Friday, July 31, 2009
BAGHDAD, July 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. military did major damage to the site of one of the wonders of the ancient world while turning it into a base and guarding it, a U.N. report says.
The site of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon was converted into Camp Alpha shortly after the U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq in 2003. UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency. said troops and contractors dug, cut, scraped and leveled the area while revamping the site to meet military standards, CNN reported.
The site, an hour's drive south of Baghdad on the banks of the Euphrates River, dates to ancient Mesopotamia.The gardens were built for his wife by Nebuchadnezzar.
The report said key structural damage was inflicted on the Ishtar Gate and the Processional Way and other areas. The gate, an entrance to the northern part of the city, is decorated with animals that portray the symbol of the god of Babylon, nine of which were damaged.
A military spokeswoman said the Babylon site was originally occupied in April, 2003, with a purpose. among others, of protecting it from looting.
The United States has agreed to pay $800,000 to help rehabilitate the Babylon site, an Iraqi official said.
ABERDEEN, Scotland, July 31 (UPI) -- The owner of a Scottish eatery formerly known as the Earl of Sandwich said he has received a demand for legal expenses from a descendant of the original earl.
Neil Corall told The Scotsman he changed the name of his Aberdeen sandwich shop to "E.A.R.L. on the Green" after he received a notice the original one was already taken. John Montagu, the 11th earl, has a chain in the United States named the Earl of Sandwich.
The fourth earl, also named John Montagu, who lived in the 18th century, gave his title to the sandwich. The story goes that he was an enthusiastic card player and adopted the habit of eating meat between two pieces of bread so he could stay at the card table instead of the dinner table.
The earl was also first Lord of the Admiralty and a patron of Capt. James Cook, who named the chain now known as Hawaii the Sandwich Islands in his honor.
Corall said he has no problem with the earl's demand to change his restaurant's name. But he thinks the demand for 3,500 pounds (almost $5,800) in legal costs and damages is "heavy-handed."
"Personally, I feel the legal costs they were asking for were unnecessary, because they could have just picked up the phone and brought this to my attention," he said.
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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Published: July 29, 2009 at 11:59 PM
WORCESTER, Mass., July 29 (UPI) -- A baby cut from the womb of a slain Massachusetts woman was found alive in New Hampshire Wednesday night, police said.
Julie A. Corey, the suspect in the killing of the pregnant woman, was taken into custody in Plymouth, N.H., where she was found with the baby and a male companion, The Boston Globe reported.
The baby, a girl, appeared to be in "fairly good health," and was being evaluated at a New Hampshire hospital, WCVB-TV, Boston, reported.
The body of the victim, Darlene Haynes, 23, was discovered in her Worcester, Mass., apartment Monday, wrapped in a comforter in the closet, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported Wednesday. She was eight months pregnant.
The exact cause of death had not been determined pending toxicology results, but Worcester police Detective Capt. Edward McGinn Jr. said the autopsy determined Haynes suffered head injuries.
WCVB quoted police as saying they were led to Corey because she told friends she had just had a baby.
"Friends became concerned about how she got home so early after giving birth," said Worcester police Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst.
Corey was being held in New Hampshire on fugitive from justice charges, the television station reported. She may face murder charges in Massachusetts, police said.