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December 31, 2004

Kenyans win International Race of São Silvestre

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Kenyans win International Race of São Silvestre

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Friday, December 31, 2004

São Paulo – Kenyan distance runners Robert Cheruyiot, 26, and Lydia Cheromei, 27, won the 80th annual International Race of São Silvestre (Saint Silvester) in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Cheruyiot won the men’s race for the second time while Cheromei won the women’s race for the third time.

The first race of São Silvestre occurred on Dec. 31, 1924. Since then, the race occurs every year always on the last day of the year. The 15 KM (9,321 miles) course is by the streets of the city of São Paulo and the start and the arrival occurs at Paulista Avenue, a famous street. The competition is part of the Official Calendar of the International Association of Athletics Federations(IAAF) and the Association of International Marathons and Road Races(AIMS).

The race name is a homage to Saint Silvester, a catholic saint who died in December 31, 335. Saint Silvester was pope during years 314 through 335. During his government the Christian religion became the official religion of the Roman Empire under the rule of Constantine the Great. This event was important for the Christians because they have been persecuted by the Roman Empire during 300 years and now they would have freedom to profess their religion without been in risk of been arrested or convicted to death by the government.

For the 2004 race, the number of participants was about 15 thousand, with 13 thousand men and 2 thousand women. The majority of athletes were from Brazil but others came from other countries including Argentina, Australia, Sweden, the United States, Switzerland, Germany, Chile, Finland, Portugal, Luxemburg, Bolivia, Canada, South Korea, France, England, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.

The women’s race started at 3 p.m.(local time) while the men’s race started two hours later.

Final ranking of Top 5 finishers

Men

Place Country Name Time(h:min:s)
1 Kenya Robert Cheruyiot 00:44:43
2 Australia Sisay Bezabeh 00:45:06
3 Kenya Stephen Biwot 00:45:28
4 Kenya Benson Barus 00:45:34
5 Brazil Clodoaldo Gomes da Silva 00:45:41

Women

Place Country Name Time(h:min:s)
1 Kenya Lydia Cheromei 00:53:01
2 Brazil Lucélia de Oliveira Peres 00:54:18
3 Brazil Adriana Aparecida da Silva 00:54:20
4 Kenya Peninah Cheruto Limakori 00:55:11
5 Brazil Marily dos Santos 00:55:36

Sources

  1. Corrida Internacional de São Silvestre website.
  2. Queniano conquista o bi na São Silvestre” — Lance Press, December 31, 2004
  3. Cheruiyot vence no masculino e garante dobradinha ao Quênia na São Silvestre” — Agência Folha(AF), December 31, 2004
  4. Cheromei vence São Silvestre pela 3ª vez” — Agência Estado(AE), December 31, 2004
  5. Cultural Calender” — Anhembi Turismo e Eventos da Cidade de São Paulo, December 31, 2004


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Digest/26December2004

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Digest/26December2004

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Friday, December 31, 2004

Digest for 26-31 December 2004

14 December-25 December 2004 • Index • 1-10 January 2005

Articles dated 26 to 31 December 2004 are included in the compilation below.

Articles

‘Fockers’ set to meet another weekend title
31 December 2004
With no new wide releases, last weekend’s films are set to rule U.S. and Canadian box office receipts once again.

Exeem Annonunced To Be Successor Of Suprnova
31 December 2004
Announced yesterday on Novastream, there will be a Suprnova successor “apparently”.

NASA: Hope’s Raised For Shuttle Flight Again Soon
31 December 2004
NASA plans to spend $612 million repairing the space shuttle system.

Linux fifth most searched tech word on Google in 2004
30 December 2004
SCO number one most searched company name.

Double car bombing attack in Mosul kills 26
30 December 2004
Twenty-five insurgents and 1 U.S. soldier dead, 15 U.S. troops injured in frontal assault.

False tsunami alert in India
30 December 2004
Citizens flee.

Gregoire wins Washington state’s closest ever governor’s race
30 December 2004
Republican candidate asks for new election.

Democrats ask GAO for election review
30 December 2004
House of Representatives seeks to investigate the facts behind widespread reports of voting irregularities.

South American Community of Nations announced at Third South American Summit
30 December 2004
South American nations have begun the creation of an international economic and legislative bloc.

Time Warner, Sprint close to mobile pact
29 December 2004
Company would be able to offer voice, video, Internet and mobile services.

Tsunami toll passes 80,000 people as relief effort continues
29 December 2004
Relief agencies expect number to rise further.

Republicans Subpoenaed in Ohio Recount
29 December 2004
Ohio Republican Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell refused to appear for the deposition.

Asian earthquake toll nears 60,000
28 December 2004
Countries bury the dead as threat of disease looms.

Connecticut Serial Killer Competent- Waives Further Appeals
28 December 2004
Serial killer Michael Ross told a judge that he wants to die.

Security firm identifies United States as world’s top spamming country
28 December 2004
42% originates in the U.S.

Drug-dealers war in Rio de Janeiro
27 December 27 2004
In 2 days 11 people were killed in Rio de Janeiro in gang turf fights between drug dealers.

Yushchenko claims victory in re-run
27 December 27 2004
Ukrainian pro-government candidate refuses to accept outcome.

U.S. and U.K. governments warn citizens against travelling to areas hit by tsunamis
27 December 2004
U.S. travel advisories to last at least one month.

Drug-dealers war in Rio de Janeiro
27 December 2004
Gang drug turf wars leave 11 dead.

Strongest earthquake in 40 years hits Southeast Asia
26 December 2004
The magnitude 9.0 quake rocked the Indian Ocean off Sumatra, setting off tsunami waves.

Australians fast over 2004 Xmas in empathy with detainees
26 December 2004
Members of the public, celebrities and politicians have been fasting in empathy with Iranian asylum seekers.

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Actor Jerry Orbach dead at age 69

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Actor Jerry Orbach dead at age 69

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New York City – Actor Jerry Orbach died in his home in Manhattan at age 69. Orbach was a staple of American cinema, stage and television, with his most recent role being in the NBC police drama “Law and Order.”

Orbach is survived by his wife of 25 years, Elaine Cancilla, and his two sons Anthony and Christopher.

Biography

Orbach was born in the tough Bronx borough of New York City in 1935 to a family of entertainers. His father Leon Orbach was an vaudeville actor and his mother Emily Orbach was a radio singer and greeting card writer.

The family moved often to keep up with travelling Vaudeville acts, but eventually settled in Waukegan Illinois where Orbach played football at the local high school. After graduation, Orbach got a summer job at the Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling doing odd jobs ranging from stagecraft to small acting parts in plays.

He then studied drama at the University of Illinois before transferring to Northwestern where he studied the Stanislavsky Method of drama acting. In 1955, Orbach dropped out of college and moved to New York City where he got a job as an understudy in The Threepenny Opera.

Orbach continued to work in theater, eventually earning roles in broadway musicals, but by 1961 had grown dissatisfied with being typecast as a musical actor. He tried briefly to break into film without success, and eventually returned to broadway where he earned numerous accolades for his roles in such musicals as “Guys and Dolls” and “Chicago”.

Orbach finally broke into television in the 1980s as a recurring character in shows such as the mystery-drama “Murder She Wrote” and the hit sitcom “Golden Girls”.

He earned the lead role as the title character in his own short-lived series “The Law and Harry McGraw”, a spinoff of “Murder She Wrote”. Orbach also scored key roles in a few Hollywood films, including the action thriller “F/X”, and the dance-musical hit “Dirty Dancing”, but continued to find his mainstay in television crime dramas.

In 1990, he picked up a role in the new NBC crime drama “Law and Order” as the acerbic-witted Lennie Briscoe, a role which soon become a regular job. Orbach continued in this role in addition to movie roles and occasional musical appearances until his death this last week.

Battle with Cancer

Orbach was diagnosed with Prostate cancer in Spring of 2004, a fact he kept private until November when he checked into New York’s Memorial Sloan-Ketting Cancer Center for treatment. In spite of the aggressive nature of the treatment, he died on the evening of December 28.

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Indian Ocean Earthquake

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Indian Ocean Earthquake

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Friday, December 31, 2004

Indian Ocean – Over 116,000 are reported dead in the coastal areas of Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and many other regions, following a magnitude 9.0 quake, and the massive tsunami which wiped out entire coastlines.

  • U.N. Secretary General calls Asian quake/tsunami “unprecedented disaster”, calls for international help.
  • NY Times calls promised U.S. aid packages “stingy”.
  • Recent update of the original story
  • Listing of Tsunami Help pages

Earlier reporting

Tsunami toll passes 80,000 people as relief effort continues
29 December 2004
The death toll from the earthquake and tsunamis that has hit countries in Asia and Eastern Africa continues to rise, passing 80,000 people according to reports from several news agencies.

Asian earthquake toll nears 60,000
28 December 2004
The toll from the recent earthquake and tsunami disaster that affected coasts of a dozen Asian and African nations has risen to nearly 60,000 people reported dead.

U.S. and U.K. governments warn citizens against travelling to areas hit by tsunamis
27 December 2004
The U.S. State Department issued public travel warnings, advising United States citizens to avoid travelling to areas affected by the recent Indian Ocean earthquake and the resulting tsunamis.

Strongest earthquake in 40 years hits Southeast Asia
26 December 2004 (Updated 31 December 2004)
Indian Ocean – A magnitude 9.0 undersea megathrust earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia on December 26, 2004, at 00:58:50 UTC (or 07:58:50 local time in Jakarta and Bangkok).


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Americans contribute to relief effort

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Friday, December 31, 2004

While complaints about the ‘miserly’ generosity of the Bush Administration have surfaced in recent days, donations and actions at the grassroots level have quietly illustrated the concern and sympathy felt by ordinary Americans.

On Monday of this week, Jan Egeland, the UN’s chief of emergency relief said that rich nations like the U.S. were being “stingy” by making small contributions. Egeland later recanted his statement, adding that America’s contributions to Asia’s tsunami relief was “one of the most generous pledges so far.”

The Bush administration has pledged $350 million in aid for the relief effort. Critics have been quick to compare this to the $177 million spent every day in Iraq to conduct war in that country. In comparison, there was a $500 million pledge made recently by the government of Japan.

Independently of the government, individual Americans have been directly contributing money to aid organizations. Amazon.com placed a link for the American Red Cross, collecting more than $8 million from 100,000 people as of Friday, December 31st. 12,000 donors have donated over $1.2 million to the Red Cross through Yahoo.com.

Scores of International aid organizations are accepting donations for helping victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Many major companies including Apple Computer, Microsoft, Cisco, eBay, Google, and AOL are helping enable donations through the web.

Sources

Related pages

  • 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Wikinews’ special report on the issue.
  • Tsunami Help Wikinews’ portal for information for and of the relief effort.
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Tsunami Help/Aid Agencies/Middle East

Friday, December 31, 2004 WARNING: Due to the Wikinews’s open and collaborative nature, it cannot guarantee the veracity of outside links or the absence of possible scams involving charities, thus the potential danger of fraud exists. In particular, beware of bogus organizations that have names similar to those of well-known aid agencies. Also beware of unsolicited emails that ask for your donation online. For those who want to make a donation, the most secure channels are established web sites and well-publicized telephone hotlines.

Dubai

  • Red Cresent Dubai – 04 2614800. Call Ashraf 050/5535231 to drop clothes/medicine to his place

MSF – 04 3458177 http://www.msfuae.ae. They are currently accepting only money.

  • Collection Centers in Dubai

Dubai Aid City collection Centre, 2nd floor, Al Attar Business Tower, Kenda House, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Balaji Shipping is arranging to send containers with relief material to Chennai and Colombo shortly. Please hurry and collect the relief materials and deliver it to: Ruby Cargo (warehouse) Near Mazrani Marble Ware House, Rashidiya,Dubai. Time of collection——-8.00 to 1.00 p.m.———-4.00 to 9.00 p.m.

  • The Dubai Aid Centre

Collection of blankets, clothes, shoes and money for the South East Asia victims. The collection point is: Dubai Aid Centre 2nd Floor Al Attar Business Centre Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai Tel: +971-4-367-1199 Mobile: +971-50-553-5640 Mobile: +971-50-7994195 link – [1]

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December 30, 2004

Gregoire wins Washington state\’s closest ever governor\’s race

Gregoire wins Washington state’s closest ever governor’s race

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Olympia, Washington – After two machine counts and a manual recount, Secretary of State Sam Reed declared Democrat Christine Gregoire the governor-elect of Washington State.

However, this result was contested by Republican Dino Rossi, who is asking for a new election.

This election was the closest in state history. In the first count, Dino Rossi won by 261 votes. Under state law, this is considered “too close to call” and a recount is required. After this first recount, Rossi’s lead was shortened to 42 votes. Because this was even closer, Gregoire and other Democrats raised approximately $800,000 to hold a statewide manual recount. She won this by only 129 votes, out of a total of 2.8 million.

To ensure fairness and accuracy in the hand recount, teams of Republican and Democratic counters worked together in the counting. They were watched over by observers, who were free to stop the count if they had a question or concern.

Rossi has threatened on several occasions to file a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court. He also has asked Gregoire to agree to a runoff election.

“This ain’t golf,” Gregoire’s spokesman said. “No mulligans allowed here, folks.”

Any runoff election would have to be approved by the Legislature, which is controlled by the Democrats.

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Linux fifth most searched tech word on Google in 2004

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Linux fifth most searched tech word on Google in 2004

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Mountain View, California – According to Google’s 2004 Year-End Google Zeitgeist report, Linux scored fifth on a list of most-searched technology terms, beating out all other operating systems. Linux was the No. 4 technology search term on Google in 2002.

This ranking follows a banner year for the community-built operating system. The 2.6 kernel, deemed the first enterprise-level release of the software, became available for users in 2004 and made significant inroads into the enterprise computing industry. The IDC recently reported a prediction that the worldwide market revenue for Linux will exceed $35 billion by 2008.

“SCO” was the No. 1 company query for 2004 in Google’s report. High-profile lawsuits by SCO against IBM and other companies for alleged copyright or patent infringement were filed and dominated Linux news throughout the year.

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Double car bombing attack in Mosul kills 26

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Double car bombing attack in Mosul kills 26

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Mosul – With a Friday dump truck car bombing that left a massive crater and many dead, Iraqi insurgents frontally assaulted U.S. troops in Mosul, Iraq. Initial reports showed 25 Iraqis and one U.S. soldier dead. (As of this writing, additional information on the bombing was expected.)

Sophisticated attack

Attacking a soldier on patrol close to a U.S. outpost, the insurgents had two bomb vehicles. The first bomb attack was designed to draw out U.S. support troops while the second bomb vehicle in conjunction with mortars and rockets was intended to overrun the American outpost.

As reinforcements arrived, U.S. forces came under automatic weapon and rocket-propelled grenade fire, Staff Sgt. Don Dees, a military spokesman, said.

The Americans suffered approximately 15 U.S. casualties in addition to the dead before U.S. air strikes forced the insurgents to retreat, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Hastings, U.S. military spokesman said.

Lack of control in Mosul

Mosul is Iraq’s third-largest city and has become a hotbed of insurgent activity in the past several months. The U.S. military has conceded it is not in control of some parts of Mosul and plans to send more troops for the upcoming election scheduled for Jan. 30.

This latest clash comes as the U.S. has begun a new push in the so-called “triangle of death” south of the capital, attempting to secure the region in the lead-up to the elections.

References

Lourdes Garcia Navarro. “Car Bomb in Mosul Kills U.S. Solider, 25 Insurgents” — National Public Radio, December 30, 2004 Maher al-Thanoon. “US Soldier, 25 Rebels Killed in Mosul Battle” — Reuters, December 30, 2004 Slobodan Lekic. “25 Insurgents Killed After Attack in Mosul” — Associated Press, Thu Dec 30, 9:00 AM ET Associated Press. “U.S. forces kill 25 insurgents in Mosul” — MSNBC News, 11:25 a.m. ET Dec. 30, 2004


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Democrats ask GAO for election review

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Democrats ask GAO for election review

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Washington, D.C. – House Democrats called for an investigation into possible voting fraud and irregularities during the 2004 U.S. presidential election, according to a Dec. 23 letter from House Representative David Wu (D-OR).

Thousands of Ohio citizens have reported experiencing problems casting their votes due to long lines at polling places, malfunctioning voting machines, inexplicable numbers of votes cast, and disenfranchisement in urban areas.

“The integrity of our democracy is at stake. We need to give the American people confidence that each and every vote will be properly counted and that the democratic electoral process is respected,” Wu said. “I also understand concerns about the conflict of interest of having an official in charge of running elections in a key state also heading a presidential campaign. I agree that Ohio Secretary of State Blackwell’s dual role calls into question any election decision he made that favored Republicans.”

Other Congressmen including John Conyers (D-MI), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Robert Wexler (D-FL) voiced similar concerns, and requested an investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), citing specific cases in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and California.

In December, Conyers, the Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on the Judiciary, issued a series of letters about voting irregularities to the media, campaign officials, and manufacturers of voting equipment. These letters seek to collect and preserve information regarding the conduct of the election.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office previously reported on voting irregularities in eariler presidential elections.

A September 14, 2004 GAO report on the 2000 presidential elections detailed changes the DOJ implemented to try to ensure voter access to polls, and the importance of monitoring election-day activities. The report warned that allegations in the 2000 election lacked sufficient specifics to enable the DOJ to perform and adequate investigation and recommended that more precise information be collected regarding voting for the 2004 presidential election.

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