General News Archive - July 21, 2008


More than one U.S. soldier here feels he's fighting a forgotten war. That's changing -- suddenly, explosively -- as the seventh year of conflict approaches.

PHILADELPHIA _ I left the couch in disgust for the first time Sunday at about 9:26 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. That's when Greg Norman's second shot of the day at the British Open found a bunker as deep as a sinkhole.

By Frank Malley IN THE end it was the old, old story for Greg Norman. Unfortunately, not the one which would have made history by at 53 making him the oldest winner of a golfing major.

By Michael Silverman, Boston Herald Jul. 21--ANAHEIM -- About the only thing that went right for the Red Sox over the weekend was that nobody got hurt.


Recent evidence suggests that although the Iraqi military has made enormous progress, it is still dependent on small teams of American advisers who can rein in overly aggressive Iraqi commanders, call in U.S. airstrikes and help coordinate basic supplies such as food, rifle-cleaning kits and even printer cartridges.

By Alan Pattullo IT WASN'T meant to be like this at the projected dull, Tiger- less Open. But there we were, stumbling about the dunes and the gorse bushes, elbowing aside those meddlesome others with the same idea, in an effort to see unfold what some had branded the Greatest Sports Story Ever.

By Alan Gomez and Emily Bazar Nearly seven years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the first trial of those accused of plotting the attacks starts today when military officials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, select a jury to hear the case of Salim Hamdan.

By Kathy Kiely and Susan Page Barack Obama, whose long-shot White House bid was propelled by his early opposition to the invasion of Iraq, plans to visit U.S. forces there today on a high-stakes international tour that he portrays as a prelude to his presidency.

By Rick Jervis The slow-footed Tropical Storm Cristobal continued to dump rain on North Carolina's coastline Sunday, while the newly named Tropical Storm Dolly could intensify when it hits the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico today.

Zimbabwe's main opposition party is expected to sign an agreement with the country's ruling party in advance of another round of peace talks, officials said.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.