndicated
"psychic" talk show "Crossing Over With John Edward"
and the upcoming syndicated strip "Beyond With James Van
Praagh." The game involves, among other things, a participant
guessing what objects, shapes or symbols their partner is looking at.
Wilhelm's Germany Had Plan to Take New York
BERLIN May 08, 2002
(Reuters) - Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm had drawn up detailed plans in
1900 for an invasion of the United States centered on attacks on New York
City and Boston, according to documents in a military archive published on
The weekly newspaper Die Zeit published details from documents it said it
uncovered in Germany's official military archives in Freiburg. One plan
foresaw a force of 100,000 soldiers transported across the Atlantic on 60
Beginning in 1897, a German navy lieutenant named Eberhard von Mantey was
assigned the task of preparing an invasion of the United States after
German and American interests had collided in the Pacific.
"Wilhelm II wanted colonies and military bases around the
world," author Henning Sietz wrote in Die Zeit. "The United
States was increasingly getting in the Kaiser's way."
Von Mantey's aim was to find a way to force the United States to sign a
treaty giving Germany free reign in the Pacific and Atlantic. He rejected
ideas of a naval blockade or a naval battle and made plans for an invasion
of the northeast instead.
"This is the core of America and this is where the United States
could be most effectively hit and most easily forced to sign a peace
treaty," von Mantey wrote. He said the morale and discipline of
American soldiers was low.
The plans were reworked and revised over the next decade. Chief of staff
Alfred von Schlieffen, who planned Germany's invasion of France in World
War One, was skeptical about the idea of attacking the United States,
3,000 sea miles away.
But his loyalty to the Kaiser prevented him from rejecting the war
planning outright, Sietz said. At one point the German chief of staff had
a plan to bombard New York City.
"The greatest panic would break out in New York over fears of a
bombardment," von Mantey wrote.
Betrayed Anne Frank?
BY ARTHUR MAX
Amsterdam May 7, 2002 (The Scotsman) - The enduring mystery of the Anne
Frank story is, who betrayed her to the Nazis?
In a new biography, The Hidden Life of Otto Frank Carol Ann Lee, a British
author living in Amsterdam, has revealed the new suspect as Anton Ahlers,
a former business associate of Otto Frank, Anne’s father.
For more than 20 years, Willem Van Maaren, an employee at the warehouse at
263 Prinsengracht, where the family was hiding, was the main suspect. Van
Maaren was investigated after the war, but nothing was proved.
On a warm summer day in August 1944, four German and Dutch security police
pulled up to the warehouse and asked Van Maaren, a thief and braggart,
where the Jews were hiding. He pointed up the stairs, but the police
already knew exactly where to go. Hours earlier, Karl Josef Silberbauer,
the Austrian commander of the squad, had received a telephone call from
the head of the Amsterdam security police who said eight Jews were in the
In 1963, the Austrian Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal located Silberbauer in
the Vienna police force and the Van Maaren case was reopened. However, it
was again inconclusive. Van Maaren died in 1971.
Commenting on Anton Ahlers, Ms Lee said: "I looked at his files in
The Hague because after the war he was convicted of betraying people and
he was jailed. Everybody, including his family, condemned him as
distinctly anti-Jewish and a thoroughly unpleasant character.
Ahlers not only turned in the Frank family, but may have blackmailed Otto
Frank for years after the war, receiving payment for his silence about
Frank’s business with Nazi Germany at the beginning of the Second World
War. German-born Frank, who moved to Holland in 1933, ran a spice-trading
company that sold goods to the German army. The business continued to
operate while the Franks were in hiding, although it apparently was no
longer trading with the Germans.
When Otto Frank, the only member of his family to survive the war,
returned from Auschwitz in 1945, having lost his wife and two daughters,
he may have feared his company would be confiscated if his pre-war
business with Germany became known.
The Netherlands Institute for War Documentation said Ahlers had not been a
suspect until Ms Lee had started investigating his background for her
book. "We are interested, that’s for sure," said David
Barnouw, a researcher. He said Ms Lee’s case sounded credible enough for
the institute, which published the authoritative version of Anne Frank’s
diary and is the caretaker of the Frank papers, to reopen its
investigation. "Sometimes you can go through the same material with
Ms Lee says among the four men who raided the warehouse was Maarten
Kuiper, a Dutch policeman who was a friend of Ahlers and one of the major
betrayers of Jews in hiding during that time." Ms Lee said Ahlers
probably decided to tip off Kuiper after his own company slid into
bankruptcy and he no longer needed to do business with Frank’s company.
"He may have got money for it. Certainly, Maarten Kuiper received
money for the betrayals he made." The Germans were paying a bounty of
40 guilders per head, which was "a large amount in those
Anne and her family hid for 25 months in a canal-side warehouse in central
Amsterdam, where the teenager wrote her thoughts, yearnings and
descriptions of life in the cramped annexe. First published in English in
1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl and later as a stage play and film, Anne
Frank’s story made her a symbol both of the Holocaust and of Dutch
bravery. Anne died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen in the spring of 1945, just
weeks before it was liberated. More than 100,000 Dutch Jews were deported
to concentration camps in Germany. Most were gassed.
After Ms Lee’s book was published in March, Ahlers’ son was quoted as
saying he was convinced her theory was true. "There’s no doubt he
did it," Anton Ahlers, Jr, told the Volkskrant newspaper because the
flow of funds stopped when Otto Frank died in 1980.
Mr Barnouw was distrustful of the Ahlers family, saying they simply may be
seeking notoriety. Nevertheless, Ms Lee’s book "is interesting
because it takes a more balanced view of Otto Frank," Mr Barnouw
said. "After the play and the book, Otto Frank was kind of like a
saint. In this book, he’s much more flesh and blood."
Celtic Sheep Found!
By Maev Kennedy
Arts and Heritage Correspondent
East Chisenbury, UK May 6, 2002 (The Guardian) - Other archaeologists find
gold or silver, Roman temples or Viking longships. David McOmish found a
pile of sheep bones, the size of a hill.
A week later a file of Chieftain tanks would have lumbered through the
hill, and would have destroyed an extraordinary piece of history, one of
the most startling of thousands of sites newly identified in the first
comprehensive survey by English Heritage of the military training lands on
Mr McOmish is an archaeologist at the Royal Commission on the Historical
Monuments of England, now part of English Heritage, and one of the three
authors of the survey. He believes that at East Chisenbury they have found
a 2,600-year-old ritual feasting area, established on the site of an even
older abandoned settlement.
Finds included pottery bowls with traces of food, and human skulls
suggesting that the Iron Age people brought their ancestors to join the
It was the hill itself, however, that was the astounding discovery. It
still stands several meters high, and covers an area of 2.5 hectares. It
consisted almost entirely of sheep bones. From the trial trenches they
dug, he believes it contains the remains of at least 500,000 sheep.
number of animals consumed must suggest a startling level both of human
population and of stock keeping," Mr McOmish said.
"This is a site which obviously had a ritual importance to them, to
which people regularly returned for special occasions. I think we have to
imagine a great annual fair where deals were done and matches
The survey, mapping 5,000 years of archaeology on an area the size of the
Isle of Wight, will be slightly overdue in its publication this week. It
was in 1901, 10 years after the army began buying up thousands of acres,
that an inventory was first suggested "of the tumuli and other
objects of antiquarian interest on Salisbury Plain".
In the 1970s, Wiltshire county archaeologist Roy Canham recalled, the
training lands were regarded as a no-go area for archaeologists.
Occasional horror stories filtered out such as the Bronze Age barrow
marked with a red warning flag, which was mistaken by the troops for the
target - the mound was destroyed.
"There has been a complete change of heart since then on the part of
the military establishment," he said. "It's fair to say that I
now have far more anxieties about the survival of archaeology outside the
Knook hillfort, where the survey has shown that the wriggly ditches built
2,500 years ago follow the bound aries of even more ancient Celtic fields,
has now been fenced off. Trees keep tanks away, and a new road, completed
18 months ago, was expensively re-routed to keep it well away.