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      CIVIL SERVANTS WANT PLUM JOBS
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
     Some 40,000 civil servants have submitted requests for transfers from various areas of the public sector to well–paid jobs with the Economy and Finance Ministry, sources told Kathimerini yesterday, in a development that points to a large imbalance in the civil service.

Positions at the Finance Ministry ar >>>


      COURIER VEHICLE ROBBERS BUSTED
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
     Two people were arrested in Athens for allegedly being part of an organized ring that robbed couriers of some 200,000 euros over the last two years, police said on Saturday.

The suspects allegedly monitored the couriers as they arrived at an address, waited until they entered the building to make a delivery and >>>


      DEADLINE NEARS FOR PASSPORTS
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
      The number of passport applications has failed to pick up after the summer break, indicating a last–minute rush for travelers wanting to make a trip over the Christmas period, according to police data released yesterday.

From the middle of September until October 10, there were 80,000 passport applicatio >>>


      EU COASTAL PATROL TAKES SHAPE
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
      The European Union is moving forward with the creation of joint coastal patrols to fight illegal immigration, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said yesterday.

«We are coming closer to carrying out this idea,» Bakoyannis said. «It will take time, this will not happen tomorrow, but our authorit >>>


      EU TARGETS GREECE FOR BAD WATER
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
     More than 180,000 people in parts of Greece are drinking water contaminated with toxic substances, according to recent studies, a development that has prompted the EU to take the country to court.

According to tests carried out by the Health Ministry and an unnamed international research body, the drinking wate >>>


      EX–GENERAL ATTEMPTS TO BLACKMAIL GROCERY
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
      A 53–year–old retired air force brigadier general was arrested yesterday for allegedly threatening to infect a supermarket’s food items with salmonella if he wasn’t paid 310,000 euros, police said.

The suspect is said to have sent a letter to a Veropoulos supermarket using language often adopted by >>>


      FILM–INSPIRED SIBLINGS FAKE OWN KIDNAPPING
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
     Two 11–year–old siblings who claimed they escaped from kidnappers in Ilion, western Athens, admitted following police questioning that they made up the story after being inspired by a film, officers said on Saturday.

The children reported the alleged abduction late on Friday. They said that a man ag >>>


      GOV’T FACES MIDTERM TEST
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
      ND expected to hold on to key seats but PASOK threatening mayoral posts LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP Photo: Street vendors ply their trade next to a pre–election kiosk yesterday.

Tomorrow’s local authority polls are being seen as a midterm test for ruling conservatives who are facing a wave of popular disconten >>>


      GREECE’S INTEREST RATES TOP EUROZONE
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
      The cost of money in Greece is the second highest in the eurozone for home loans with floating interest rates, according to data released yesterday by the European Central Bank (ECB).

According to the survey, the cost of financing a property in Greece with a floating rate reaches 4.51 percent.

The onl >>>


      GREEK JETS HASSLED US, TURKS SAY
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
      Turkey’s military said yesterday that Greek warplanes harassed Turkish jets three times during training exercises conducted in international air space over the Aegean Sea.

The military, in a statement posted on its website, said an F–16 jet was harassed by two Greek Mirage warplanes in an area northwest >>>


      IN BRIEF
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
      STRIKING TEACHERS Education minister, educators expected to meet on Tuesday Striking teachers are expected to meet with Education Minister Marietta Giannakou on Tuesday in a sign that the month–long strike action might be headed for an end. The Greek Primary School Teachers’ Federation (DOE) along with the Federa >>>


      LOCAL ELECTIONS RENEW MANDATE FOR REFORMS
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
     New Democracy holds on to Athens and Thessaloniki but PASOK gains Piraeus and retains Athens–Piraeus superprefecture &nbsp&nbsp[+] Provincial elections 2006 MARIA MAROYIANNI/ANA Photo: Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis (l) walks through crowds of supporters after congratulating Nikitas Kaklamanis (r) on bec >>>


      THIS WEEK
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
     Monday Pre–school and primary school teachers begin a fifth week of strikes to protest the government’s refusal to increase their starting salaries. Primary schools to remain closed until further notice.

The Hellenic Organization for Standardization hosts a conference titled «Speech and Transmission >>>


      WEAPONS CACHE CONFISCATED...
      Kathimerin, 16-10-2006
      P.SAITAS/ANA Police in Athens display part of the narcotics and weapons cache confiscated yesterday from three Albanian nationals. The two men, aged 27 and 34, and a 21–year–old woman were arrested, accused of possessing 2' kilos of cannabis and 100 grams of cocaine. The suspects later appeared before a >>>


      BUSINESSLINE
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Arab News Mobily Starts Major Expansion Arab News RIYADH, 16 October 2006 Mobily has announced that it has completed the first and second phases of its independent network expansion in the Kingdom, which depends on a high and modern communication technology. Mobily also has announced that it has started the third phase >>>


      DNV TO OPEN OFFICE LOCATIONS IN ME, INDIA
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Arab News DUBAI, 16 October 2006 Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a major international provider of services for managing risk, has announced it will open a series of new and enhanced office locations throughout the Middle East and India due to escalating revenues that are estimated to reach $45 million by the end of 2006.
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      GCC IPO MARKET GATHERS MOMENTUM
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Arab News ABU DHABI, 16 October 2006 This year will set another record for initial public offerings (IPOs) in the GCC, according to Gulf Capital Research, with total money raised expected to exceed $8 billion by the end of the year. Despite the regression of the stock market in general, demand for IPOs remains strong a >>>


      INVESTING IN EDUCATION WILL HELP NATIONALIZATION OF INSURANCE WORK FORCE
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      V.A. Tommy In spite of the continuing boom in many sectors, especially in the construction and manufacturing, insurance, as an industry, is still in its development stage, in most of the GCC countries. A major reason for the underdevelopment of insurance is an acute shortage of skilled professionals in the area.
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      MOVE TO RAISE AWARENESS OF STRATEGIC PLANNING
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Saeed Al–Abyad, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 October 2006 The chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Saleh Ali Al–Turki said the House of Business, a subsidiary of the JCCI, is currently working to raise awareness of the importance of strategic planning in all business activities.

A >>>


      NUCLEAR ENERGY &#8212; WHAT FUTURE FOR OIL?
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
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Nuclear Energy What Future for Oil? Dr. Mohamed A. Ramady The recent public announcements of a host of countries to consider nuclear energy to meet their future needs, have opened up a list of long–term questions for the non–renewable fossil energy producers suc >>>


      REDEFINING THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT FOR EXPATRIATES
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Dr. N. Janardhan Though the percentage of expatriates in the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries grew from 22.' in 1'75 to 37.1 in 2004, and constituting about 70 percent of the workforce, a number of changes on the ground during the last few years have redefined the rules of engagement for about 13 mi >>>


      SABB TAKAFUL TO OFFER RANGE OF PRODUCTS
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Javid Hassan, Arab News RIYADH, 16 October 2006 SABB Takaful Company has been awarded a license to operate in the Kingdoms insurance industry, allowing it to offer a comprehensive range of Shariah–compliant Takaful products for personal and corporate customers. SABB Takaful will offer both family and general Taka >>>


      SABIC PROFIT UP 12 PERCENT
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Reuters RIYADH, 16 October 2006 Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), the worlds largest petrochemical firm by market value, beat analysts forecasts with a 12 percent rise in third–quarter net profit.

The Arab worlds largest listed company in the Arab world said higher prices for petrochemical and steel >>>


      SPEAKING TECHNICALLY
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Shatha Y. Idrees, shatha_e@yahoo.com One thing that has always amazed me in financial markets is the formation of crowds. When I say crowds, I am referring to the majority of traders sharing the same views and expectations. Even more astonishingly is the fact that the majority is usually wrong at major market turning p >>>


      AS RAMADAN APPROACHES ITS END
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Edited by Adil Salahi Ramadan is a great season for Muslims. Throughout the month, they feel very close to God. Only those who fast know from personal experience that to deprive oneself of the pleasures of eating and drinking when hungry, thirsty and tired on a long, hot summer day does not make the fasting person bore >>>


      FOLLOWING THE FOUR IMAMS
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q. Muslims learn at a very young age that there are four imams whom we can follow in religious matters. However, some people say that we must not follow these four imams, but we must follow the Quran and the Sunnah.

Please comment. M. Fasih A. It is true that we must follow the Quran and >>>


      PRACTICES NOT RELATED TO ISLAMIC WORSHIP
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Edited by Adil Salahi Q.1. In our local mosque, people gather after Asr prayer on Thursdays for a session of congregational glorification of God. This starts in very low voices, but become louder as it progresses. Toward the end, the sound is so loud, it is deafening. Afterward, people distribute fruit. Although it app >>>


      AL–JOUF POLICE RESCUE MEN LOST IN DESERT
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Arab News Al–JOUF, 16 October 2006 Police in Al–Jouf managed to locate and rescue three Saudi men who got lost in the desert after going camping there, Al–Madinah newspaper reported yesterday. A police spokesman said that they began searching for the men after they received reports that they were miss >>>


      BUSINESS HOUSE LAUNCHES EID CLOTHING CAMPAIGN
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 October 2006 Those who are looking to give charity in order to create a smile on the faces of the needy people during Ramadan and Eid, but do not know where or who to give their donations to, can contribute to the Al–Sawani Eid Clothing Campaign.

During Ramadan, Al&nd >>>


      EXPAT EMBEZZLES MILLIONS FROM BUSINESSMEN
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Arab News JEDDAH, 16 October 2006 An Arab expatriate defrauded more than 100 businessmen in Jeddah, Riyadh and the Eastern Province for about SR7 million.

The Arab resident, a private company employee, pretended to be an assistant professor at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah. He then made some fake busine >>>


      FREE TREATMENT FOR KIDNEY PATIENTS
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Raid Qusti, Arab News Prince Abdul Aziz ibn Salman, left, supervisor of the Prince Fahd ibn Salman Charitable Society for the Care of Kidney Patients, with Suleiman Al–Humaid, chairman of the National Company for Cooperative Insurance, in Riyadh.

(AN photo by Iqbal Hossein) RIYADH, 16 October 2006 Fresh >>>


      GACA TO SPEND SR30BN ON AIRPORT EXPANSIONS
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 October 2006 The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) intends to invest SR30 billion in expanding airports in Jeddah, Madinah and Tabuk in order to meet a growing number of passengers and the requirements of two new domestic private airlines.

"The new expans >>>


      SCHOOL GUARD DEALING DRUGS TO STUDENTS
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Arab News BAHA, 16 October 2006 A school security guard was sentenced to seven years in prison and 500 lashes after being convicted for dealing drugs to students at a school in Baha. Police also discovered a considerable amount of pills with the guard. Another guard at the school was sentenced to six months in prison a >>>


      TEENAGER GANG BUSTED IN BURAIDAH
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Arab News BURAIDAH, 16 October 2006 A gang of three teenage robbers were arrested in Buraidah, Al–Madinah newspaper reported yesterday. The gang reportedly used knives and other weapons to intimidate their victims in order to force them to hand over their money and cell phones. Secret police were sent to the area >>>


      THOUSANDS OF EGYPTIAN PILGRIMS STRANDED
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Galal Fakkar, Arab News JEDDAH, 16 October 2006 More than 4,000 Egyptian Umrah pilgrims are stuck in Jordan and at two Egyptian ports because of failing transportation procedures that were agreed on following the drowning of pilgrims in the Red Sea earlier this year.

The pilgrims are currently stuck at the Jor >>>


      WORLD HERITAGE SITES: THREAT OR PROMISE?
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Roger Harrison, Arab News Madain Saleh, one of Saudi Arabias three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (AN photo by Roger Harrison)

JEDDAH, 16 October 2006 Saudi Arabia has selected three sites as the first United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage sites in the Kingdom. >>>


      AHMADINEJAD SAYS NO SURRENDER ON N–ISSUE
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Agence France Presse TEHRAN, 16 October 2006 President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has pledged that Iran will make no concessions to Western–led pressure over its nuclear program, whatever sanctions are threatened by the international community.

"Pressure and threats against Irans nuclear program will not a >>>


      ATF CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON REBUILDING LEBANON
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Arab News Arab Thought Foundation Chairman Prince Khalid Al–Faisal, right, is seen in this file photo with late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, second right, and Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, third right. (AN photo)

JEDDAH, 16 October 2006 The Arab Thought Foundation (ATF) yesterday announced a >>>


      BRITISH MINISTER WANTS VEIL TEACHER SACKED
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Mushtak Parker, Arab News LONDON, 16 October 2006 British Local Government Minister Phil Woolas yesterday joined an increasingly bitter debate over the wearing of Muslim face veil by calling for the dismissal of primary school teaching assistant Aishah Azmi.

In an interview with The Sunday Mirror newspaper, Wo >>>


      CHIEF MINISTER MULAYAM BEGINS HIS POLL DRIVE
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Nilofar Suhrawardy, Arab News HARIDWAR, 16 October 2006 Samajwadi Party (SP) chief and Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav concluded his partys two–day national executive meeting here yesterday by virtually kicking off his partys poll campaign for assembly elections in UP and Uttaranchal and the >>>


      CHIRAC SORRY ABOUT GENOCIDE BILL: ERDOGAN
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Reuters ANKARA, 16 October 2006 French leader Jacques Chirac has told Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan he is sorry French lawmakers approved a bill making it a crime to deny Armenians were victims of genocide at the hands of Ottoman Turks.

"Chirac called me and told me he was sorry and he said >>>


      CONGRESS PARTY BRINGS BACK TRUSTED OLD SLOGAN TO WOO MASSES
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Elizabeth Roche, Agence France Presse NEW DELHI, 16 October 2006 It was the slogan that propelled Indias then Premier Indira Gandhi to her first re–election victory in 1'71 by a landslide.

Thirty–five years on, the Congress party government has brought back "Garibi Hatao" "Eradic >>>


      LANKA NAVY SINKS REBEL BOAT; 5 KILLED
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Associated Press Police inspect the bodies of three ethnic Sinhalese men killed in Vavuniya on Sunday. Tamil rebels blindfolded the Sinhalese civilians, tied their hands and fatally shot them.(AP)

COLOMBO, 16 October 2006 The Sri Lankan Navy destroyed a trawler loaded with arms along the western coast yesterda >>>


      MALABAR REGION TO GET SEVEN MORE CONSTITUENCIES
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Mohammed Ashraf, Arab News TRIVANDRUM, 16 October 2006 With the parties agreeing to delimit constituencies before the 200' general elections, the Malabar region of Kerala is upbeat at the prospects of seven more assembly constituencies and a Parliament constituency at the cost of the southern districts. The Muslim& >>>


      PAKISTAN BEGINS REGISTRATION OF AFGHAN REFUGEES
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Azhar Masood & Agencies A woman official at the National Data and Registration Authority checks the data of an Afghan refugee at a registration center in Quetta on Sunday.

(AP) ISLAMABAD, 16 October 2006 Authorities began yesterday to register Afghan refugees for the first time and to provide them with off >>>


      POWERFUL BLAST INJURES 3 IN S. PHILIPPINES
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Al Jacinto, Arab News ZAMBOANGA CITY, 16 October 2006 — At least three persons were injured by an explosion in Jolo yesterday, the fourth in a spate of bombings in the volatile southern Philippines, military and police officials said.

Reports reaching the military’s Western Mindanao Command headquarters here s >>>


      SUICIDE ATTACK TARGETS WOMEN TEACHERS IN IRAQ
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Marwan Ibrahim, Agence France Presse KIRKUK, Iraq, 16 October 2006 Insurgent car bombers blitzed the Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk yesterday, killing 11 people and wounding 62 in five brutal attacks, including one on a school training young women teachers.

Brig. Gen. Adel Ibrahim of the Kirkuk police said three of >>>


      SUMMIT WITH ABBAS PUT ON HOLD: OLMERT
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Agencies JERUSALEM, 16 October 2006 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday a planned summit with Mahmoud Abbas has been put on hold because of the Palestinian presidents insistence that Israel promise to release large numbers of Palestinian prisoners the latest setback for US–led efforts to restart pea >>>


      TALEBAN AMBUSH LEAVES 7 DEAD IN AFGHANISTAN
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Agence France Presse KABUL, 16 October 2006 A series of Taleban–linked attacks across Afghanistan yesterday left seven people dead, including a provincial councilor who was shot dead on his way to work in the southern city of Kandahar.

There were also fears for an Italian photojournalist who had been out >>>


      YUNUS VOWS TO MAKE POVERTY HISTORY
      Arab News, 16-10-2006
      Nurul Alam, Agence France Presse CHITTAGONG, 16 October 2006 Nobel Peace laureate and microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus vowed to make poverty history as he unveiled new plans to transform the fortunes of Bangladeshs poor.

"I think its quite possible to eradicate poverty from this world. I think we can ha >>>


      AT U.N., U.S. PUSHES FOR VOTE ON N. KOREA
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      October 14, 2006; A14 UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 13 –– The United States and Japan pushed for a Saturday vote on a Security Council resolution that would condemn North Korea‘s reported nuclear test and impose an embargo on the communist government‘s trade in weapons of mass destruction, ballistic miss >>>


      COLOMBIAN REBEL‘S TRIAL TO BEGIN IN D.C.
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      WASHINGTON –– The politically charged trial of a top Latin American rebel leader is set to begin in a 3–year–old kidnapping case that has the lives of three Americans hanging in the balance.

Opening statements were scheduled for Monday in the U.S. District Court trial of 56–year&n >>>


      CONVICTED LAWYER FACES PRISON SENTENCE
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      NEW YORK –– Civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart admits she zealously tried to save a blind Egyptian sheik from prison. Now a judge will determine whether she should join her former client behind bars.

Prosecutors are asking that the 67–year–old lawyer be given the maximum sentence of 30 y >>>


      DUKE ATHLETES DENY RAPE IN TV INTERVIEW
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 13 –– Angry that they have been charged with a rape they say they did not commit, three members of Duke University‘s lacrosse team say that the accusations have hurt their lives and those of their families for good, even if they end up being cleared.

"It‘s change >>>


      EARLY SNOW BLANKETS BUFFALO
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      By Carolyn ThompsonAssociated PressSaturday, October 14, 2006; A03 BUFFALO, Oct. 13 –– Buffalo lay all but paralyzed Friday after a record–breaking early snowstorm whited out the brilliant colors of fall, covered pumpkins and apples, and caught this city world–famous for its wintry weather flat& >>>


      EARTHQUAKE LEAVES HAWAII IN THE DARK
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      HONOLULU –– After the shake from Hawaii‘s strongest earthquake since 1'83 subsided, the power went out.

Elevators, fans and lights shut off, and hotel guests were evacuated, with some making a beeline to stores for nonperishable provisions.

But as the day continued, and the smell >>>


      FAA TIGHTENS RULES FOR SMALL PLANES ABOVE EAST RIVER IN N.Y.
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      NEW YORK, Oct. 13 –– Most small planes have been banned from flying along the East River in New York unless the pilot is in contact with air traffic control, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday.

The announcement came two days after a plane carrying New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle ab >>>


      GIRL SHOT IN PA. OUT OF HOSPITAL, PAPER REPORTS
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      LANCASTER, Pa., Oct. 14 –– One of the 10 girls shot at an Amish school two weeks ago has been released from the hospital, a newspaper reported.

Barbie Fisher, 11, whose 13–year–old sister, Marian, was among five girls killed, woke up at home on Saturday, a day after she was released fro >>>


      HAWAIIANS RECOVER FROM STRONG EARTHQUAKE
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      HONOLULU –– Aftershocks kept Hawaiians on edge following the strongest earthquake in more than two decades, a 6.6–magnitude quake that caused blackouts, landslides and prompted vacationers to flee their hotels.

There were no reports of fatalities, but the state Civil Defense had several repor >>>


      HEAVY RAIN HITS TEXAS, FLOODS ROADWAYS
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
     HOUSTON –– Severe thunderstorms with torrential rains and a possible tornado hit Southeast Texas, flooding roads and shutting down numerous schools Monday.

As much as 10 inches of rain fell overnight in the Houston–Galveston area. More rain was expected across Texas on Monday, with the possibi >>>


      IMAM GUILTY OF AIDING HAMAS
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      By Greg BluesteinAssociated PressSaturday, October 14, 2006; A07 ATLANTA, Oct. 13 –– The imam of a northern Georgia mosque pleaded guilty to providing material support to the militant group Hamas in a case in which the agreement, charges and even the plea hearing were handled in secret.

The U.S. at >>>


      IN CITIES, HEALTHFUL LIVING THROUGH FRESHER SHOPPING
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      PHILADELPHIA –– When Larry Lawrence drops into ShopRite, he steers his shopping cart to the towering mounds of produce. "It is like I am being drawn," he said, "by the peaches and the plums and the bananas." Lawrence, 57, has been eating more fruits and vegetables, and fresh fish, too, s >>>


      IOWA MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING FAMILY
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      BONAPARTE, Iowa –– A day after five members of a family were gunned down in their southeastern Iowa home, the family‘s 22–year–old son was charged with murdering them, authorities said.

Shawn Bentler faces five counts of first–degree murder in the deaths of his parents and t >>>


      LIVESTOCK SPERM BANK PRESERVES SPECIES
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      NEWPORT, R.I. –– Just one of the Dutch Belted Cattle lazing in a corral overlooking the city‘s rolling hills costs $4,000 _ a bargain considering its DNA is priceless.

Called Oreo cookie cows because of their three distinct stripes, Dutch Belteds were brought to the United States from Holland >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      3 Teen Girls, Parents Slain in Iowa Home DES MOINES –– Three high school girls and their parents were found shot to death Saturday morning at their home in eastern Iowa. The couple‘s son was arrested hours later in Illinois, and officials said he is a suspect in the slayings.

Michael Bentler, >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      RNC Chairman Denies Role in Official‘s Firing The head of the Republican Party said yesterday that he did not have a State Department official fired at the request of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, despite e–mails that reportedly suggest otherwise.

Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican Nationa >>>


      NATION IN BRIEF
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      Comair Sues FAA Over Plane Crash in Kentucky LEXINGTON, Ky. –– Comair sued the federal government and the Lexington airport Friday over the deadly crash of a commuter plane whose pilots mistakenly took off from a too–short runway. Forty–nine people were killed in the Aug. 27 accident.

A >>>


      NO FATALITIES REPORTED IN HAWAII EARTHQUAKE
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      HONOLULU, Oct. 15 –– A strong earthquake shook Hawaii early Sunday, causing landslides that blocked major highways on Hawaii Island and Maui. It knocked out power and limited communications across the state but apparently caused no fatalities, authorities said.

The quake struck at 7:07 a.m. local t >>>


      OUTGOING MEDICARE CHIEF CITES DRUG SAVINGS
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      A0' The Medicare prescription drug benefit is on pace to cost the federal government about $30 billion this year, far less than the $43 billion originally projected, outgoing Medicare chief Mark B. McClellan said yesterday.

The lower cost is a result of cheaper–than–expected premiums, fewer peo >>>


      PAST EARTHQUAKES IN HAWAII
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      AM –– A brief history of moderate or strong earthquakes that have struck in Hawaii, from the U.S. Geological Survey: _ 6.6 preliminary, Kailua Kona, Oct. 15, 2006. Caused power outages, landslides and some property damage, according to early reports.

_ 5.2, Naalehu, July 17, 2005 _ 5.3, Paauilo, Ju >>>


      POLICE IN VT. FIND BODY OF STUDENT
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      By Jamie StockwellWashington Post Staff WriterSaturday, October 14, 2006; B01 The body of a missing college senior from Arlington was found yesterday off a rural road near the University of Vermont. Police said that the man with whom she was last seen six days ago was arrested on unrelated sex assault charges and was b >>>


      POLICE OFFICER WOUNDED IN N.H. SHOOTING
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
     MANCHESTER, N.H. –– Schools were locked down Monday as SWAT teams searched downtown Manchester for a gunman who critically wounded a police officer in an early morning shooting.

Heavily armed SWAT teams searched a 40–block area with help from a police helicopter and canine units. Officers sear >>>


      RELIC OF CHICAGO‘S BLOODY PAST GETS A MODERN REWRITE
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      By Kari LydersenWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, October 16, 2006; A03 CHICAGO, Oct. 15 –– It was at the Biograph Theater that bank robber John Dillinger was gunned down by FBI agents on July 22, 1'34, after taking in the movie "Manhattan Melodrama" and being betrayed by the "Lady in R >>>


      SOUTH KOREAN APPROVED AS U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 13 –– The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki Moon on Friday as the next U.N. secretary general.

The Security Council‘s choice of Ban, 62, to succeed Kofi Annan was ratified by acclamation at the General Assembly, consisting >>>


      STUDDS, FIRST OPENLY GAY PERSON ELECTED TO CONGRESS, DEAD AT 6'
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      BOSTON (AP) –– Former U.S. Rep. Gerry Studds, the first openly gay person elected to Congress, died early Saturday at Boston Medical Center, several days after he collapsed while walking his dog, his husband said.

Studds fell unconscious Oct. 3 because of what doctors later determined was a blood c >>>


      TECHNIQUE MAY HELP REVIVE HEAD–INJURY VICTIMS
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      By Rob SteinWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, October 16, 2006; A0' Doctors yesterday reported the first evidence that targeted electrical brain stimulation may help head–trauma victims stuck in a state of semiconsciousness, after an experiment apparently restored some of one patient‘s abilities to fu >>>


      TESTIMONY TO BEGIN IN COIN DEALER CASE
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      TOLEDO, Ohio –– A politically connected coin dealer charged with stealing from the state has remained mum about the accusations over the last year.

Lawyers for Tom Noe, once a go–to guy for the Republican Party, was to begin explaining his side Monday during opening statements at his trial.>>>


      UNITEDHEALTH CEO MCGUIRE TO STEP DOWN
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      MINNEAPOLIS –– The stock options scandal claimed its biggest corporate chief yet on Sunday, with UnitedHealth Group Inc. saying Chairman and CEO William McGuire would step down because an outside report found that his option grants "were likely backdated." UnitedHealth, the nation‘s second&n >>>


      ‘NORTH KOREA SHOULD BE MORE REALISTIC‘
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      Last week the members of the United Nations selected a new secretary general –– the foreign minister of South Korea, Ban Ki Moon, 62. On Saturday in New York, Ban discussed his new role with Newsweek–Washington Post‘s Lally Weymouth. Excerpts: Q: The Security Council is voting on sanctions that >>>


      2 GOP SENATORS URGE NEW IRAQ STRATEGY
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      WASHINGTON –– Two leading Republican senators called Sunday for a new strategy in Iraq, saying the situation in getting worse and leaving the United States with few options.

Sens. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and John Warner of Virginia are part of the growing list of Republicans who are speaking out ag >>>


      2004 GOP TOUR PREPPED STEELE FOR SENATE RUN
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
     Some of the ministers gathering at the Genesis Dreamplex Hotel in Toledo were wary of the concept of a black Republican.

Only after everyone agreed there would be no photographers, the ministers grudgingly accepted the invitation to breakfast with Maryland Lt. Gov.

Michael S. Steele and other members o >>>


      A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN KERRY
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      In the months before the 2004 presidential election, The Washington Post‘s Bob Woodward sought to interview Sen. John F. Kerry, the Democratic nominee, about how he might have conducted foreign policy in the 18 months between Sept. 11, 2001, and the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. For his book "Plan of Attac >>>


      A GENDER INSURGENCY IN POLITICS
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      Men have been making policy in Washington for as long as most of us can remember. But much of the political future rests in the hands of women.

In the narrowest terms, with Democrats needing 15 seats to capture a majority of the seats in the House of Representatives, there are 17 highly competitive districts w >>>


      AID IS A BUMPER CROP FOR FARMERS
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      October 15, 2006; A01 In the spring of 2000, Congress decided to do something about its costly and politically driven practice of giving farmers a disaster payment each time a storm damaged their crops.

The lawmakers voted to use $8 billion in new taxpayer subsidies to help farmers buy crop insurance to protec >>>


      AN OFFER KIM CAN‘T REFUSE
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      Though the hour is late and the odds long, there is still a chance that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il can be persuaded to give up his nuclear arsenal.

Despite what many have suggested, this cannot be achieved simply through face–to–face negotiations or by offering security guarantees and econom >>>


      CANDIDATES TAKING AIM AT LOBBYISTS
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      A10 The dirtiest word on the campaign trail this year is "lobbyist." In close contests from Connecticut to California, Republicans and Democrats are attacking each other for getting too close to "special interests" and lobbyists. The accusation, a longtime election staple, is carrying greater heft t >>>


      CARDIN JOINED BY KERRY IN CRUCIAL PR. GEORGE‘S
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
     By Ann E. MarimowWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, October 16, 2006; B02 U.S. Senate candidate Benjamin L. Cardin teamed up with his party‘s last presidential nominee, John F. Kerry, yesterday to build support among black business owners in Prince George‘s County, rally volunteers in Montgomery County and >>>


      CHÁVEZ‘S U.N. MOMENT
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      It‘s election day for Hugo Chávez –– not in Venezuela but at the United Nations General Assembly. Today a vote is due on his government‘s bid for a nonpermanent seat on the Security Council. Chávez has spent most of this year campaigning for the job, traveling the world and promisi >>>


      CLINTON‘S IOWA VISIT MAY SERVE WIFE‘S AIMS
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      By Dan BalzWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, October 16, 2006; A04 DES MOINES, Oct. 15 –– Former president Bill Clinton entered the Hy–Vee Hall here on Saturday night like an aging rock star, striding up a red carpet, wearing a big smile, his arms outstretched to touch the hands of Democratic admire >>>


      CLINTON URGES PARTY TO SEEK GOP VOTERS, INDEPENDENTS
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      DES MOINES, Oct. 14 –– Former president Bill Clinton urged Democratic activists on Saturday to spend the final weeks of the midterm–election campaign appealing to independent and disaffected Republican voters, saying the Bush administration and Congress have been captured by the GOP‘s most ideol >>>


      COURT REJECTS SCOUT GROUP‘S APPEAL V. BERKELEY
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
     WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed Berkeley, California, to deny a free berth at its marina to a sea–scouting program of the Boy Scouts because the group excludes gays and atheists.

The justices let stand a California Supreme Court ruling that Berkeley can demand that th >>>


      CROP INSURERS PILING UP RECORD PROFITS
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      October 16, 2006; A01 In 2002, a small upstart insurance company approached the federal government with an idea. The company, Crop 1, was one of 16 firms that sold federally subsidized crop insurance policies to farmers under rates set by the government.

Crop 1‘s plan was modest. It wanted to introduce a >>>


      DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN LA. BACKS RIVAL OF JEFFERSON
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 14 –– An eight–term Louisiana congressman whose Capitol Hill office was raided earlier this year as part of a bribery investigation failed Saturday to win the endorsement of the state‘s Democratic Party.

Rep. William J. Jefferson was passed over by the party&lsquo >>>


      EU, U.S. TO SIGN AIR DATA DEAL ON MONDAY
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union will sign on Monday a deal giving U.S. law enforcement agencies easier access to air passenger data, ending a legal limbo for airlines, the EU presidency said.

The deal, clinched on October 6 after difficult negotiations, will provisionally >>>


      EX–MEDICARE OFFICIAL MOVES TO THINK TANK
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
     WASHINGTON –– Mark McClellan, who oversaw the federal government‘s health insurance programs for the poor and elderly, is joining the think tank world.

McClellan will focus on developing ways to improve health care and eliminate excess costs. He will serve as a visiting senior fellow at a cent >>>


      GOVERNMENT LOOKS AT RISE IN URBAN CRIME
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
     AM BOSTON –– Attorney General Alberto Gonzales offered no new crime–fighting initiatives Monday, promising only to study local crime rates in selected cities to see why homicides and other violent criminal activity is on the rise nationally.

In a speech to the International Association of Chie >>>


      HASTERT‘S TEAM MENTALITY TO BE TESTED AS FOLEY SCANDAL UNFOLDS
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      October 16, 2006; A01 On a table near the desk of the speaker of the House, nine bears sit in a wooden rowboat, eight with oars and one in charge. But the boat can‘t move unless the oars all row in the same direction. That‘s why House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R–Ill.) bought it.

Ever since a >>>


      LOW–KEY DEMOCRAT LEADS HIGH–STAKES SENATE RACE
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      By David FinkelWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, October 15, 2006; A04 READING, Pa. –– For Bob Casey Jr., it was one of the good days in his campaign to send Sen. Rick Santorum (R–Pa.) into political obscurity. Morning brought word of a new poll showing him with a 12–point lead over Santorum, >>>


      NKOREA RETURN TO 6–WAY TALKS WON‘T END SANCTIONS: US
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to Japan Thomas Schieffer said on Monday a return by North Korea to stalled six–party talks on its nuclear program would not be sufficient to end United Nations sanctions.

"A return to six–party talks kind of doesn‘t do it," Schieffer said. &q >>>


      REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS FLEX THEIR FUNDRAISING MUSCLE
      Washington Post, 16-10-2006
      Casting aside its traditional image as a minor player in campaigns, the Republican Governors Association raised $8.5 million over the past three months and has now raked in $20 million in 2006 alone.

The RGA‘s haul from July 1 to Sept. 30 eclipsed the group‘s previous three–month fundraising >>>



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