|Who Killed Marilyn? |
UK Plagiarism, Anti-Aging Fraud,
Dumbbell Nebula, Noah's Flood,
The Cyclops, Phil Spector & More!
|Joe DiMaggio Was Convinced Kennedys Killed Marilyn!|
|BY ANNETTE WITHERIDGE |
NEW YORK February 11, 2003 (Scotsman UK) - He was only married to Marilyn Monroe for nine turbulent months, but Joe DiMaggio, the reclusive US baseball legend, vowed he would never forgive the Kennedys for her death.
Now, four years after his own demise, the man immortalized by Simon and Garfunkel in the song Mrs. Robinson appears to have his revenge.
A new book, written by his long-time lawyer and close companion Morris Engelberg, reveals he really did believe the Kennedy clan killed Monroe.
"They murdered the one person I loved," DiMaggio confided to Mr. Engelberg.
DiMaggio shed no tears when the Kennedys were assassinated. According to the book, which contains a foreword by Henry Kissinger, DiMaggio believed "they got what they deserved".
Afterwards, Monroe commented: "I have never heard so much cheering." DiMaggio replied knowingly: "I have."
Official Marilyn Monroe web site - http://www.marilynmonroe.com
|Moderate Republicans Try to Block ANWR Bill|
|By JOHN HEILPRIN |
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON February 11, 2003 - A group of moderate House Republicans joined Democrats Tuesday in an effort to block western Senate Republicans from loading a massive spending bill with measures the moderates say would weaken environmental protections.
"It would seriously undermine the legislative process to add new provisions behind closed doors and at the very last minute to a must-pass spending bill that is already four months late," the eight GOP lawmakers said in a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Young, R-Fla.
The Senate Republicans, led by their appropriations committee chairman, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, succeeded Monday night in protecting provisions that would open more areas in Alaska and national forests throughout the West to new logging.
The letter, signed by eight House Republicans, was circulated Tuesday as lawmakers continued to work through a massive, $396 billion spending package financing nearly every federal agency for the rest of the year.
Stevens also is pushing for language in the bill to provide money for "pre-drilling" in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve despite a two-decade-old ban on oil exploration there.
Opening ANWR to drilling for oil and natural gas is the centerpiece of President Bush's energy policy. The Senate voted against the idea last year and Democrats have vowed to use delaying filibuster tactics to block in vote on it this year.
Democrats also lost a measure to add $200 million for land conservation programs in the Interior Department to bring their funding up to the same level as last year. "We in essence have now said conservation programs are our last priority," Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., said afterward.
Senate Republicans are trying to include in the bill several other measures opposed by environmentalists.
Sens. Trent Lott and Thad Cochran, both R-Miss., are pushing for the inclusion of $15 million to start construction on the world's largest hydraulic pumping plant to decrease flooding in the Mississippi Delta. Critics say it would destroy 200,000 acres of swamps and marshes.
So far, Senate Republicans have prevailed on expanding the U.S. Forest Service's ability to enter agreements with lumber companies to thin more of the 191 million acres of national forests without challenges by environmentalists.
"There is just an horrendous amount of damage to the environment included in this bill," said Debbie Sease, the Sierra Club's Washington, D.C.-based legislative director. "This is sort of back to the bad old days."
In Alaska alone, Stevens wants the bill to open up 9 million acres of Tongass National Forest and the 5.3-million-acre Chugach National Forest to road-building and logging, which would lift protections on about a quarter of 58.5 million acres put off-limits by the Clinton administration.
"They see this as the best chance to get something like this done," said Tim Bristol, who heads the Alaska Coalition, an environmental group in Juneau. "It's secretive because it's tucked away in a giant spending bill. And just about any of them, if they were subject to open debate, would fail."
Stevens' office said he would have no comment on the environmental riders until the bill is ready for a Senate vote, which could come by the end of the week.
The letter was signed by House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert of New York, Reps. Mike Castle of Delaware, Christopher Shays of Connecticut, Jim Leach of Iowa, Nancy Johnson of Connecticut, Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland, Chris Smith of New Jersey and Sue Kelly of New York.
Senate Appropriations: http://appropriations.senate.gov
Alaska Coalition: http://www.alaskacoalition.org/index.htm
|UK Plagiarizes Iraq Dossier|
|By Dominic Evans |
LONDON February 7, 2003 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair was accused Friday of playing the same propaganda games as Saddam Hussein after chunks of an "intelligence" dossier on Iraq turned out to have been plagiarized from academic papers.
The dossier, published this week on a government Web site, said Iraq had mounted a massive campaign to deceive and intimidate U.N. inspectors hunting for banned weapons.
The latest in a series of British documents focusing on the alleged threat from Saddam and rallying support for a possible U.S.-led war, it was praised by Secretary of State Colin Powell in the U.N. Security Council Wednesday.
It claimed to draw upon "a number of sources, including intelligence material." But Friday, officials admitted whole swathes were lifted word for word -- grammatical slips and all -- from a student thesis.
Outraged politicians jumped on the revelation to accuse Blair of misleading the public and said it cast doubt on the credibility of his whole case against Saddam.
"This is the sort of thing that Saddam Hussein himself issues," fumed opposition Liberal Democrat Jenny Tonge.
One of Blair's former junior defense ministers, Peter Kilfoyle, said he was shocked that the government was trying to win over Britons on such "thin evidence."
"It just adds to the general impression that what we have been treated to is a farrago of half-truths, assertions and over-the-top 'spin'," he told BBC radio.
Glen Rangwala, an Iraq specialist at Cambridge University who analyzed the Downing Street dossier, told Reuters that 11 of its 19 pages were "taken wholesale from academic papers."
"If the nature of the intelligence is actually just Web research, then it rather casts doubt about the plausibility of the government's earlier claims," said Rangwala, a critic of U.S. and British policy on Iraq.
Sections in the dossier on Saddam's security apparatus drew heavily on an article written last year by Ibrahim al-Marashi, an American postgraduate student of Iraqi descent who works at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California.
"I was a bit disenchanted because they never cited my article," Marashi told BBC radio.
"... any academic, when you publish anything, the only thing you ask for in return is that they include a citation of your work. There are laws and regulations about plagiarism that you would think the UK Government would abide by," he said.
Experts who pored over the document said it also lifted material from articles published in 1997 and 2002 in Jane's Intelligence Review.
British ministers have privately admitted that gathering information on Iraq is extremely difficult and intelligence on Baghdad is "thin."
Rangwala said the document was sloppy and appeared to have been pulled together in a hurry.
"That shows there is anxiety in the British government about public distrust of the information that they have been circulating -- and their lack of a substantive case that the inspections route is not a viable alternative to war," he said.
Blair's spokesman insisted the document was fundamentally accurate, and said no one could dispute its central argument that Iraq was trying to deceive the U.N. inspectors.
"In retrospect, we should, to clear up any confusion, have acknowledged which bits came from public sources and which bits came from other sources," he said.
Britain, which is pouring tens of thousands of troops into the Gulf to support U.S. preparations for possible military conflict with Iraq, also came under fire over its last dossier on Iraq -- a paper published in December on rights violations.
The human rights group Amnesty International accused Britain of raising Iraqi rights abuses which it had studiously ignored in the 1980s when Saddam, backed by the West, fought an eight-year war with Iran.
[This story hit the mainstream, but vanished quickly off US news sites. We brought it back with the download addresses so you can see for yourself if you are so inclined. Ed.]
|Kerry Blasts Bush Environmental Policies|
|WASHINGTON February 11, 2003 (Reuters) - Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts blasted President Bush's environmental policies Sunday and said U.S. forces were being asked to risk their lives to make sure Mideast oil flowed. |
Kerry said in a speech at the John F. Kennedy presidential library in Boston that the United States must reduce its dependence on foreign oil so it cannot be held hostage by leaders like President Saddam Hussein of Iraq.
"Every day our servicemen and women put their lives on the line so that oil can flow from around the world to America's gas stations," he said. "But let there be no doubt, we pay a heavy price."
Kerry, one of six declared Democratic candidates who plan to seek their party's nomination to challenge Bush in the 2004 presidential election, said the United States cannot drill its way to self-sufficiency along the lines favored by Bush in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Instead, he urged development of technology to make homes, businesses, and transportation more efficient while creating a national market for biofuels from crops, wood, and waste.
"We must forge a new path to create a stronger America," Kerry said, "an America where the use of military might is not clouded by our need for oil."
|Poets to Protest White House Action|
|MANCHESTER, VT February 9, 2003 (AP) — A group of poets will participate in a reading to protest White House cancellation of a symposium after some of the participants expressed anti-war sentiments on Iraq. |
Jamaica Kincaid, Galway Kinnell and Jay Parini will read their own work at the Feb. 16 reading in Manchester, along with works by the poets who were to have been featured at the White House. Organizers said they plan to select verse that addresses the tradition of dissent in literature.
The White House event, planned by first lady Laura Bush, had been scheduled for Wednesday to feature the poetry of Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman. Mrs. Bush, a former librarian who has made teaching and early childhood development her signature issues, has held a series of symposiums to salute America's authors.
However, the White House called off the symposium after learning that some poets might use it to express opposition to a possible war with Iraq.
Noelia Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the first lady, said: "While Mrs. Bush respects the right of all Americans to express their opinions, she, too, has opinions and believes it would be inappropriate to turn a literary event into a political forum."
Parini said it was naive of the White House to invite writers and expect them to leave their politics at the door.
"It's called attention to the fact that poets are against the war in a big way," said Parini, a Middlebury College faculty member.
The sponsors of the Manchester reading, bookstore owners Edward and Barbara Morrow, say they disagree with the perception that people opposed to war are unpatriotic.
"The war in Iraq, you can look at that however you want to look at it," Edward Morrow said. "But the notion that protest and dissent and free speech is unpatriotic is so twisted that it's alarming."
The Manchester reading is not the only protest. Sam Hamill, a poet and founder of the highly regarded Copper Canyon Press, declined the White House invitation and e-mailed friends asking for anti-war poems or statements. He said last month he had received more than 1,500 contributions.
|War Against Anti-Aging|
|Gerontological Society of America Press Release |
February 10, 2003 - Why are research scientists speaking out against anti-aging medicine, and what are the potential consequences?
The campaign against anti-aging medicine has recently been launched by an international group of some 50 biogerontologists – biologists who conduct research on the basic processes of aging. Proclaiming that there is "no truth to the Fountain of Youth" in Scientific American and other publications, they seek to discredit what they judge to be fraudulent and harmful products and therapies.
At the same time, they are attempting to distinguish their own research from the activities of practitioners and entrepreneurs that purvey hormone injections (e.g., HGH), special mineral waters, and other anti-aging services and products.
He argues that the biogerontologists -- many of whom are themselves trying to develop interventions that will actually slow or arrest the processes of aging – fear that the contemporary prominence of pseudoscientific anti-aging medicine could threaten the status and funding of their own research.
Through their attack on anti-aging medicine, however, they may be shooting themselves in the foot.
|Universe To Expand Forever|
|By Dr David Whitehouse |
BBC News Science Editor
February 11, 2003 (BBC) - The Universe will expand for ever, at an ever-increasing rate, NASA scientists are to announce. They base their conclusion on new data obtained by the Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) satellite, which has been orbiting the Sun beyond the Moon since shortly after its launch in 2001.
MAP data also confirm previous findings that most of the Cosmos is composed of mysterious "dark energy" that is causing the expansion of the Universe to accelerate.
Atoms - the basic components of matter that can give off light - comprise only a few per cent of the Universe. As one astronomer put it: "To the Universe, stars and planets are minor impurities."
MAP was launched in 2001 to make its way to the L2 Lagrange point of gravitational balance between the Earth, Moon and Sun.
It is the first probe to be positioned at L2, which is four times further away than the Moon, and which follows the Earth and the Moon around the Sun.
MAP's focus is the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation. The CMB was first detected in 1965 by Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson of the Bell Telephone labs in the US. It has been called the "echo" of the Big Bang - the event that created the Universe about 15 billion years ago. The CMB is radiation that formed about 400,000 years after the Big Bang, when the Universe had cooled to such a degree that hydrogen atoms could exist.
In 1992 the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite detected fluctuations in the CMB that were attributed to the first structures to form in the Universe - the so-called seeds of galaxies appearing in the vast clouds of hot gas that was all the Universe consisted of at the time.
Astronomers believe that the CMB contains a great deal of information about the origin and fate of the Universe. Measurements of the CMB will allow cosmologists to determine basic parameters of the Universe, for instance whether it will expand for ever, or collapse, or whether its expansion will accelerate or slow down.
Able to scan the whole sky every six months, the NASA satellite is producing MAPs of the CMB with unprecedented accuracy. MAP's first release of data will confirm previous results obtained by the Boomerang balloon-based detector that flew over Antarctica in 2000. It will show that "dark energy" dominates the Universe, causing the expansion of the Cosmos to accelerate.
This will mean that eventually all matter in the Universe will be scattered ever more thinly and, as the stars go out and the galaxies fade, all will become an ever-cooling thin gas.
|NASA Discusses Future Space Mission|
|University of Michigan College of Engineering Press Release |
ANN ARBOR February 10, 2003 - A NASA official and a U.S. Congressman will visit the University of Michigan College of Engineering on Friday, Feb. 14 to discuss the future of NASA's space exploration efforts in a post-Columbia environment and help unveil a new scientific instrument designed by the College of Engineering for NASA's planned mission to Mercury in 2004.
Dr. Richard Fisher is director of NASA's Sun-Earth Connection Division. He has overall responsibility for developing policy and providing guidance for NASA's program to understand the physics of the variable Sun and its influence on the heliosphere, solar system plasmas, the upper atmospheres and magnetospheres of planets, especially the Earth, and the origin of cosmic rays.
U.S. Congressman Joe Knollenberg represents Michigan's Ninth Congressional District and serves on the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee for Independent Agencies, which includes responsibility for appropriations supporting NASA.
The College of Engineering will unveil the Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer (FIPS), a revolutionary instrument designed for NASA's MESSENGER Mission to Mercury and engineered by Michigan Engineering's Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (AOSS) department. The FIPS project, led by U-M research scientist Thomas Zurbuchen, demonstrates how the creation of high-performance, low-weight instruments can be used to explore the solar system without risk to human life.
This event is free and open to the University community, invited guests and the media. Activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with an outreach tour of research-related facilities. Formal presentations begin at 12:30 at Boeing Auditorium in the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building. Questions and interviews by media will be addressed from 2 p.m. to 2:30.
|The Dumbbell Nebula|
|SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE NEWS RELEASE |
February 10, 2003 - An aging star's last hurrah is creating a flurry of glowing knots of gas that appear to be streaking through space in this close-up image of the Dumbbell Nebula, taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
The Dumbbell, a nearby planetary nebula residing more than 1,200 light-years away, is the result of an old star that has shed its outer layers in a glowing display of color. The nebula, also known as Messier 27 (M27), was the first planetary nebula ever discovered. French astronomer Charles Messier spotted it in 1764.
The Hubble images of the Dumbbell show many knots, but their shapes vary. Some look like fingers pointing at the central star, located just off the upper left of the image; others are isolated clouds, with or without tails. Their sizes typically range from 11 - 35 billion miles (17 - 56 billion kilometers), which is several times larger than the distance from the Sun to Pluto. Each contains as much mass as three Earths.
The knots are forming at the interface between the hot (ionized) and cool (neutral) portion of the nebula. This area of temperature differentiation moves outward from the central star as the nebula evolves. In the Dumbbell astronomers are seeing the knots soon after this hot gas passed by.
Dense knots of gas and dust seem to be a natural part of the evolution of planetary nebulae. They form in the early stages, and their shape changes as the nebula expands. Similar knots have been discovered in other nearby planetary nebulae that are all part of the same evolutionary scheme. They can be seen in Hubble telescope photos of the Ring Nebula (NGC 6720), the Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392) and the Retina Nebula (IC 4406). The detection of these knots in all the nearby planetaries imaged by the Hubble telescope allows astronomers to hypothesize that knots may be a feature common in all planetary nebulae.
This image, created by the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI), was taken by Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in November 2001, by Bob O'Dell (Vanderbilt University) and collaborators. The filters used to create this color image show oxygen in blue, hydrogen in green and a combination of sulfur and nitrogen emission in red.
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA), for NASA, under contract with the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. The Hubble Space Telescope is a project of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).
The Hubble Telescope site - http://hubble.gsfc.nasa.gov
|Chemical Disasters Strike!|
|1,000 Evacuated in Hazardous Train Crash |
By Susan Skiles Luke
TAMAROA IL February 11, 2003 (AP) - Cleanup crews worked to stabilize hazardous chemicals and right the cars of a freight train that derailed near the center of town and forced hundreds of people from their homes.
No injuries were reported after 21 cars of an Illinois Central-Canadian National train derailed Sunday morning in this southern Illinois town of 800, authorities said.
The train was carrying vinyl chloride, formaldehyde, hydrochloric acid, and methanol, Perry County Sheriff Keith Kellerman said.
Authorities evacuated as many as 1,000 people within three miles of the derailment site. Officials closed the town's elementary school Monday and said residents could be out of their homes until Wednesday. An emergency shelter was set up for evacuees at a Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.
Melissa Grissom, 34, said police officers told her and her two children to leave their home.
"It looked bad ... but I didn't know it was that bad," Grissom said Sunday at the shelter.
The chemicals are hazardous to breathe and could cause death in high concentrations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many emergency workers were kept away from the trains because of the danger, Kellerman said.
|Is Noah's Flood Short on Water?|
|By Robert Cooke |
February 6, 2003 (Newsday) - Scientists are seriously challenging a recent, fascinating proposal that Noah's epic story -- setting sail with an ark jam-full of animal couples -- was based on an actual catastrophic flood that suddenly filled the Black Sea 7,500 years ago, forcing people to flee.
In a detailed look at the rocks, sediments, currents and seashells in and around the Black Sea, an international research team discounts the Noah flood idea, arguing that all the geologic, hydrologic and biologic signs are wrong. Little that the Earth can tell us seems to fit the Noah story, they say.
The research takes aim at the work of two Columbia University geologists -- William Ryan and Walter Pitman -- whose proposal in 1997 ignited much new interest, and much new research, into Middle East history and geology.
According to Ryan and Pitman, their strong evidence shows that sudden flooding of the Black Sea did occur, and they think it was such a traumatic event that it became part of the folklore of ancient peoples of the Middle East, showing up vividly in the Bible.
Ryan and Pitman's proposal, first published in a marine geology journal, holds that the gradual rise of sea level at the end of the last Ice Age eventually overtopped and washed out a fragile natural barrier across what is the Bosporus Strait.
And once the barrier fell, it set off a catastrophe for settlers living in a huge basin to the northeast.
As the fragile barrier across the Bosporus collapsed, Ryan and Pitman proposed, a massive amount of seawater surged from the Mediterranean into what was then a stagnant, low-lying basin, the huge region now filled by the Black Sea.
According to their scenario, the surge of seawater continued for about two years, until the major inland sea reached its present size. But whether it actually happened, and whether it matches what the ancient writings report, are questions that are open to debate. Now an international team lead by Ali Aksu argues there was no Black Sea flood at that time, and little else to support Noah's story.
Instead, they see evidence that 7,500 years ago the Black Sea was already full, that it wasn't very salty, and more water was running out of the Black Sea than was pouring in through the Bosporus. As it does today, they said, the narrow strait carried a two-way flow 7,500 years ago, with salty water going in via the bottom, and less-salty water coming out on the surface. So, no flood.
This narrow strait, the Bosporus, is important geologically and historically. It is a thin channel that separates the two major land masses, Europe and Asia. It has been a historic crossroads for millennia, a place where East meets West, in what is now Turkey. At the Bosporus' northeastern end is the Black Sea, and at the other end is the Sea of Marmara, linked to the Mediterranean, and thus to all the world's oceans.
What Aksu of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and his co-workers argue is that for the past 12,000 years brackish water has been steadily streaming out of the big inland sea and into the Mediterranean. Their studies of deltas, sea-floor sediment cores and the remains of marine life at the southern end of the Bosporus show no evidence of a Noachian flood.
Despite the new evidence gathered by Aksu's team, Ryan and Pitman aren't retreating. Ryan pointed out that Aksu's team did most of its work outside the Black Sea, mapping the flow of water, the build-up of sediments and other evidence beyond the southern end of the Bosporus.
Anchor and Palette Gallery web site - http://www.anchorandpalette.com
|World's Shortest Story Author Dies|
|Mexico City February 9, 2003 (BBC) - The Guatemalan writer, Augusto Monterroso, has died at age 81. Monterroso - winner of Spain's Prince of Asturias literary prize - is credited with writing one of the world's shortest stories. El Dinosaurio (The Dinosaur) reads in its entirety: |
"Upon waking, the dinosaur was still there."
|Cyclops Myth Spurred by "One-Eyed" Fossils?|
|By Hillary Mayell |
National Geographic News
February 5, 2003 (National Geographic News) - Ever wonder where our worst nightmares come from? For the ancient Greeks, it may have been the fossils of giant prehistoric animals.
The tusk, several teeth, and some bones of a Deinotherium giganteum, which, loosely translated means really huge terrible beast, have been found on the Greek island Crete. A distant relative to today's elephants, the giant mammal stood 15 feet (4.6 meters) tall at the shoulder, and had tusks that were 4.5 feet (1.3 meters) long. It was one of the largest mammals ever to walk the face of the Earth.
"This is the first finding in Crete and the south Aegean in general," said Charalampos Fassoulas, a geologist with the University of Crete's Natural History Museum. "It is also the first time that we found a whole tusk of the animal in Greece. We haven't dated the fossils yet, but the sediment where we found them is of 8 to 9 million years in age."
The tusk and several teeth of a Deinotherium giganteum, a distant relative of today's elephant and one of the largest mammals ever on Earth, were discovered on the Greek island Crete. This marked the first finding of the creature in Crete.
Skulls of Deinotherium giganteum found at other sites show it to be more primitive, and the bulk a lot more vast, than today's elephant, with an extremely large nasal opening in the center of the skull.
To paleontologists today, the large hole in the center of the skull suggests a pronounced trunk. To the ancient Greeks, Deinotherium skulls could well be the foundation for their tales of the fearsome one-eyed Cyclops.
In her book The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times, Adrienne Mayor argues that the Greeks and Romans used fossil evidence—the enormous bones of long-extinct species—to support existing myths and to create new ones.
"The idea that mythology explains the natural world is an old idea," said Thomas Strasser, an archaeologist at California State University, Sacramento, who has done extensive work in Crete. "You'll never be able to test the idea in a scientific fashion, but the ancient Greeks were farmers and would certainly come across fossil bones like this and try to explain them. With no concept of evolution, it makes sense that they would reconstruct them in their minds as giants, monsters, sphinxes, and so on," he said.
Homer, in his epic tale of the trials and tribulations of Odysseus during his 10-year return trip from Troy to his homeland, tells of the traveler's encounter with the cyclops.
In the The Odyssey, he describes the Cyclops as a band of giant, one-eyed, man-eating shepherds. They lived on an island that Odysseus and some of his men visited in search of supplies. They were captured by one of the Cyclops, who ate several of the men.
Only brains and bravery saved all of them from becoming dinner. The captured travelers were able to get the monster drunk, blind him, and escape.
A second myth holds that the Cyclops are the sons of Gaia (earth) and Uranus (sky). The three brothers became the blacksmiths of the Olympian gods, creating Zeus' thunderbolts, Poseidon's trident.
He suggests that the animals reached Crete from Turkey, swimming and island hopping across the southern Aegean Sea during periods when sea levels were lower.
Many herbivores, including the elephants of today, are exceptionally strong swimmers.
|Did Swiss Immigrant Build Stonehenge?|
|BY MICHAEL MCDONOUGH |
LONDON February 11, 2003 (AP) - Stonehenge, the mysterious ring of ancient monoliths from the dawn of Britain's proud civilization, could be the work of a central European immigrant, archeologists said Monday.
An early Bronze Age archer, whose grave was discovered near the stone circle last year, may have helped build the monument. And tests on the chemical components of his tooth enamel showed he grew up in the region that is now Switzerland.
The archer "would have been a very important person in the Stonehenge area," said Andrew Fitzpatrick, Wessex Archaeology's project manager in charge of Stonehenge.
"It is fascinating to think that someone from abroad--probably modern-day Switzerland--could have played an important part in the construction of Britain's most famous archeological site."
|Genre News: Phil Spector, John Corbett, Angel and Buffy, Miracles, Firefly and More!|
|Phil Spector |
Hollywood February 11, 2003 (eXoNews) - Lawyer Robert Shapiro, who also worked for O.J. Simpson, says Phil Spector's next court appearance over the shooting death of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson will be on March 3.
The record producer who changed the sound of rock and roll forever in the 1960s is free on a million dollars bail until LAPD figures out just who shot Clarkson in the marble entryway of Spector's thirty-three room mansion in Alhambra, California, in the early morning hours of February 3, 2003.
Former Ronette and Spector spouse Ronnie Spector issued a statement regarding the shooting this week:
"My heart goes out to the woman and her family. I don't know what the circumstances are; I can only say that when I left in the early '70s, I knew that if I didn't leave at that time, I was going to die there. I've said it in my book over 12 years ago and I still believe it to be true now."
Phil Spector produced most of Ronnie's big hits, including "Be My Baby" and "Baby, I love You". They were married from 1968-1974.
The odds seem to finger Spector as the shooter. It's LA's biggest crime since Wynona Rider pilfered some clothes in Beverly Hills. Check your local tabloids for details.
Spector also worked with The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, and The Ramones.
That may seem an odd approach to anyone who has seen a modern recording studio, but keep in mind that Spector started before multi-track tape recorders and way before digital recording. The best you could do in those days was to dub down everything you had on one track to a second tape recorder while you played along.
Spector always preferred to stay out of the spotlight and let his work speak for him. After the 1960's English invasion wiped out American vocal group music, Spector grew reclusive until John Lennon brought him back to produce The Beatles' "Let It Be" album, reportedly over the objections of Paul McCartney.
Clarkson had her own Web site and a company called Living Doll Productions. She appeared in TV commercials and was a guest at comic book and pop culture conventions dressed as "Barbarian Queen."
Clarkson would attach a letter with every rent payment, she said.
John Corbett Gets Lucky in April
Hollywood February 11, 2003 (eXoNews) - The first season of Angel has been released to DVD and our friends at Zap2It are giving away four complete first season box sets to four lucky stiffs.
Angel To Visit Buffy?
Miracles Digs Deeper
Miracles Official site - http://abc.abcnews.go.com/primetime/miracles/index.html
[This show is pretty good, but it's getting low ratings. If you want to see it last 11 more episodes, you'd better tell yer friends. Ed.]
Firefly's Torres Moves to CBS
More news for Firefly fans at http://www.fireflysupport.com
Oscar Nominees Announced
Science Fiction Writers Support Space Exploration