|Meteors Strike! |
Mars and Pluto!
Van and Mick!
Bird Eats Horse!
|Leonid Meteor Storm Strikes Earth Sunday!|
By ANDREW BRIDGES
|Two 587 Crash Victims Escaped WTC Attack|
NEW YORK November 13, 2001 (AP) - Two of the people killed in the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 had escaped death just two months ago in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
|McCartney Witnesses Crash Aftermath|
LONDON November 13, 2001 (AP) — Paul McCartney witnessed the aftermath of the New York plane crash from the window of a Concorde jet, which landed in the city minutes after the American Airlines jet went down.
Paul's new LP and the "Freedom" single - http://www.paulmccartney.com
|Uranium Leak Forces Nuclear Shutdown|
|STOCKHOLM November 14, 2001 (AP) — One of Sweden's 11 nuclear reactors will shut down for repairs at the end of next week because of a uranium leak, a spokesman said Tuesday. |
Claes-Goeran Falk, a spokesman at the Oskarshamn plant, said the leak was minor and the public was not at risk. Falk said the repairs would take about a week and were needed to prevent a stoppage later in the winter season.
Small amounts of uranium may have been leaking from the fuel rods into the reactor water since August, Falk said. Plant officials thought repairs could wait until next summer's annual system overhaul, but the leak increased gradually, he said.
"It's hardly measurable," Falk said. "The risk is that the water spreads the contamination into pipes throughout the system," Falk said.
The Oskarshamn plant, 250 kilometers (150 miles) south of the capital, Stockholm, shut down another of its three reactors for nine days in August for a similar problem. The plant is one of four nuclear generating facilities in Sweden and provides 10 percent of the country's electricity.
Swedish voters decided in a 1980 referendum to phase out nuclear power, but so far only one reactor at the southwestern Barsebaeck plant has been closed.
|Actress Etta Moten Barnett Turns 100|
CHICAGO November 13, 2001 (AP) — Pioneering black actress and singer Etta Moten Barnett celebrated her 100th birthday with a 3-foot-high cheesecake.
|2500 Year Old Persian Canal Discovered|
|By YUDHIJIT BHATTACHARJEE |
Glasgow November 13, 2001 (NY Times) - In 480 B.C., King Xerxes of Persia ordered his men to build a canal a mile and a quarter long through a peninsula in northern Greece — conceivably one of the biggest engineering assignments of its time.
The canal was critical to Xerxes' plan of invading Greece, a goal that his general, Mardonius, had unsuccessfully attempted 12 years earlier. Mardonius' fleet was destroyed in a storm while sailing around the tip of the peninsula, and Xerxes wanted to avoid a similar setback by building the canal.
Xerxes went on to invade Greece, starting a brief period of Persian conquest in Europe. In the 2,500 years since, historians have debated whether the famed Canal of Xerxes was really dug all the way from coast to coast. Some have doubted its existence, pointing to a rocky plateau that they argue would have made the construction an impossible task for workers of that day.
Now, scientists from Britain and Greece have come up with what they say is conclusive evidence that the canal was indeed built. Using geological information gathered from several yards below the earth's surface, where the structure now lies buried, the scientists have drawn a map detailing the canal's dimensions and course. The findings confirm the description given in an account by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, which some scholars have long regarded with skepticism.
Buried under centuries of silt and alluvium, the structure is testament to remarkable military strategy, work- force management and civil engineering. It also tells of shortsightedness and haste, and of a king who was probably in such a hurry to conquer that he never thought of preserving the canal as a permanent waterway.
"From the analysis of sediments in the canal, we know that it probably had a short lifetime," said Dr. Richard Jones, the lead researcher on the project and an archaeologist at the University of Glasgow. "The Persians did not think of it as a monument that would remain for centuries. Once their ships were through, that was the end."
Spanning about 100 feet at the surface, the canal was just wide enough for two war galleys to pass. Its sides sloped inward, forming a width of roughly 50 feet at the bottom, about 45 feet below the surface.
"It was a colossal enterprise," said Dr. Ben Isserlin, an archaeologist at the University of Leeds who started the canal exploration project in the early 90's. "There were no pulleys. So the workers had to shovel earth into baskets and pass them along, from one person to the next, all the way to the top."
The mapping of the canal was a laborious enterprise itself. Dr. Jones and his colleagues used a seismic method that has traditionally been used in oil and mineral prospecting. Essentially, they hit a piece of metal placed on the ground with a heavy hammer, sending shock waves into the earth. By analyzing the time it took the waves to travel back up, the scientists were able to draw a seismic profile — a kind of phantom image — of the buried waterway.
"This was too big a target for conventional archaeological techniques," said Dr. Vassilis K. Karastathis, a member of the team that conducted the seismic survey and a geophysicist at the National Observatory of Athens in Greece. The team's findings were reported in The Journal of Applied Geophysics.
The canal structure imaged by the geophysical team was confirmed by analyzing sediment samples drilled from different depths.
Dr. Maria Brosius, a scholar of ancient history at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, said the engineering skills showcased by the canal had been around before Xerxes. "The ability to build a structure like that can be traced to Babylonian and Assyrian roots," she said.
Canal building, Dr. Brosius said, may even have been known in the kingdom of Urartu, which existed between the ninth and sixth centuries B.C. extending over part of what is now Armenia.
The construction was as much a feat of management as of engineering. Xerxes is believed to have drafted Phoenician engineers and to have assigned teams of workers to different sectors of the canal. Upon completion of the canal, the Persian fleet made it safely to the Aegean Sea, where it was joined by the troops that had taken the land route from the north. The ships sailed on to Greece. Xerxes' soldiers stormed the coast and advanced deep into Greek territory. They destroyed Athens but eventually lost to the Athenians in a battle that ended the Persians' fleeting imperial presence in Europe.
"The canal was forgotten," said Dr. Jones, the lead researcher.
|Statues of Ancient Indian Emperor Unearthed|
BHUBANESHWAR, India November 9, 2001 (Reuters) - Indian archaeologists have unearthed two ancient statues of a third century B.C. emperor which are believed to be the first visual representations of the warrior king who gave up war to become a Buddhist monk.
|Microsoft's Gates Envisions 'Digital Decade'|
By MAY WONG
|Spray-painted Death Declared Homicide|
|KNOXVILLE, Tenn. November 12, 2001 (Knoxville News-Sentinel) - The death of a man who was found spray-painted orange from "head-to-knees" this month has been ruled a homicide, police say. |
Terry Pease, 45, of Morristown, Tenn., was apparently disrobed and then spray-painted with orange, "Halloween-type" washable hair coloring before collapsing dead at his cousin's house Nov. 2, according to Morristown Police Detective Rick Harmon.
The paint fumes overwhelmed Pease's respiratory system, causing his bronchial tubes to swell and cut off the flow of oxygen to his bloodstream, Harmon explained.
"He was alive whenever he was painted, because he'd obviously breathed in the paint," Harmon said. "On the cans of this type of hair dye, there are warning labels that say the paint can be fatal. This is unbelievable." The death initially wasn't classified as a homicide, but an autopsy report changed the thrust of the investigation.
Pease apparently spent the last afternoon of his life at cousin's home, Harmon said. In the evening, three people described as "one white male and two white females ... pulled up and hollered at Terry (Pease)," Harmon continued. Pease allegedly left with the trio and returned several hours later, visibly intoxicated and somewhat disoriented, Harmon said. He had been covered with orange paint.
"He was painted on his hair, his face, beard, stomach, groin and legs," Harmon said. "It looked like someone had pulled down his pants, spray-painted him and then gotten him dressed again."
Pease collapsed shortly after arriving at his cousin's home and couldn't be revived by his family. After an autopsy was performed, authorities came to the conclusion that Pease had met his death at the hands of someone else.
"I just don't think anybody would spray themselves in the face with this stuff," Harmon said.
Harmon said he believes that Pease died as the result of a "prank." There were no clues as to whether there was any significance to the use of the color orange. "I don't how they ended up with that color," he said.
|Topless Protesters 'Strip-Tease for Trees'|
EUREKA CA November 11, 2001 (Reuters) - Nine bare-breasted women briefly halted logging work near California's contested Headwaters Forest on Friday in a protest against what they said was unconscionable logging of redwood trees.
|Women Have 15% More Brain Cells|
Ontario November 13, 2001 (BBC) - Women's brains are more tightly packed with cells in the area that control mental processes such as judgement, personality, planning and working memory, researchers have found.
|Spinach and Blueberries Are Brain Food|
|By SETH HETTENA |
Associated Press Writer
SAN DIEGO November 12, 2001 (AP) — Studies exploring the effects of specific foods on the brains of animals found that diets rich in spinach and blueberries may help stave off age-related declines in rats' mental abilities.
Rats fed a diet rich in spinach reversed a normal loss of learning that occurs with age, according to a study by researchers at the University of South Florida. The study was presented at the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting in San Diego this week.
Rats fed a normal diet that contained 2 percent freeze-dried spinach learned to associate the sound of a tone with an oncoming puff of air faster than those fed regular rat chow, the study found. The test measured the interval between the sound of the tone and when the rats blinked.
The experiment was designed to test the ability to associate two distinct but related events, a skill that has been shown to decline with age in rodents, rabbits and humans.
Spinach is rich in antioxidants, which scientists say can block the effects of free radicals. Studies suggest the lifelong accumulation of free radicals in the brain is linked to mental declines in old age and is also a probable factor in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
"This is a preclinical finding of significant interest that now needs to be tested in humans,'' said Dr. Paula Bickford of the University of South Florida, an author of the study.
Blueberries are also rich in antioxidants. A study by researchers at the University of Houston at Clear Lake and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico found that blueberries may help fight age-related declines in rats' memories.
Aging rats that were fed a blueberry-supplemented diet for four months tested as well as younger rats in their abilities to recognize objects after an hour. Aging rats fed a normal diet failed to recognize the objects.
"This complete deficit was fully alleviated by diet,'' said Dr. David Malin of the University of Houston at Clear Lake.
The brains of the rats in the experiment are being analyzed to determine whether blueberries slowed brain degeneration.
|First Visible Picture From Mars Odyssey!|
Pasadena November 13, 2001 (JPL/NASA) - This picture shows both a visible and a thermal infrared image taken by the thermal emission imaging system on NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft on November 2, 2001. The images were taken as part of the ongoing calibration and testing of the camera system as the spacecraft orbited Mars on its 13th revolution of the planet.
|Green Light For Pluto|
By Dr David Whitehouse
|Wil Wheaton Comes Home!|
November 13, 2001 (eXoNews) - Wil Wheaton has an excellent web site! Unlike most of the multitude of celebrity sites around the Internet, Wheaton is a self-confessed geek who authors and maintains the site himself. What really makes this URL rock is the author's unique take on what is probably the most successful science fiction venture of all time - Star Trek, a show that Wheaton once quit cold.
Since the launch of TNN's Star Trek: The Next Generation revival, Wheaton has resurfaced within the franchise and now he confirms that Wesley Crusher, his Star Trek alter ego last seen tripping off into the cosmos with the mysterious "Traveler", will return for the upcoming Star Trek: Nemesis, which begins filming this month.
Here's the text of Wil's announcement. Visit his site for lot's more data, Data.
"So we spent some time negotiating it, and --get this-- Rick Berman told my agent that he was "very pleased" that I was going to be in the movie!
|Genre News: X-Files, Buffy, Star Trek, Roswell|
Robert Patrick Talks X-Files
"We've picked up right after the birth of Scully's baby," Patrick said in an interview. "We've introduced a couple of new characters [Lucy Lawless as Shannon McMahon and Cary Elwes as Asst. Director Fullmer], and we've closed a few doors, while opening up some whole new conspiracies and investigations."
X-Files airs Sundays at 9PM on Fox
Official X-Files Site - http://www.xfiles.com
Nice Alternate X-Files site (ahem) - http://flatdisk.net/keyox
'Buffy' Lands on the Auction Block
Buffy airs Tuesdays at 8PM on UPN.
Official Buffy Site - http://www.buffyupn.com
The Monday, Nov. 19 "Chat Marathon" will feature the men of STAR TREK while Tuesday, Nov. 20 features the women of STAR TREK. Some of the celebrities confirmed to participate include; Marina Sirtis -- Counselor Deanna Troi on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION; Denise Crosby -- Lt. Natasha "Tasha" Yar on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION; Robert Picardo -- Doctor on STAR TREK: VOYAGER; Walter Koenig -- Pavel A. Checkov on the original STAR TREK; Wil Wheaton - Ensign Wesley Crusher on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION with more stars signing on daily.
Hollywood November 13, 2001 (SciFi Wire) - Adam Rodriguez told SCI FI Wire that even after Jesse Ramirez (Rodriguez) and Isabel Evans (Katherine Heigl) tie the knot in the "To Have and To Hold" episode of Roswell the groom still wouldn't have any idea that his beloved is an alien.
"She feels she's got to hide it from me," Rodriguez said. "It's a huge dilemma for her."
"I had to learn about Skins and Antar and how the alien kids ended up on Earth and had their DNA mixed with human DNA and were put in these pods and then walked out of the desert 12 years ago and were adopted by human families," he said. "I had to learn everything. It's been an education. The whole back-story is really cool to me and now I'm just glad to be a part of it. I really dig it."
Unofficial Roswell Site - http://www.crashdown.com
|Bush Administration Recycles Controversial Nominee|
|Washington DC November 12th, 2001 (Earthjustice) - Reacting to the news that the Bush administration’s first failed environmental nominee has resurfaced in another high-level position, Earthjustice called the move, "a deliberate and backdoor attempt to continue down a clear anti-environmental path." Donald Schregardus, the embattled and defeated nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement division, has now been named to a new environmental position – the Navy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Environment – that, unlike the EPA post, does not require Senate confirmation. |
Schregardus was recently appointed to the new post of Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Environment for the Navy’s Installations and Environment Division and is reportedly scheduled to begin work Tuesday. The post was created when another position — Assistant Deputy Secretary for Environment and Safety — was divided into two positions, possibly to create a spot for Schregardus. The new position appears to be in charge of compliance with environmental laws and clean up of hazardous waste sites for the Navy.
"We are pleased that the White House is taking an interest in recycling," said Earthjustice policy analyst Maria Weidner. "Unfortunately, they’re recycling a bad nominee by trying to again put him, again, in an important environmental position."
Schregardus had been the Bush administration’s nominee to head EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, but withdrew his nomination in mid-September after drawing fire from national, regional, and Ohio environmental groups, as well as several US Senators. Factors involved several troubling aspects of Schregardus’s track record as director of Ohio EPA, including:
"The announcement that Mr. Schregardus has been appointed to this environmental position is particularly disturbing because one of his most pronounced failures in Ohio involved not cleaning up contaminated sites — including a military site in River Valley that is the likely cause of a cancer cluster in that community," asserted Weidner. "Schregardus will almost certainly face similar situations in his new position, which appears to have responsibility for site cleanups and environmental compliance for the Navy."
|King Pays One Cow For Violating Sex Ban|
MBABANE, Swaziland November 12, 2001 (AP) - The king of Swaziland paid the traditional fine of one cow Sunday for violating his own ban prohibiting girls under age 18 from having sexual relations.
|Pregnant Woman Gets Pregnant!|
|Rome November 12, 2001 (BBC) - An Italian woman is due to give birth in a hospital in Rome this week to a baby girl - before returning three months later to have triplets. If both deliveries are successful, it is thought that this will be the first such case in history. |
Flavia D'Angelo, 20, denies suggestions that she might have had hormone or fertility treatment. She has already named her first child Denise.
She told Italian television: "When I was at the sixth month of my pregnancy and went to see the doctor for the usual tests and scans, he noticed that, apart from Denise, there were another three babies. I didn't believe it at first. I remember asking the doctor to make sure because I just couldn't understand how it was possible. The difficult thing is not knowing what is going to happen after Denise is born. After that it is all suppositions and theories."
Professor Ian Craft, director of the London fertility clinic, said it should not be theoretically possible for a woman to be pregnant twice at the same time.
"Normally when you are pregnant you switch off your ovulation, and you don't then ovulate again and you have no periods until your child is born and you are at least part the way through breastfeeding. I have never seen it in my whole professional career."
Professor Craft said the condition, known technically as superfecundation, does occur rarely in animals. However, he said it was extraordinary for someone to conceive naturally and then to spontaneously ovulate three eggs again. The chance of having triplets is only one in 6,000.
"How often would you expect these two combinations to go together? You are more likely to win the lottery."
Professor Craft said there was a high risk that the triplets would be born prematurely. He said there were also difficult questions about how the first child should be delivered to minimize risk to the triplets.
|Old Rockers Never Die News:|
Van Morrison Wins Libel Damages
Belfast November 14, 2001 (BBC) - Singer Van Morrison has won substantial damages over a newspaper allegation that he had an affair with American singer Linda Gail Lewis. A lawyer for the Sunday Independent apologized to Morrison and his long-term partner Michelle Rocca in the High Court in Belfast on Wednesday.
No Sir Mick For Jagger
London November 14, 2001 (BBC) - Rolling Stone Mick Jagger has poked fun at the royal family for the lack of honors he has received during his long musical career.
|Psychedelic Stone Age Sound System|
|By John Innes |
Reading, Scotland November 11, 2001 (The Scotsman) - Stone Age man deliberately built his tombs 5,000 years ago to create a "wall of sound", new research reveals. Tombs in Orkney and standing stone circles in Aberdeenshire were constructed to amplify the music until it left worshippers in a trance-like state. The effect of the low-frequency sound, which was mood altering, would be amplified by light.
The discoveries were made by two scientific teams, working in parallel, examining Neolithic sites in Scotland, England and Ireland.
Dr David Keating, of Reading University, said: "Stone Age people were a lot more sophisticated than we have given them credit for. We are seeing here a sophistication in acoustics that is apparent to us in the sophistication of the building, in its architecture, and its astronomical alliance. It has opened our eyes."
Dr Keating, of the cybernetics department, had begun his investigation with colleague Dr Aaron Watson. The archaeologist had made an accidental discovery while on a visit to the 13 standing stones at Easter Aquorthies, near Inverurie, in Aberdeenshire.
"When I first visited the circle, what struck me was, as I moved across the very central region of the monument, I heard an increase in volume - it became a fuller sound. Moving across the site, I heard those sounds suddenly decrease."
|Recent Supreme Court Rulings|
|By GINA HOLLAND |
No To Review of Emotionally Troubled Student Case
WASHINGTON November 13, 2001 (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to spell out what school districts are required to do to accommodate children who are emotionally troubled. Justices declined without comment to review a case that asked whether Congress intended special help for students like "Dale M.," who used drugs and caused problems in his Illinois high school.
"This case presents questions of exceptional importance regarding the rights of emotionally disturbed children," lawyers for the student told the court.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act says that disabled students are entitled to special accommodations at no cost. The act applies to children with mental retardation, specific learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, and other disabilities like deafness. It has been used to require public school districts to pay for specialized private schooling.
In Dale's case, a school psychologist said he suffered from depression. He was skipping school, drinking up to 12 beers a day and regularly smoking marijuana. His mother enrolled him in a residential school in Maine, where court records show his discipline problems stopped. The mother said that the Illinois district where they lived should have to pay for the school, because of his disability.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals described Elan School as a "boarding school for difficult children." The court also said that because Dale's problems were not "primarily educational," they did not qualify him for reimbursement.
Illinois education officials had approved the school and its curriculum. A federal judge had already ordered the Bradley-Bourbonnais district to pay for Dale's classes. A panel of the 7th Circuit voted 2-1 to overturn that.
"None of us who wear black robes are in an institutional position to second guess the Illinois Department of Education that approved the program as a permissible placement for Illinois school children," Judge Kenneth Ripple wrote in a dissent.
Lawyers for the Illinois school district Dale attended said that the Maine school did not have special treatment programs.
"Had the Elan school offered services tailored to address Dale's psychological and other needs arising from his disability, rather than serving only as a holding pen, the 7th Circuit's analysis leaves no doubt that it could have been an appropriate educational placement," the lawyers wrote in court papers.
Dale's problems date back to 1993, when he was 14. He was charged with various crimes and caused problems for teachers. School leaders enrolled him in a day school for troubled students, but he refused to go to classes.
The case is Dale M. v Board of Education of Bradley-Bourbonnais High School, 01-431.
Decision Doesn't Change Grandparents' Rights
WASHINGTON November 13, 2001 (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to consider changing Louisiana's law that grants some grandparents court-ordered rights to see their grandchildren.
The justices declined without comment to review an appeal from a former oil-rig worker left to raise a 1-year-old daughter when his wife died of a brain tumor. Jeffrey Alan Harris argued that his late wife's family was trying to be a parent to his child. Last year justices struck down a Washington state visitation law and warned that states must be careful in giving grandparents and others with close ties to children the right to see them regularly against a parent's wishes.
The ruling gave America's estimated 60 million grandparents no special status in visitation cases. But at the same time, it did not definitively answer such questions as what standard judges should use in protecting the rights of parents. The emotional subject pits parental rights against states' efforts to promote children's best interests. States have a variety of grandparent visitation laws.
"A fit parent like Jeffrey should not be compelled into court by the state to, in effect, be 'married' to his in-laws," Harris' attorney said in asking justices to reconsider the issue.
Trisha Galjour Harris sued to end her two-year marriage in 1997, just weeks before her death. Among complaints was her husband's drinking, court records show.
Under Louisiana law, if a spouse dies or is imprisoned, that spouse's parents may be given reasonable visitation if a judge decides it is in the grandchildren's best interest. A Louisiana appeals court said the law was not too far-reaching.
In the Washington case, the Supreme Court ruled against the parents of a man who committed suicide. The couple had been given visitation rights to see their son's two daughters, over objections of the girls' mother.
"So long as a parent adequately cares for his or her children ... there will normally be no reason for the state to inject itself into the private realm of the family to further question the ability of that parent to make the best decisions concerning the rearing of that parent's children," Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote in last year's decision.
The judge in the Louisiana case urged Harris to get along with his in-laws. "You're going to need some help raising a little girl, so that would be a very good resource to you. You all can try to get past this litigation and get on with your lives," the judge said.
After losing in Louisiana courts, he appealed the judge's ruling granting Gaston and Pat Galjour visitation to the Supreme Court. He argued that the state grandparent visitation law is unconstitutional.
"This statute cannot be read or stretched in any way to be interpreted as granting unto grandparents the same rights and status as parents," the Galjours' attorneys told justices. "Camille's liberty interest in preserving the bonds with her mother's family, especially given the fact that her mother is deceased, must not be ignored," the attorneys said in court papers.
The Galjours, who are retired, see their granddaughter one weekend a month, in addition to summer vacation and holidays. The court order forbids them to purchase her inappropriate gifts, take her out of the greater New Orleans area or let her visit her mother's grave without the father's permission.
The girl's father quit his offshore job in 1998 to spend more time with the daughter. His attorney said he is "a fit parent who only wants what Pat and Gaston Galjour had, the right of a parent to raise his child without interference by the state in favor of grandparents."
The case is Harris v. Galjour, 01-411.
Ruling Against Victim in Stolen ID Case
WASHINGTON (November 13, 2001 3:10 p.m. EST) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a woman from California whose identity was stolen, closing the door on late lawsuits over credit reporting problems.
The 9-0 decision, the first of the court's term, strips Adelaide Andrews of the right to sue a former credit reporting agency for giving out her private information. Her attorney argued that the lawsuit was late because she didn't find out right away about the reporting activities. Justices rejected arguments that victims need extra time to sue over damaged credit but said Congress could reconsider the subject.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said from the bench that Congress imposed a two-year limitation on cases that accuse companies of violating a federal fair credit reporting law.
"Courts have no warrant to enlarge the exceptions absent a green light turned on by the legislature," she said.
Andrews' identity was stolen by a receptionist at a doctor's office, her lawyers said. Andrews sued TRW in 1996 for disclosing her credit reports in 1994 and wrongly including a transaction by the impostor in her credit report. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Andrews could sue TRW because the time limit for the case didn't start until she discovered a problem.
The Supreme Court, which overturned that, had been told by industry attorneys that companies could not keep records indefinitely in anticipation of lawsuits.
Consumer advocates, who supported Andrews, argued that the fear of successful lawsuits would force the agencies to police their information more closely and catch identity thieves. The Bush administration also sided with Andrews. At least 20 percent of victims of identity theft do not find out about the theft within two years, federal statistics show. Congress was told this spring that identity theft has become a national crisis. The number of people victimized may be as high as 750,000 a year, privacy advocates have said.
The case is TRW v. Andrews, 00-1045.
|When A Bird Eats A Horse, That's News!|
|By Helen Briggs |
BBC News Online
Messel, Germany November 14, 2001 (BBC) - A spectacular new fossil of a tiny ancient horse is shedding new light on the evolution of equines.
The forest dwelling horses come from a time, 49 million years ago, when tropical forests stretched right to the poles. The largest mammals were about the size of a pig, and giant stalking birds, Gastornis, took the role of top predators.