General News Archive - September 27, 2008

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - The Mets dropped the opener of the final regular-season series in Shea Stadium and fell behind in the National League playoff race, as Marlins rookie Chris Volstad threw six effective innings to lead Florida to a 6-1 victory over New York.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "'Chinese Taikonaut Greets Nation, World in First Spacewalk'"] BEIJING, Sept.

Astronaut Zhai Zhigang became the first Chinese man to walk in space Saturday, clambering out of a spacecraft and waving a Chinese flag.

By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and David Espo Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration and Congress anxiously revived negotiations Friday on a $700 billion financial bailout, one day after the largest bank collapse in U.S. history provided a brutal reminder of the risks of failure.

Text of report by Saudi-owned leading pan-Arab daily Al-Sharq al- Awsat website on 26 September [Articlde by Ilyas Hanna from Beirut: "Damascus between the strategy of the shield and the strategy of the sword."] To understand the reasons for the Syrian deployment on Lebanon's northern borders, we should first determine the features of the Syrian political trends, particularly during the period of the rule of the late President Hafiz al-Asad.


Policing is dangerous work, and the danger lurks not on the streets alone.

Tropical Storm Kyle was approaching hurricane status as it passed west of Bermuda Saturday, officials said. A tropical storm warning remained in effect as the storm passed the island, CNN reported.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A spokeswoman for screen legend Paul Newman says the actor has died at age 83. Spokeswoman Marni Tomljanovic says Newman died Friday of cancer. No other details were immediately available.

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Shay Hodge's 86-yard touchdown reception and Kentrell Lockett's blocked extra point late in the contest were the difference as Ole Miss upended fourth-ranked Florida, 31-30, in an SEC tussle.

Word of the Day
  • An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.
The word 'dittany' may come from the name of Mount Diktē in Crete, where it was supposed to grow.