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The stainless steel commode and a reinforced steel door have been removed from the cell where the dictator spent two years before his 2006 execution and is destined for a military police museum in the United States.

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The villa where American troops built a maximum-security jail for Saddam and his henchman Chemical Ali sits on a U.S. complex near Baghdad’s airport known as Victory Base, which is scheduled to be handed over to Iraq’s government in December as U.S. forces withdraw completely by year’s end.

Surrounded by 42 km (27 miles) of blast walls and razor wire, Victory, the largest of the 505 bases the U.S. military once operated in Iraq, housed over 40,000 soldiers and up to 25,000 workers. Only 4,000 troops remain there.

From a peak of around 170,000, Washington has 31,000 troops remaining in Iraq, at 12 bases. President Barack Obama’s October 21 announcement that all the remaining forces would leave by year-end kicked the withdrawal into high gear.

The palaces that once housed the U.S. war command, modeled on France’s Versailles and scattered around a series of interconnected, man-made lakes, are being emptied save for Saddam’s French provincial furniture.

The Burger King, Subway and other iconic American restaurants that catered to hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers at the dusty complex are closed.

At the faux-elegant al-Faw Palace, where marble floors and walls are trimmed with cheap gypsum fashioned to look like pricey stone, the stadium-tiered war ops room where orders were handed out is dark and empty of phones and computers.

General Lloyd Austin vacated the U.S. commander’s palace in September to move to the U.S. Embassy on the banks of the Tigris.

U.S. officials said they are leaving behind improvements valued at more than $100 million on Victory base, including buildings, water tanks, generators and other equipment.

Behind a steel drawbridge and across a short causeway on an island, the maximum-security villa where Saddam and Chemical Ali were imprisoned — known simply as Building 114 — appears a bombed-out wreck.

A section of roof has toppled, the walls bear bombing scars and the swimming pool is empty and littered with debris.

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“What you wanted to do was to ensure that no attempts were made to break Chemical Ali or Saddam Hussein out of jail.”

Electricity to the building has been cut off. Flashlights reveal wires dangling overhead and ceiling tiles broken on the floor. Saddam’s interrogation room is next to his cell.

Saddam was jailed at the villa from 2004-06; his cousin Ali Hassan al-Majeed, known as Chemical Ali, from 2004-08, officials said.

Pointing the way to Saddam’s 8×20 foot windowless living space are the words “Saddam Hussein Detention Cell” in black print on a single sheet of white paper stuck to a wall. His guards put a sign reading “Door No: 13″ above the cell’s entry.

Chemical Ali’s standard-issue combination toilet-sink is still in place but Saddam’s was removed in August, Brooks said.

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Out back is a concrete-walled exercise yard enclosed with chain-link fence at the top where Saddam and Chemical Ali were allowed an hour a day of sunshine, not at the same time.

Wooden planters where the men grew vegetables are still there, earth baked hard and littered with cigarette butts.

Among Saddam’s treasures on the Victory grounds are his Victory Over America palace, celebrating the Gulf War in which U.S. forces drove Iraq out of Kuwait, and the Victory Over Iran palace commemorating the 1980s campaign against his neighbor.

In many of the buildings, Saddam’s initials are etched in the walls or worked into wrought-iron window grills.

“For me, as a historian, someone who puts his initials on everything borders on megalomania,” Brooks said.

Develop for the Blue Ocean

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But numbers also means another problem for developers. Getting their apps enough exposure. Established platforms like the Android and Apple iOS has also drawn a large pool of developers to them, each churning out their own apps at superhuman rates. The Android Marketplace now boast about 250,000 apps while Apple has more than 350,000 apps in the app store (based on the Silicon Alley infographic for March 2011).

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Barbara Steinmetz, Brenda Aarons, Margie Johnson and Gabriella (who asked that her last name not be used) met several months ago next door at the Long Beach Library, where they took a beginners class on the game that originated in China about 2,000 years ago.

For Johnson, a retired legal secretary and Long Beach resident for 25 years, it was her first introduction to mahjong.

“It was just time for me to learn how to play the game,” she said. “I now have the time since I no longer have to work.”

But Linda Diamond, who did not take the beginners class but joined later, returned to the game that she played 40 years ago, after it was first introduced to the United States from Shanghai during the 1920s and became extremely popular among middle- and upper-middle class Jewish women.

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Mahjong is a skill game that requires four players, but can sometimes rotate out to five, and it calls for strategy and calculation similar to gin rummy, yet also involves a certain degree of chance.

“I like the challenge of the game” said Steinmetz, a Lido Beach resident and retired graphic designer, who recalled watching her mother play when she was a child growing up in Brooklyn.

The game is played with 152 tiles that are based on Chinese characters and symbols. The first person to place a winning tile in their hand that matches the hand that they are playing on the National Mahjong league’s card wins the game.

“The hands are very complicated,” Steinmetz said.

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Microsoft Redials Windows Phone Sales Pitch

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A year ago, Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 with considerable fanfare about how its new mobile OS was the only player in the market that was truly different from the iPhone and Apple-inspired rivals like Google Android.

Instead of a screen full of tiny icons, Windows Phone offered a simplified interface based on so-called Live Tiles–blocks of GUI real estate that feed real-time information from apps directly to the home screen.

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At a launch event Monday for several new devices, which was capped by a 55-foot Windows Phone occupying New York City’s Herald Square, Windows Phone group president Andy Lees said promotional efforts around Windows Phone will,All people Wholesale Marble Baroque Tile For Countertops ship going forward, focus more on building buzz around particular devices rather than the OS itself, and will be spread out over the coming months.

“The way we’re doing this is very different from the way we did launches last year,” said Lees. “Last year it was all focused on a single day and a set of phones that were available on that day. This time around you’ll see phones coming out over the next several months from different manufacturers in different parts of the world.”

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The Samsung Focus S packs a 1.4-GHz Snapdragon chip, a sizeable 4.3-inch AMOLED Plus display, and an 8-MP camera, among other high-end features. It’s available from AT&T for $199, with a two-year contract. Its more budget-minded cousin, the Samsung Focus Flash, also carries the 1.4-GHz Snapdragon, but offers a smaller, 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, 8 GB of storage, and 5-MP camera. The Focus Flash is $49, with contract.

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The trouble with Scrabble-tile keyboards

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People complain about Sony’s after-sales service, and this is certainly something I’ve experienced. The company seems to treat laptops much like TVs or Blu-ray players – when a new version of Windows comes out you’ll be lucky to find support for it, and if it goes wrong and you send it to one of the company’s workshops (located somewhere on the European mainland), they’ll sit on it for a month then send it back with the fault uncorrected. I have the T-shirt, but I continue to go back…

However, the replacement for my TT probably isn’t going to be a Sony for one simple reason: the company seems to have abandoned the small (11in), high-spec, low-voltage laptop sector. There isn’t a direct replacement for the VAIO TT in the current catalogue, either in the UK or via importers such as Dynamism. There’s the Z Series of course, but at 13in that’s a fair bit bigger.

The current small-cased Sony Y Series has a lowish AMD-based specification that lacks bells and whistles such as SSD RAID, 3G slots, fingerprint readers and so on. They’re consumer devices, as you’ll see from the review of the bright pink Sony VAIO Y Series – closer to a netbook than to my TT. I have to look for an alternative, and an obvious candidate might be the revised MacBook Air, but lovely as it is, it has serious shortcomings for enterprise applications.

Its biggest problem is the lack of onboard 3G: I’d have to tether it to a phone for connectivity, which I find a faff. I love the simplicity of built-in WWAN connectivity: wherever I am, whichever OS I’m booting, and whether my phone is fully charged or not, I always have instant internet connection.

Water contamination puzzles town authorities

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Federal environmental regulators have joined an investigation into drinking water supplies tainted by elevated levels of a chemical used to make plastic products.

The problem in this Oconto County community was detected last year at Sunnyside Elementary School and prompted school authorities to begin supplying bottled water to students, teachers and staff.

But tests this summer showed that the same contaminant was turning up in private homeowner wells, leading investigators to question whether the situation was more widespread.

Although officials say there is no health hazard to Chase residents, a chemical commonly known as DEHP has been detected at the school and elsewhere at more than six times the maximum level permitted by federal law.

What is most perplexing to investigators is that they can find no nearby factory, landfill or other operation that might represent a source.

“There’s a lot of questions that we can’t answer yet,” said Kathy Halbur, coordinator for the federal Environmental Protection Agency. “But we’re working very hard to figure out what’s going on.”

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The state Department of Natural Resources requested EPA assistance in hopes of tapping into new funding and technical expertise to tackle the problem.

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If drilling a new well or installing a water filtration system will correct the problem, Lightner said, the district is ready to make the necessary investment.

“We’re not afraid to spend money to solve this problem,” he said. “I don’t care what it costs. We’re going to get it fixed.”

The contaminant, officially known as Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, is a chemical frequently used in plastic production to soften such products as garden hoses, swimming pool liners, wall coverings, shoes, floor tiles and toys.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, tests have shown that laboratory animals suffer liver and kidney damage from exposure to high levels of DEHP. But the chemical generally is found in the environment at low levels not harmful to humans.

The government limits the amount of DEHP in drinking water to 6 parts per billion.

Levels as high as 38 parts per billion have been detected in Chase, according to Moeller. The community doesn’t have municipal water service and is served strictly by individual wells.

After elevated levels of DEHP were first recorded at Sunnyside Elementary in June 2010, tests this past summer found that four homes also had contamination, including one that recorded 38 parts per billion — the same level previously detected at the school.

Other homes have shown no sign of contamination.

“The results are really jumping around,” Moeller said. “That’s kind of another part of the mystery.”

Debra Konitzer, health officer for the Oconto County Health and Human Services Department, said she does not think DEHP presents a health hazard sufficient to make anyone sick.

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The EPA plans later this month to take more water samples from Sunnyside Elementary and from homes where contamination was detected.

Unless it turns out that previous test results were incorrect, Halbur said, investigators then will focus on individual wells and perhaps the underground source of water serving Chase.

Holding fast

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It’s 67 stone steps up a hill beneath shade trees and across a busy intersection to the gate of the three-story building where Sayed Musa lives in a two-room apartment with his family of eight. I ring the bell and someone buzzes me in.

In the hallway I’m greeted by smiling children and ushered into a bright kitchen where the white tiles shine and the counter is clean and cleared like you see only in glossy magazines. At a flat-screen television two children are watching an episode of Alias. Then from the bedroom emerges Musa himself, wearing a pressed shirt over creased khakis, looking thin but nothing like the man many of us came to know a year ago. Then Musa’s home was a prison in downtown Kabul. Our meeting marks the first time the Christian convert, 46, has met with a reporter to tell his story since gaining freedom and finding himself in a new, undisclosed location outside Afghanistan.

Musa’s story made headlines and stirred officials worldwide last year after agents from Afghanistan’s National Security Directorate (akin to the CIA) jailed him for converting from Islam to Christianity. His is a penetrating study of the persecution of converts from Islam—often labeled apostates under Islamic law who can be put to death—as churches and faith-based organizations highlight the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Nov. 13.

Musa was one of several Christians arrested in May 2010, following the nationwide broadcast of a videotape showing an Afghan-American and others baptizing Afghans. The videotape turned out to be two years old, but a parliamentary election campaign was on, and Nasto Nadiri, host of a Noorin TV show that first aired the clips, was running for a seat. Taking a stand against Christians and the West was a way to stake a position against the Karzai government and its supporting parties.

The television station announced it would take evidence of Christian evangelism to parliament, and Karzai’s allies took the bait: Abdul Sattar Khawasi, deputy secretary of the lower house, said all Afghan nationals who converted to Christianity should be publicly executed. Karzai spokesman Waheed Omar ordered authorities to draw up a list of foreign organizations working in Afghanistan to investigate possible Christian activity.

Throughout June and July, 13 mostly faith-based organizations—many with longstanding humanitarian work in Afghanistan—had their offices and in some cases homes of workers visited and records searched by security officers. The government ultimately cleared them.

Up to 25 Christians were jailed then released, locals said, but no one knew what had become of Musa. For two months authorities handed out no notice of his arrest or charges against him. His wife didn’t learn of his whereabouts until an inmate released from the same jail visited her with news of her husband. She saw him for the first time following his arrest on July 27.Wide Range of Wholesale Rock Porcelain Tiles For Countertops sets

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MasterCard issues local security alert

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Last week, customers of Bank Iowa in Clarinda were notified of a potential security breach involving unauthorized access to certain customers’ confidential information.

No information was stolen, but the bank was not taking any chances with its customers’ information.

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“This involved only debit card accounts. We received information that there was a possibility information had been compromised,” Baier said in a separate interview. “It could have affected multiple banks; we just don’t know. We were provided specific account numbers, and we sent a letter to each one.”

Baier indicated the compromise occurred with the data processor, not with Bank Iowa, and that the confidential information for all other accounts at the Clarinda bank is still safe. Bank president John Krummel said the data processor was MasterCard.

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The report states that the MasterCard Fraud Management department has been notified of a security breach of a U.S. merchant’s network. A data security firm has been engaged to conduct an onsite forensic investigation. This alert discloses the payment account numbers of MasterCard accounts that were potentially exposed to compromise.

Preliminary investigations indicate that magnetic stripe data is at risk.

This alert contains account numbers used in transactions at the subject merchant from Nov. 2, 2010, through April 20.

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“In most cases of merchant data breaches that may affect some of our debit cardholders, we are not informed of who the specific merchant is that had the data breach, other than they are a MasterCard merchant,” Krummel said. “We are not required to take action based on this notice, but in the best interest of our customers, we have taken proactive measures to issue them new cards at no cost to them to ensure they are protected from potential fraud due to this merchant data breach.”

Other banks in Clarinda said they were not notified for any security compromise.

Baier said the compromise does not mean identities were stolen, but those who were impacted will need to be more watchful. Some of the tips his letter to Bank Iowa customers outlined were:

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Nutrition tips for menopause and beyond

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The menopausal years are a time of transition for women. There can be a lot of life changes happening as well as the physical ones. It is also a time when medical issues may begin to appear, owing to genetics and lifestyle habits.

Hormonal changes around menopause can have an impact on several body systems — especially the bones and cardiovascular system. If a woman has not been attentive to taking care of her health up until this point in time, now is the time to take action — remember, it is never too late to make improvements.

The research on both physical and mental health points toward exercise as being tremendously important. Cardiovascular exercise assists with weight control and brain function, as well as reducing the risk of medical issues such as type 2 diabetes, some cancers, high blood pressure, and abnormal blood lipids .

The recommended level of cardiovascular exercise for people at a healthy body weight with no medical issues, is 30 minutes most days. For weight loss or if the person has the medical issues noted above, the goal is 30-60 minutes most days. Obviously, the goal is to start out at a comfortable level of activity and gradually increase over time to eventually achieve these recommendations.

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With regard to diet, there are many nutrients associated with bone health. Some nutrients are structurally part of bone, while others are involved in the maintenance and repair processes. Calcium and vitamin D are important, but are not the only nutrients needed. This means just taking supplements of these is not enough, plus excessive amounts of supplemental calcium can increase the risk of kidney stones. A healthy diet can provide the wider range of nutrients and protein needed for bone health. Add a supplement only if you cannot get the recommended 1200-1500 mg/day of calcium from food and split each dose to < 500mg for best absorption.

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