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11:05 AM ET, September 4, 2006

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Associated Press:
Stingray kills 'Crocodile Hunter' Irwin  —  CAIRNS, Australia - Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the "Crocodile Hunter," was killed Monday by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef.  He was 44.
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NEWS.com.au:
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin dead  —  THE Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, is dead.  —  He was killed in a freak accident in Cairns, police sources said today.  —  It is understood he was killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest and reportedly into his heart .
ABC News:
Irwin had little chance, expert says  —  Marine experts say television personality and naturalist Steve Irwin had little chance of surviving after being struck in the chest by a stingray's barb.  —  Forty-four-year-old Irwin died this morning in far north Queensland while filming for a marine documentary.
Discussion: Baseball Crank
ABC News:
Steve Irwin dead  —  The naturalist and television star Steve Irwin has died in a diving accident in far north Queensland.  He was 44.  —  Police say he was stung through the heart by a stingray while diving off Port Douglas.  —  He was filming a documentary when the accident occurred around midday AEST near the Low Isles.
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Sydney Morning Herald:
Steve Irwin killed by stingray  —  Television personality and environmentalist Steve Irwin has died from a stingray wound while filming off north Queensland.  —  Friends believe he may have died instantly when struck by a stingray as he filmed a sequence for his eight-year-old daughter Bindi's new TV series.
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin Killed By Stingray (UPDATED)
The Australian:
Biography: Steve Irwin
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Kim Priestap / Wizbang:
CROCODILE HUNTER STEVE IRWIN WAS KILLED
Discussion: Murdoc Online
New York Times:
G.O.P. Seen to Be in Peril of Losing House  —  After a year of political turmoil, Republicans enter the fall campaign with their control of the House in serious jeopardy, the possibility of major losses in the Senate, and a national mood so unsettled that districts once considered safely Republican …
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David Hammer / Associated Press:
Republican ads show distance from Bush  —  WASHINGTON - Republicans who were once cozy with President Bush are distancing themselves from both the president and their party in campaign ads.  —  Consider Rep. Deborah Pryce (news, bio, voting record), the fourth-ranking House Republican struggling …
Discussion: Buckeye State Blog and AMERICAblog
Jill Zuckman / Mercury News:   Rove's vision falling apart as mood turns against GOP
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Fixing A Broken Congress
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Democrats on a roll in battle for U.S. Congress
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Juan / Informed Comment:
Barzani Threatens Secession;  —  Sistani Aide Assassinated;  —  4 GIs Killed  —  Massoud Barzani reacted angrily to criticisms of him by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and many other Iraqi politicians for his call that the Iraqi flag not be flown in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and NewsHog
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Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
Attacking Inequality  —  Tax Reform Has the Greatest Potential To Narrow the Gap  —  By now almost everyone agrees that inequality is serious.  Economic growth no longer seems to help the majority of workers; the proceeds flow to the top fifth or so of the workforce, and the top within the top has done especially handsomely.
Steven Knipp / Washington Post:
A Different Face of Iran  —  Despite the Politics, an American Finds Hope in a Forbidden Land  —  As a journalist, I've spent considerable time over the years in places where America was not always popular.  In the bad old days, that meant Russia, China and Vietnam; more recently I've reported …
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khaleejtimes.ae:
US policies fuel terrorism: Khatami
Ynetnews:
Olmert: Unaware of deal to free Shalit  —  PM denies Arab reports of agreement to release kidnapped soldier within two days in exchange for 1,400 Palestinian prisoners  —  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert denied at the opening of hid briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday reports …
Discussion: TigerHawk
Times of London:
Caine hits out against today's 'banal' films  —  FILMS made today pale against cinema classics of the past because they are so lacking in dialogue, character and plot, Sir Michael Caine told The Times yesterday.  —  The Oscar-winning star has lost count of the number of times he has seen films …
John / blogenlust.net:
A LIST OF CAPTURED OR KILLED AL QAEDA IN IRAQ #2'S  —  I've tried to make it easier to list all of the al Qaeda in Iraq #2's I've been keeping track of for the last year.  Here's the complete list to the best of my knowledge.  As of today, there are 39.  —  Hamed Jumaa Farid al-Saeedi, aka Abu Humam, aka Abu Rana (9-3-06)
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BBC:   Iraq holds 'key al-Qaeda figure'
Daniel Pipes Weblog:
Al-Qaeda Invites Me to Join Its Ranks  —  In a statement today, Al-Qaeda's American rep, Adam Gadahn (né Adam Perlman, whom the FBI seeks "in connection with possible terrorist threats against the United States"), has this to say: … So, Al-Qaeda wants me and my "sword" (a reference …
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BBC:
Al-Qaeda calls on US to convert
Discussion: The American Street
Hindrocket / Power Line:
JOURNALISTS CHANGE STORY, ATTEMPT COMEBACK  —  The story of the alleged Israeli missile or rocket attack on two Red Cross ambulances was one of Hezbollah's decisive propaganda victories in the recent conflict in Lebanon.  It was reported, world-wide, that the Israelis had attacked …
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Sarah Smiles / The Age:   Ambulance attack evidence stands the test
 
 
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