Posted by Robert Ransdell on: 2010-07-16 03:34:06 in category: General [ Print]
ABC News' Luis Martinez reports: June was the worst month ever for Army suicides, according to Army figures released today that include suicides among active duty soldiers as well as inactive Guardsmen and Reservists .
There were 21 active duty Army suicides in the month of June and 11 on the inactive Guard and Reserve side, totaling 32 for the month. The 21 active duty suicides ties the monthly record set in January of 2009.
Earlier this month, Army officials had been encouraged by a 30 percent reduction in the number of suicides (through June 10) over last year’s record high of 162. However, the final monthly numbers released today indicate the 80 active duty suicides so far this year are on pace with last year’s numbers. There were 88 suicides through the first six months of last year.
Through the first half of this year, the number of inactive Guard and Reserve suicides stands at 65, which is 24 more than last year’s total for the whole year.
Despite this year’s trends, Army leaders say the programs they have instituted in recent years to prevent suicides in their ranks are having a positive impact. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/07/junes-record-number-of-army-suicides.html
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Univ. Of Texas Site Of Latest Concession To Diversity Mongers
Posted by Robert Ransdell on: 2010-07-16 03:26:25 in category: General [ Print]
AUSTIN, Texas – University of Texas regents agreed Thursday to strip the name of a former law school professor and early organizer of the Ku Klux Klan from a campus dormitory.
The dorm named after William Stewart Simkins will now be known as Creekside Residence Hall. The two-story brick building was constructed in the 1950s near Waller Creek.
The unanimous vote came after a motion from regent Printice Gary, who is African-American, to make the change.
"From time to time we are reminded of ugly periods in our nation's history regarding civil rights," Gary said. "The history behind the name is not in line with today's University of Texas and its core values."
Simkins, who was a Confederate colonel, helped organize the Klan in Florida after the Civil War. He taught law at Texas from 1899-1929 and gave speeches and wrote papers promoting the Klan and terrorizing blacks.
Regents also voted to change the name of Simkins Park, a small green space next to the dorm that had been named after Simkins' brother, Eldred Simkins, who also was involved with the Klan and served on the university board from 1882-1896. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100715/ap_on_re_us/us_texas_dorm_kkk
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King Arthur's Round Table Found At Site In Chester
Posted by Robert Ransdell on: 2010-07-16 03:06:53 in category: General [ Print]
Researchers exploring the legend of Britain’s most famous Knight believe his stronghold of Camelot was built on the site of a recently discovered Roman amphitheatre in Chester.
Legend has it that his Knights would gather before battle at a round table where they would receive instructions from their King.
But rather than it being a piece of furniture, historians believe it would have been a vast wood and stone structure which would have allowed more than 1,000 of his followers to gather.
Historians believe regional noblemen would have sat in the front row of a circular meeting place, with lower ranked subjects on stone benches grouped around the outside.
They claim rather than Camelot being a purpose built castle, it would have been housed in a structure already built and left over by the Romans.
Camelot historian Chris Gidlow said: “The first accounts of the Round Table show that it was nothing like a dining table but was a venue for upwards of 1,000 people at a time.
“We know that one of Arthur’s two main battles was fought at a town referred to as the City of Legions. There were only two places with this title. One was St Albans but the location of the other has remained a mystery.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7883874/Historians-locate-King-Arthurs-Round-Table.html