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World’s hottest pepper now grown at UT Staff Reports The hottest pepper in the world has recently been included as a new crop at UT's Culinary Institute. The pepper, bhut jolokia, is deemed the hottest pepper in the world and can do more than just arouse taste buds. Bhut jolokia is a Thai pepper that has been known to cause severe responses by those who consume it, including heart attacks, if not prepared and served correctly. The severity of flavor is reinforced by signs in the culinary kitchen garden which warn people to not eat the peppers raw and denote their whereabouts to avoid any confusion. The particular area of the garden where the pepper resides has been deemed the Five Alarm Garden, because of its inclusion of other spicy food items including jalapeño, habaneros and many other hot peppers. All of the peppers are available for culinary students to use when preparing different dishes as a part of the Institute’s training program.

John Antun, assistant professor of retail, hospitality and tourism management and director of the Culinary Institute, can be credited with the creation of the Five Alarm Garden. Antun was first alerted to bhut jolokia by Annette Wszelaki, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and UT vegetable extension specialist. The Culinary Institute's 2-year-old kitchen garden is located outside the UT Visitors Center and is known for producing figs, carrots, blueberries, thyme, curly parsley and other ingredients that are used by the Culinary Institute's student chefs. UT's Culinary Institute program includes Antun, as well as other local chefs as instructors, and is offered by the Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management of UT's College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. The program consists of a 10-month intensive course, which prepares students to take the National Restaurant Association-approved exam.

Anyone with a high school diploma is allowed to participate in the program and is given a certificate of culinary arts and ServSafe food service. The Culinary Institute has announced it will be pairing with 50 students pursuing culinary arts from Pellissippi State Community College. The importance of having a kitchen garden on site is not missed by Antun and others involved with the program. “Students need to connect to the food in the ground, not only in a physical way, but a psychological way,” Antun said, according to a UT press release. “When you can fully understand it is when you can deal with it best.” Kitchen gardens reinforce the use of local foods, which can have many benefits. The miles that food travels is drastically reduced when grown and consumed locally, going from the garden to the table with little travel in between. Working with food from UT's kitchen garden not only unlocks environmental benefits, but it also allows the student chefs an opportunity to have a hands-on experience.

Islamist militants invade Somali hotel, target government officials Associated Press

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The UT Bookstore’s shelves have emptied during the first days of classes. Most used books are already sold, but students can still find their books for classes.

Body snatchers steal tomb remains, vandalize Long Island mausoleum Associated Press EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y.— Thieves vandalized mausoleums at a Catholic cemetery on Long Island and stole a woman's remains during an overnight break-in, police said Tuesday. The break-in happened at St. Charles Cemetery between 6:30 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, when a caretaker discovered the damage. Three mausoleums were entered and a casket was removed from one, Suffolk County Deputy Inspector Robert Brown said. He added that, while cemetery vandalism is a somewhat regular occurrence, he had only heard of a body being stolen once or twice in his 25-year career. “The removal of a body is very uncommon,” Brown said. Investigators believe the remains were not specifically targeted but said the culprits came prepared to break into a locked mausoleum. “They knew what they would face in order to open a casket,” Brown said. He declined to elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation. Because heavy marble slabs had to be moved in order to get to the casket, investigators believe

more than one suspect was involved, he said. Police believe the intruders likely hopped over a fence surrounding the sprawling cemetery. Relatives of the woman whose body was stolen have been notified, Brown said. He declined to identify the woman, who was interred about 12 years ago, or her family, but said she was not a public figure. “She was certainly significant to her family,” he added. He said cadaver dogs were deployed in the surrounding area in case the thieves decided to abandon the woman's remains. The cemetery, which opened in 1914, is operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. It is bordered by Republic Airport to the west and a number of other large cemeteries to the east. “It is incomprehensible that anyone would violate the sacred resting place of those that have passed from this world to eternal life,” diocesan spokesman Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington said in a statement. He added that Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has reached out to immediate family members of the woman to express his “profound sorrow and solidarity in this painful time.”

MOGADISHU, Somalia— Islamist militants wearing Somali military uniforms stormed a hotel favored by lawmakers in the war-battered capital Tuesday, firing indiscriminately and killing 32 people, including six parliamentarians. A suicide bomber and one of the gunmen were also killed in the brazen attack just a half-mile (1 kilometer) from the presidential palace. The attack showed the insurgent group al-Shabab, which controls wide areas of Somalia, can penetrate even the few blocks of the capital under the control of the government and African Union troops. Tuesday's well-planned assault came one day after al-Shabab warned of a new “massive war.” Sheik Ali Mohamud Rage, an insurgent spokesman, said the attack by members of the group's "special forces" targeted government leaders, foreign agents and "apostates" at the $10-anight Muna Hotel. Survivors of the hour-long slaughter described seeing bodies strewn throughout the hotel and people scrambling to safety through windows. An 11year-old shoeshine boy and a woman selling tea were among the dead. In an interview with The Associated Press, one parliamentarian said she was jolted awake by the popping sound of gunfire. Saynab Qayad said three fellow lawmakers staying on the top floor of the three-story hotel drew their guns while other guests fled out windows. “Smoke filled my room after bullets smashed my window. I hid myself in a corner of the room. Then a guest next door came to my door, screaming ‘Come out! Come out!’ And when I came out bullets continued to fly around. “I went back to my room and locked my door. Shortly afterward, the hotel staff asked me to come down and put me in a room at the second floor with four other survivors,” she said. “The body of a member of parliament was lying at that small room's door.” A manager at the Muna Hotel, Abdullahi Warsame, said the attack was carried out by two gunmen who first fired on people sitting under a tree, then opened fire at the reception desk. The gunmen then moved to the second floor, where they battled security forces and armed parliamentarians, he said. The two fought until they ran out of ammunition, when one blew himself up, Warsame said. After it was over, Somali government forces tied the body of one of the dead assailants to the back of a pickup truck and dragged it through the dusty streets of the capital, a scene eerily reminiscent of how bodies of dead American soldiers were treated following the disastrous Black Hawk Down battle of 1993 in Mogadishu. Tuesday's attack only extended the stream of warfare that rattled Mogadishu on Monday, when 40 civilians died in fighting between al-Shabab and Somali and African Union troops. Somalia's deputy prime minister told AP that 19 civilians, six members of parliament, five security forces and two hotel workers were killed Tuesday — a total of 32. Two attackers also were killed, said

Abdirahman Haji Aden Ibi, the deputy prime minister. A government statement said 31 people were killed. There was no way to immediately reconcile the figures. In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the attack during Ramadan highlighted al-Shabab's “complete disregard for human life, Somali culture and Islamic values.” Al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qaida and boasts veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars among its ranks, has grown deadlier in recent months. Last month it claimed twin bombings in Uganda during the World Cup final that killed 76 people. “The only intention of this group is to destroy the nation, massacre people and then finally hand the country to ruthless foreigners,” Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed said. “So I call upon all Somali people to unite fighting against these enemies and help government forces.” The militant group is fighting to oust the 6,000 African Union troops from Uganda and Burundi that prop up the U.N.-backed Somali government — forces whom al-Shabab calls crusaders and invaders. “We will eliminate them from our country in a battle we call ‘the end of the aggressors,’” Rage said. “They wanted to enjoy themselves in hotels while women and children are sent to makeshift homes.” Al-Shabab calls itself a defender of the nation, but its interpretation of Islam is harsh. Al-Shabab forbids music, TV or letting women walk alone. Men must grow beards. Punishments can range from amputation to death by stoning. In response to the World Cup attacks, the African Union pledged to increase its troop commitments to Somalia, an approach backed by the United States. The U.S. does not have any troops in Somalia but helps pay to train Somali troops and sends surveillance aircraft over Somalia. “The United States reaffirms its strong commitment to stand with the Somali people and transitional government and the African Union mission in Somalia as they courageously work to restore peace and stability in Somalia. And we're very grateful for the fact that this week we have additional resources arriving in support of the (African Union) mission troops coming from Uganda,” Crowley said. The Somali government has struggled for years to gain relevancy, but corruption and its minuscule footprint in the country — just a few city blocks near the seaside airport — have limited its effectiveness. The deaths of six parliamentarians will have no practical effect on the government functions. Al-Shabab operatives frequently infiltrate the small government-controlled area. In a similar attack in December, a suicide bomber detonated himself at a university graduation ceremony about 11⁄2 miles (3 kilometers ) from Tuesday's hotel attack, killing 24 people, including three government ministers, medical students and doctors. Somalia has not had an effective government for 19 years.

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Students are welcomed by the bright colors of the plants around campus. The trees also serve as cool shade from the hot weather that has affected the campus lately

This day in


On this day in 1835, the first in a series of six articles announcing the supposed discovery of life on the moon appears in the New York S un newspaper. Known collectively as "The Great Moon Hoax," the articles were supposedly reprinted from the Edinburgh Journal of S cience. The byline was Dr. Andrew Grant , described as a colleague of S ir John Herschel, a famous astronomer of the day. Herschel had in fact traveled to Capetown, S outh Africa, in January 1834 to set up an observatory with a powerful new telescope. As Grant described it , Herschel had found evidence of life forms on the moon, including such fant astic animals as unicorns, two -legged beavers and furry, winged humanoids resembling bats. The articles also offered vivid description of the moon's geography, complete with massive craters, enormous amethyst cryst als, rushing rivers and lush ve get ation. The New York S un, founded in 1833, was one of the new "penny press" papers that appealed to a wider audience with a cheaper price and a more narrative style of journalism. From the day the first moon hoax article was released, s ales of the paper shot up considerably. It was exciting stuff, and readers lapped it up. The only problem was that none of it was true.

The Edinburgh Journal of S cience had stopped publication years earlier, and Grant was a fictional character. The articles were most likely written by Richard Adams Locke, a S un reporter educated at Cambridge University. Intended as s atire, they were designed to poke fun at earlier, serious speculations about extraterrestrial life, particularly those of Reverend Thomas Dick, a popular science writer who claimed in his bestselling books that the moon alone had 4.2 billion inhabit ants. Readers were completely t aken in by the story, however, and failed to recognize it as s atire. The craze over Herschel's supposed discoveries even fooled a committee of Yale University scientists, who traveled to New York in search of the Edinburgh Journal articles. After S un employees sent them back and forth between the printing and editorial offices, hoping to discourage them, the scientists returned to New Haven without realizing they had been tricked. On S ept . 16, 1835, the S un admitted the articles had been a hoax. People were generally amused by the whole thing, and s ales of the paper didn’t suffer. The S un continued operation until 1950, when it merged with the New York World-Telegram. The merger folded in 1967. A new New York S un newspaper was founded in 2002, but it has no relation to the original. —“ This D ay in History” is courtesy of

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NATION&WORLD change and its impact on both the environmental and civil infrastructure, including water resources and air quality. Administration of the funding will be through the NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and is part of that directorate’s “Expeditions in Computing,” which are among their largest investments in research projects. The interdisciplinary project features 13 PIs from seven institutions and includes computer scientists, statisticians, climate scientists, hydrologists, ecologists and data management scientists.

UT names new interior design program chair J. David Matthews is the new chair of the interior design program at the University of Tennessee. Matthews has 16 years of experience teaching interior design. Prior to coming to UT, Matthews taught interior design for 11 years at Ohio University, where he was also the director of academic technologies for two years. As director of academic technologies, he assisted faculty to improve teaching and learning with technology. Matthews’ first full-time teaching position was as an assistant professor in the Department of Housing and Interior Design at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Prior to that, he spent three years in the professional arena as a designer. Matthews was part of the Ten Visions project, which was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and received one of the National Council of Archictectural Registration Boards’ Excellence in Education awards. This award recognizes a person’s potential to build a relationship between architecture and interior design in the educational setting. Matthews has a master’s degree in architecture from Miami University in Ohio, a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Ohio University and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Ohio University. Matthews takes the place of Josette Rabun, professor emerita, who retired in July 2009. Associate Dean Barbara Klinkhammer had served as the interim chair. UT receives grant to study climate change UT’s College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), in partnership with the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division of ORNL and the University of Minnesota, have received a $10-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project “Understanding Climate Change: A Data Driven Approach.” UT’s segment of the total grant will be $900,000 over a five-year period. Auroop Ganguly, a senior research and development staff member at ORNL and a joint faculty member with the CEE, is the lead principal investigator (PI) from UT. The overall project director and lead PI is Vipin Kumar from the University of Minnesota. The primary focus of the project will be on closing important knowledge gaps in climate extremes. Dayakar Penumadu, professor and head of the CEE department, said in a UT press release that having a unique joint faculty program with ORNL was a key requirement for successfully securing this grant. According to Penumadu, new initiatives are underway at UT to identify and hire up to four Governors Chairs jointly between the university and ORNL in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering to enhance the two institutions’ scientific contributions to the field of climate science. The CEE department is also recruiting faculty in the areas of climate

UT extension offers heritage skills seminars The UT Extension’s Family and Consumer Sciences Unit, along with the Tennessee Family and Community Education Council, has planned Heritage Skills Seminars in October. These seminars will be held at the Clyde York 4-H Center in Crossville and the deadline to register is Sept. 1. The seminars include weaving, basketry and quilting. The cost is $275 for weaving and basketry and $190 for quilting, and that fee includes housing, materials and meals. UT Extension leaders say the “Heritage Skills Seminars” are a great way to keep these craft-making skills alive in modern times. Camp participants will spend the day sewing, stitching and creating. The seminars also include a service project where participants will make “heart pillows” for breast cancer patients at area hospitals. You can register with the UT Extension Office online at

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Editor’sNote In-class experience not replicated online On August 6, Microsoft bigwig Bill Gates theorized that traditional universities will soon be a thing of the past. “Five years from now on the web for free you’ll be able to find the best lectures in the world,” Gates claimed at the Techonomy conference in California. “It will be better than any single university. “College, except for the parties, needs to be less place-based.” Editor-in-Chief Gates explained that financially, the idea of selling a $50,000-per-year education in today’s economic climate is laughable. Paying $200,000 for a four-year education shouldn’t be an option for parents, Gates said. “Only technology,” Gates said, “can bring that down, not just to $20,000 but to $2,000. So yes, place-based activity in that college thing will be five times less important than it is today.” In an increasingly digital world, it’s difficult to argue with Gates’ logic. Our generation has become saturated with Wikipedia-type minds, a generation more consumed with the speed of gathering information rather than with the manner in which was obtained. Stumped on a subject? No longer do you rush to the library. Just Google your query to yield millions of potential solutions in seconds. Even for a student whose major includes the phrase “electronic media,” the far-reaching effects of the Internet on everyday life continue to astound me. But never have I imagined that the web would overtake universities as the top destination for higher education. Online courses and colleges, the majority of which hardly burn holes in the pockets of students or parents, have been offered for years. One can earn a degree from his or her couch, as Homer Simpson eats doughnuts in the background. But it’s hard to fathom a time where the Internet will offer lectures and degrees that, according to Gates, will be “better than any single university.” And it’s even harder to fathom high school students who are willing to give up on the freedom of the college experience. I’m here to theorize that the quality of a college education is more accurately measured outside the confines of GPAs and academic transcripts. The pairing of an incoming freshman and a university is a pas de deux of opportunity and knowledge no online lecture could replace. There are too many variables that make a true collegiate experience priceless. Still, Gates assesses that the lighter load on students’ wallets would be the deal-breaker; a $2,000-per-year education compared to $20,000 per year. The days of expensive but historically superb universities that once churned out generations of geniuses could be no more. With the click of a mouse, Gates says, the same could be achieved for a fraction of the cost and the time. Financially, Gates’ argument holds water. The current price tag on college often shuts the door for too many American high school students. But even in an era where higher education takes a toll on consumers’ pocketbooks, financial aid such as the HOPE Scholarship illustrates how a competent high-school career can translate into a four-year, in-state education that won’t break the bank. UT, for example, continues to attract stellar freshman classes, many of whom receive university paychecks as a result of excess scholarship funds. But what is the price tag for a college education outside the classroom? How does one put a price on the chance for personal freedom, the opportunity to find one’s niche and essentially carve the path for the rest of life in a place other than home? The Internet may someday boast an ability to teach that will rival some universities, but no online education could truly overshadow the on-campus experience so popular in today’s society. The Internet has revolutionized our world, but here’s to hoping universities aren’t on the verge of extinction. The college experience is one that hopefully won’t ever disappear.

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—Zac Ellis is a senior in journalism and electronic media. He can be reached at

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Time for US to thank Iraq veterans “Off the Deep End” by

Derek Mullins

One of the greatest and most important pieces of news to hit American media in years came last week, but sadly, that amazing story just drifted quietly into the background. For those of you who might have missed it, the last combat troops are being sent home from their tours of duty in Iraq. Seven full years after the start of a war that was waged on questionable pretenses and had fluctuating levels of public support, major military operations have come to a close. Cable news networks, many major newspapers and even many local news outlets paid very little attention to this story, however, choosing instead to eschew the story from the graces of their front pages or leading stories in favor of more eye-catching reports about multi-state egg contaminations. Really? Is that the sense of thankfulness we, as a nation, exhibit to our troops nowadays? Have we really become so desensitized or apathetic to the world around us that we, as a people, cannot put a premium on the news that, after about $750 billion and the deaths of almost 4,500 servicemen and women and the injuries of many more, this quagmire is meeting its demise and those who faced unspeakable peril are coming home? What is wrong with us? The more I ponder those questions, the more frustrated and fearful I become. See, like many, I have taken enough classes and watched and read enough material on the subject to understand that the recent war in Iraq is paralleling the disasters of the Vietnam War more than anyone could ever have anticipated. The alarming fact is that I am in no way referring to the billions of dollars spent to wage the two wars or the sizable political and economic damage they caused. Instead, I am referring to the cost paid and that will continue to be paid by the valiant men and women who served their country faithfully, loyally and without question, and the families they left behind. You see, much like their historical predecessors, these

modern troops are returning home to very little fanfare. Sure, the families and friends of these soldiers are welcoming them home with open arms, but their country has more or less collectively stated that they would rather not think about the snafu being left behind in the sands of a nation on the other side of the globe. This probably has to do with the fact that the soldiers’ return is being met with the same lackadaisical coverage the war in which they fought received. Instead of uniting to herald their arrivals or caring about the details of the battles left behind, we would rather watch reports about the latest season of “American Idol” or stories about some strung-out celebrity going to jail. Images of flagdraped coffins were never and still are not being broadcast or published because politicians and news executives collectively feared, and still fear, that it would make the public sour and tune out. As if our combined apathy during the time of the war and in its immediate aftermath is not shameful enough, the fact is that these troops are actually coming home to futures that are more uncertain than those who survived Vietnam. Funding for GI education benefits is being cut, dollars formerly allotted for medical care for veterans are being pulled, and programs that ensured returning soldiers would be able to get jobs and affordable housing after their homecoming are being phased out. These actions are not just happening at the hands of the current Democratic administration. They were actually started by the Republicans a few years before our last presidential election, in which Sen. John McCain, a beneficiary of all of the aforementioned entitlements because of his service in Vietnam, actually put forth the idea of cutting funding even further; both parties are guilty. Look, folks, I know that it's stereotypically conservatives who leap on the “Think of the Troops” bandwagon, but it is in no way a partisan belief that we, as a nation, need to wake up and pay attention to the plight of our veterans. When nations fail to recognize and reward former troops and the families of fallen troops for their tireless and unwavering service, devotion and loyalty, they are failing as much as they can possibly fail. Our nation currently falls into that description. We can never fully pay these veterans back for their sacrifices, but it is certainly about time we start trying. —Derek Mullins is a senior in political science. He can be reached at

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Those who keep up with the news surrounding Israel and Palestine are familiar with this story. The U.S. will encourage peace talks between the two nations. A terrorist attack will occur, which will end them. After a few more terror attacks, the Israel Defense Forces will lead an operation that will kill hundreds, if not thousands, of Palestinians. Then, there will be international condemnation while the U.S. defends its ally. Because of the conflict, the government in power will seem impotent. It will be voted out of power, and a new government will be elected. Then, the peace talks will start again. This should, quite honestly, be the expected outcome of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's push for peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. If we are actually serious about peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, we need to address underlying problems that prevent proper negotiations. First, on the Israeli side, a few governmental changes could move the peace process along. The Knesset is a 120-member parliament. Unlike other parliamentary systems, elections are not set and it is proportionally based: that is, a party needs only 2 percent of the vote to gain members. The Knesset’s setup allows small parties into the government, which hinders the process, making it difficult to gain a majority. Coalitions are often the result. Israel elects members for four-year terms, yet early elections are usually called because of the volatility of politics. These problems hamper the advancement of peace, because governance is nigh impossible. Israel should rearrange the government so that there are set elections every four years that cannot be called early. Furthermore, the threshold for qualification should be raised to at least 5 percent, if not higher. Admittedly, this will prevent a broader form of representation, which means parties will need to combine. Of the 18 parties in the Knesset, several with similar ideologies could combine. Hadash and Labor are both socialist parties and could possibly combine with New Movement-Meretz. Shas and United Torah Judaism are both ultra-Orthodox parties; Yisrael Beiteinu and The Jewish Home parties are right-wing nationalists.

Finally, Balad and Ta'al are the two Arab parties. The parties will have to adapt and become umbrella parties rather than those with specifically targeted groups. These changes will allow the government to take real action like stopping more settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem without fear of a vote of no-confidence. Second, Palestine should focus on actually creating a state. This means that instead of waiting for the politics to play out, Palestine should simply declare its statehood. The international community will have to deal with the reality on the ground if there are actually two states involved. After the Palestinian Authority declares its statehood, it should focus on building the country from the ground up so that it has a foundation from which to negotiate. It is clear that many Palestinians resent the Israelis for their wealth and power. If they were on the same footing, then the Palestinians might be more willing to give on some of the negotiating points that have hindered the peace process. America also needs to be willing to devote more funds to nation-building in the country. Perhaps instead of giving Israel 50 percent of our foreign aid, we could give them 45 percent and lend 5 percent to Palestinian businesses and business owners to help them create a proper economy. In addition, if Palestine is a recognized state, it will gain member status in international organizations like the United Nations. It can also work towards free trade agreements with other countries, specifically its Arab allies. This would only be the beginning of the peace process. There are still many, many contentious issues that are at play, including borders, settlements, terrorism, right of return and water rights. However, these changes would dramatically increase the chances of a settlement reached through diplomacy. One must only look at the current problem. If Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, tried to freeze settlements, the Shas and Yisrael Beiteinu parties would remove themselves from his coalition. But if he does not begin talks soon, Defense Minister and Head of Labor Ehud Barak, has threatened to remove his party from the coalition. Stability on both sides is necessary for proper reform. No one can expect peace between the two countries if they are both plagued by insecurity. Since peace talks continuously fail, it is time to fix the underlying problems first, so real peace can be achieved. —Treston Wheat is a senior in history and political science. He can be reached at

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U.S. military tying up loose ends in Iraq war Associated Press BAGHDAD— Lt. Ryan Alexander stands thigh-deep in a dark grove of reeds and palm trees, hunting for rockets. Officially, the U.S. combat role in Iraq is ending this month, but Alexander and his platoon are under orders to keep insurgents from using the south Baghdad field as a hiding place for Katyushas. “We're going to be doing this as long as they tell us,” Alexander said in a near-whisper in the steamy predawn air, his machine gun slung over his shoulder. Behind him, Iraqi Lt. Wassan Fadah Hussein had his handgun out and ready for action. In the near distance came a gunshot. “Sounded like a little boom,” Alexander drawled. The number of U.S. soldiers in Iraq dipped Tuesday to 49,700, dropping below the 50,000 threshold ahead of the end-of-the-month deadline set by President Barack Obama. But the war is not yet over for the remaining troops, who will continue to put themselves in danger on counterterror raids and other high-risk missions that aren't called combat but can be just as deadly. Until the end of 2011, U.S. troops will mostly focus on training Iraqi soldiers and police to take over the nation's still-shaky security. They will counsel Iraqi officials on how to endear themselves to their citizens, whether through handing out soccer balls to kids or building irrigation systems for farmers. But they will also still be on security patrols — like the one that Iraqi police said was hit by a roadside bomb Tuesday in the southern city of Basra, with no casualties immediately reported. And they will still be dying — the 4,416th U.S. soldier to die in Iraq was killed in a Basra rocket attack earlier this week. In an attempt to end what he once termed "a dumb war," Obama ordered all but 50,000 troops to leave Iraq by Aug. 31. Those left behind will no longer be allowed to go on combat missions without being joined by Iraqi forces. Much of that change was already put into effect last summer. A security agreement between Baghdad and Washington stopped U.S.-only patrols and raids in Iraqi cities, where most of the threat exists, after June 30, 2009. That same agreement requires all U.S. troops to be out of Iraq by the end of 2011. “As far as boots on the ground, mainly it's Iraqis doing the work,” said Gen. Ali Gadaun, commander of Iraq's troop operations. “Of course, the Iraqis want to see this day coming, that their forces are in charge of the country and in charge of their security.” In Massachusetts, where the president was on vacation, White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan called the drawdown in U.S. troops a “truly remarkable achievement.” He noted that the milestone had been reached a week ahead of schedule and represented a drop of 94,000 troops on Obama's watch. But Brennan acknowledged that the Iraqis still face sizable challenges, including forming a stable government and preventing terrorist bombings. “There's still more progress that needs to be made inside of Iraq to ensure that security is going to prevail throughout the country and is going to be enduring,” he said. Over 20,000 American soldiers in Iraq have been assigned to “advise and assist brigades” and will continue patrols and training exercises with Iraqis. Fewer than 5,000 are special forces who will team up with Iraqi troops on counterterror raids and other high-risk missions. The rest of the 50,000 — about half of the U.S. force in Iraq — are high-ranking officers and headquarters staff who mostly will be planning military strategy through the final withdrawal. Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, leaves Sept. 1 after more than five years there. “There is still danger. There are still going to be people who attack our forces. We all know that,” Odierno

said Tuesday. Odierno said he worries that Congress next month will cut funding requests — from about $2 billion to $1 billion — intended to help Iraq secure itself from foreign threats. Iraqis themselves are mixed on whether they feel their security forces are ready to protect them. Several interviewed Tuesday said they believe the U.S. will continue to control Iraq for years to come — even if through aid and politics instead of its military. “The Iraqi people feel the Americans will occupy Iraq forever and will not leave easily after sacrificing by their soldiers and spending billions of dollars in their operations,” said Salih Mahir, a 22-year old university student who lives in north Baghdad. In his first tour in Iraq in 2007, Capt. Rory McGovern walked through splattered human brains and other carnage on patrol in the then-Sunni insurgency stronghold of Abu Ghraib west of Baghdad. Now he helps train Iraqi police to scan Baghdad streets for snipers and supplies local cops with water filters and soccer balls to hand out in the poorest neighborhoods. McGovern is one of about 560 soldiers at Joint Security Station Loyalty in eastern Baghdad who oversee an area nearly twice the size of Manhattan and a population close to that of Los Angeles. Just months ago, 10 times as many U.S. soldiers were patrolling the area. Now the job is largely left to an Iraqi federal police force of about 16,000 officers whom McGovern and other soldiers are trying to train. For the most part, McGovern said, the Iraqi police seem to get it. “We can't just leave without making sure that we see it to a sustainable end and our Iraqi security partners can confidently say, ‘We got it, thanks,’” said McGovern, a company commander with the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. "We owe it to everybody who put in blood, sweat and tears, and if we do it right, then it's absolutely worth it." U.S. Lt. Gen. Robert Cone said Iraq's military is largely looking to the U.S. to supply it with bomb disposal teams and intelligence from spy planes. Iraq's fledgling air force has few planes to collect intelligence and is far from ready to protect the nation's skies from invaders. The border has been a focus for the 3rd Infantry's 3rd Brigade in Iraq's southern Wasit province that abuts Iran. But instead of jumping in to fix problems at the Zurbatiya border crossing, U.S. soldiers have had to learn to step back and see how Iraqi guards handle it themselves. It is often a teeth-gritting task. A scale that was supposed to weigh cargo coming across the border has sat broken for months, since the day it was first used. Explosives scanners similarly have sat unrepaired or gone unused. Brigade commander Col. Pete Jones jokes about mastering the pros and cons of drip irrigation versus flooding farming fields in Wasit's dry, barren landscape. He said his troops have not been on any raids or engaged on any shoot-outs with insurgents since they got there last fall. “It's a different fight than what the soldiers thought it was going to be,” Jones said. His soldiers are allowed under the security agreement to use any means necessary to protect themselves under attack. And they sometimes team up with Iraqis for "force protection" patrols to safeguard U.S. bases. Technically, Alexander and his 1st Brigade platoon were on a force protection patrol when they left JSS Loyalty shortly after 1 a.m. for the two-mile march with about a dozen Iraqis through dark fields and a neighborhood where Shiite militia leaders live. But it carried all the danger of a combat mission. “It's not over,” Alexander told his men before they headed out. “If all combat forces are out of Iraq, if I'm the enemy, then I'm going to test you. We're going to let them know we're here. And we're not going anywhere.”









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Alligator sightings increase in North U.S. Associated Press CHICAGO— Two gators in the Chicago River. One strolling down a Massachusetts street. Another in bustling New York City. And that's just in the past few weeks. From North Dakota to Indiana, alligators are showing up far from their traditional southern habitats — including a 3-footer captured Tuesday in the Chicago River. But experts say it's not the latest sign of global warming. Instead the creatures almost certainly were pets that escaped or were dumped by their owners. “People buy them as pets and then they get too big and at some point they decide they just can't deal with it,” said Kent Vliet, an alligator expert from the University of Florida who tracks media reports about the reptiles. In the past three years, he said, there have been at least 100 instances of alligators showing up in more than 15 states where they're not native. North Carolina is the farthest north that alligators are found naturally, Vliet said. A 3-foot-long, collar-wearing alligator was found

Sunday strolling down a street in Brockton, Mass. On Monday, a 2-foot-long gator was spotted under a car in New York City. In fact, since spring, gators also have been found in Fargo, N.D., eastern Missouri, upstate New York, rural Indiana, Ohio and a Detroit suburb. After being spotted by boaters on Sunday, Chicago's rogue gator drew scores of gawkers to the banks of the river. It peered from the water at the people staring back through binoculars, and swam away when a duck got too close. “It's not scary,” 8-year-old Caleb Berry said Monday. “It was a baby and it wasn't eating anything.” The alligator eluded capture and apparently ignored traps baited with raw chicken until Tuesday, when a volunteer from the Chicago Herpetological Society was able to snare it with a net. Three weeks ago, the volunteer captured a 2 1/2-foot gator in the same area. Vliet said such small alligators don't pose much of a threat to humans — preferring to dine on fish, snails, crayfish, frogs and small snakes — though they probably would bite if handled. “It's not like it's going to hunt you down,” he said.

The greater risk is to the reptiles, which probably wouldn't survive long in northern climates, experts said. “The animal is going to die a slow death,” said Franklin Percival, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Florida who says alligators most often are abandoned when they reach 3 feet or so and “people wonder why they made the early decision” to buy them. “Ecologically, it's not responsible and maybe ethically it is not a good idea, either,” Percival said. Alligators can be kept as pets in some states as long as the owner gets the proper permits, though some municipalities — like New York City — ban them outright. Illinois stopped issuing such permits three years ago because of problems with illegal ownership and people releasing unwanted pets, said Joe Kath, endangered species manager for the state Department of Natural Resources. Cherie Travis, executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control, said owning an alligator is a bad idea. “No one in Illinois needs to own an alligator. Period,” Travis said.

Lebanese gunmen exchange fire Associated Press BEIRUT— Lebanese Shiite and Sunni groups traded machine gun fire and grenades in Beirut on Tuesday, killing three people and wounding several others just blocks from a busy downtown packed with tourists at this time of year. Lebanese soldiers cordoned off the area and prevented journalists from entering, but the crackle of sniper fire and popping of rocket propelled grenades was audible for hours. Gunmen stood on the corners and peering down alleyways in the neighborhood while families ran for cover. Ambulances rushed to the scene and an elderly man was loaded into a stretcher clutching his neck, while another was covered in blood and not moving. The shootout erupted between the Shiite Hezbollah and the conservative Sunni AlAhbash group following a fight outside a mosque in the mixed residential area of Bourj Abu Haidar security officials said. A joint statement issued later by the two groups said the incident resulted from an “personal dispute and has no political or sectarian background.” It said the two sides agreed to immediately put an end to their differences and end all armed presence on the street. The officials said Mohammed Fawaz, a Hezbollah official from the area, and his aide,

Munzer Hadi, were killed in the clashes along with Fawaz Omeirat of Al-Ahbash. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. Angry fighters later set fire to a mosque in the nearby neighborhood of Basta, according to an AP photographer. Salah, a 40-year-old who did not wish to give his last name, said he was inside the Bourj Abu Haidar mosque when he heard a commotion outside and people screaming, “Calm down.” Then 20 minutes later, he heard gunshots and bullets slamming into the mosque. “They were shooting at the mosque. I think these people are crazy. They must have gone home to get their friends,” he said. Salah stayed inside with others before fleeing during a lull in the fighting. The clashes took place as Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah addressed supporters, calling for increased military assistance for the Lebanese army from Iran and its Arab neighbors. It was the worst clash since May 2008, when Hezbollah gunmen swept through Sunni neighborhoods of Beirut after the pro-Western government tried to dismantle the group's telecommunications network. The fighting at the time brought the country to the brink of a new civil war. See HEZBOLLA on Page 7

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Football inspires country career Associated Press NASHVILLE — Everything Kenny Chesney needed to know about dominating country music, he learned from football. Whether he's firing up the tour bus or heading into the studio, he uses the principles he learned while playing at Gibbs High School outside Knoxville. This epiphany came to Chesney while he was recording for his latest album, “Hemingway's Whiskey,” and eventually grew into the documentary film “Boys of Fall,” which airs on ESPN this Sunday. “It's no different if you're playing football, if you're on the road like I am, if you're running a company,” Chesney said. “Everybody's got to work together if they want to achieve something that's special.” Chesney's documentary started out as a simple video shoot for the single, “The Boys of Fall.” He followed friend and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton to the coach's hometown in Naperville, Ill., where Payton gave the seasonopening pregame speech last year to his old high school

team. It was a special experience and Chesney started to think about all the sports figures he has become friends with over the years. “That's when I thought it might be cool for me, in my year off I took from the road, to go around and talk to these people and see what we get,” Chesney said. “It ended up being one of the best journeys of my life, and I think one of the most important things I've done in my career to this point.” Chesney's journey took him to places like Hattiesburg, Miss., where he had barbecue at Brett Favre's house, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Austin, Texas. He met with the giants of the game — Bill Parcells, Peyton Manning, Nick Saban, Bobby Bowden, John Madden — but also spent time filming pee wee players in Nashville. There were fun moments: “John Madden cooked what is the equivalent of Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner together for us. He told me when I walked in there, ‘When it comes to cooking I can take Brett Favre to the woodshed.’” But he also came away with experiences that had a

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larger impact on him than he could ever imagine. “Listening to those guys talk about the heart of and the emotions and everything that goes into loving people and living life and trying to get the most out of it and how it all relates to football, it stops and makes you think and look at your own life,” Chesney said. “And sometimes I'm too busy. I don't do that.”

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Band takes light-hearted approach to music Staff Reports The members of Mumford & Sons came together in 2007, and since have shared a common purpose: to make music that matters without taking themselves too seriously. The four young men from West have fire in their bellies, romance in their hearts and rapture in their masterful voices. They are staunch friends Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane who bring their music to us with the passion and pride of an old-fashioned, much-cherished, family business. They create a gutsy, old-time sound that marries the magic of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young with the might of Kings Of Leon, and their incredible energy draws us in quickly to their circle of songs, to the warmth of their stories and to their magical community of misty-eyed men. The four friends were playing a number of instruments in various bands in London throughout the summer of 2007. They were united to perform impromptu renditions of Marcus earliest attempts at songwriting in front of crowds of friends in sweaty, underground folk nights in the capital. They bonded over their love of country, bluegrass and folk, and decided to make music that sounded loud, proud and live, taking music that could often be pretty and delicate and fill it with enthusiasm, courage and confidence. “It was a very exciting time, and though we

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loved it and were in awe of the music going on around us, we didn’t consider ourselves contenders in the pretty daunting London music scene. There was never any idea of competition, just pure enjoyment,” says Marcus. They loved live music so much that they would practice their sets on pavements outside the venues and also act as backing musicians for the peers with whom they played. This sense of playing music for the love of it has continued as the main theme through the band’s short history. They booked their first rehearsals in the late autumn of 2007. “As soon as we sat down together, just the four of us, we knew we had become a band (because) what came out was unique to us four as individuals,” says Lovett. Out of this session came their first band songs, “Awake My Soul” and “White Blank Page,” highlights on their debut album. As soon as they had their first rough cluster of songs, they hit the road and chased the friendly live reception they got all over the country. Word spread quickly of the band’s phenomenal live show as the Sons toured extensively throughout 2008; from a barge-tour of the Thames with eight other acts, through to an island-hopping tour of the Scottish highlands and a triumphant set at Glastonbury in June, they sold out London's Luminaire in July, only half a year after they got together. A trilogy of beautiful 10" EPs and the band’s first American tour followed in support of Laura Marling and

Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit. With each release, the music of Mumford & Sons got brighter, bolder and brawnier, with an increasing focus on their impassioned and intimate lyrics. “What we write about is real, and we sing and play our instruments more passionately cos we feel like we need to. We love honest music,” says Winston. Their success continued to build, too, with two glorious benchmarks being their place on the BBC Sound Of 2009 Poll shortlist and their London ICA show selling out in 24 hours. When it came time to record their debut album, the band enlisted producer Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Bjork), who saw crossover potential in the Sons. He took them to the legendary Eastcote Studios where Arctic Monkeys, Brian Eno, Tindersticks and Laura Marling have honed their music on its vintage equipment; made the band buy good instruments; set them a daily routine; and encouraged them to try and work even more instinctively, to strengthen their already-powerful musical personality. "He wanted us just to sound like us," explains Ben. "He talked about us working on our music's most jubilant and melancholic moments, and make them even more evocative. And over those four weeks, everything came together." The album begins with the title track, "Sigh No More," a statement of intent that references the romantic language of Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing.” Amongst darkly reflective

tracks such as "Thistle & Weeds" and ballads like "White Blank Page" and "Winter Winds and Roll Away Your Stone," by contrast, show the band's sprightlier side, the rollicking banjo of the former conjuring up stormy weather that "litters London with lonely hearts;” the latter, a fabulous hoedown about a man unsuccessfully filling the hole in his soul. As the album moves on, this fervor never dies. "Little Lion Man" a track that Zane Lowe named the “Hottest Record In The World Today” on a recent Radio 1 show, is a rampage about regret and unresolved heartbreak. And finally, after a wild lashing out in the murderous fable of "Dust Bowl Dance,” “After The Storm” arrives, the only track Mumford and Sons wrote in the studio, away from the live stage they knew so well. It stands an incredibly moving final track to an incredibly moving album the story of a man scared of what's behind and what's before and creates a considered conclusion to the band’s epic debut album. Mumford & Sons’ live reputation precedes them, which fans experienced firsthand at the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Feel the fire in your belly and the romance in your heart as you listen, let your voice break into rapture and you too sigh no more. Mumford & Sons will play the Valarium with Cadillac Sky and King Charles Monday, November 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.


College football jerseys impact programs’ traditions, successes

Vol Calls back Wednesday nights Staff Reports

Colin Skinner Assistant Sports Editor

Who says the jerseys don’t matter? College football jerseys and helmets are the substance of a school’s appearance, the brand of a sharp team. Some may be flashier than others, such as the University of Miami’s, while others more conservative, like the Nebraska Cornhuskers’. Either way, there is more to a school’s get-up than meets the eye. Think for a second of a few teams in college football that you like; perhaps you followed them growing up as a kid — And then ask yourself if the team’s jerseys or helmets had anything to do with it. From Ohio State’s tradition of buckeye helmet stickers to — dare I mention — USC’s bright, sunny colors, each team brings to the table its own unique jersey style and appearance that embodies their school’s heritage. Call them tradition, call them threads, call them irrelevant, call them what you’d like. Jerseys are a reflection of a college football program’s past and a symbol of a school’s tradition, as well as its current status. Take Penn State for example. The team wears a very lackluster, plain blue jersey with plain white pants and a boring, plain white helmet with a blue stripe down the center that shouts “old school.” This traditional, or rather too traditional look, represents its program to a T. The coach, Joe Paterno, is 83 years old and didn’t see change in his program until he let his assistants finally take over most of the coaching a few years ago. Add 811 all-time wins, sixth most in NCAA history, and a legendary coach who plans to stay in his position into the mix, and you have a program that shows no signs of changing. Then notice Oregon, if you haven’t already. Their heinous Nike jersey combinations are harder to guess than how the team will actually play, flaunting four different helmets last season and sporting duck wings on the shoulders of an all-white jersey in its season opener. Oregon’s jerseys change nightly, and they portray a program with a flashy, West Coast style of play and an unconvential spread offense comfortably. But the jersey does more for a football team than portray its

attributes and traditions. It can impact a team’s play, too. The entire nation witnessed this phenomenon last year on Halloween night when South Carolina came to town to face the Vols in Knoxville. The rumor was spreading like wildfire on message boards, amongst students and faculty and even the players themselves: “The Vols are pulling out black jerseys this Saturday.” But this is UT! What about the tradition, the orange and the old white helmets? The wounded Volunteers were 3-4 on the year, coming off a heart-breaking two-point loss to then No. 2-ranked Alabama. The team was going to need a little something extra to defeat the 22nd-ranked Gamecocks at night. The answer was not going to be drawn up with X’s and O’s, and it certainly was not going to be the passing game either. And in a stunning display, with the roar of an utterly surprised crowd that had seen orange during pregame warmups, the Volunteers ran through the T in a way they hadn’t all season: in black and with the game already won. What happened that night was both methodical and beautiful. The Vols, clad in black, forced turnovers all over the field in front of an ear-shattering crowd for most of the first quarter. South Carolina was rattled from the gates and never had a chance. Mother Nature even granted her approval of the jersey switcha-roo with a light drizzle, causing Stephen Garcia and Co. to handle the football like it was a hot turkey, fresh out of the oven. All this can be accredited to the energy and momentum created when the players took the field in their tantalizing new uniforms. Unfortunately for UT fans, the black jerseys were introduced during the Kiffin regime, and it doesn’t look like the newest coach is looking to change any tradition here, so don’t look for them on the field again anytime soon. Regardless, Tennessee’s all orange jerseys with white orange-striped bottoms are as classy and traditional as any football suit in America, and I think it’s safe to say that they’re here to stay.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"Vol Calls," the official statewide call-in radio show for UT athletics, kicks off its 23rd season this week with a new Wednesday-night time slot for the 2010 football season. The one-hour show airs at 8 p.m. Eastern time (7 p.m. Central) from the Texas Roadhouse location across from West Town Mall in Knoxville. The new move from Monday to Wednesday night provides more focus and more up-to-date analysis on Tennessee's upcoming football game and allows UT head coach Derek Dooley to be on site and in attendance to answer questions for most of the shows during football season. Bob Kesling, voice of the Tennessee Volunteers and UT's director of broadcasting, serves as the show's host and is joined by Vol Network veteran Brent Hubbs to answer questions and provide insight into Tennessee athletics. Once football season gets underway, Coach Dooley will appear onsite at the Texas Roadhouse during game weeks to answer questions and take calls for approximately 30 minutes. Kesling, Hubbs

and Coach Dooley will be joined by former Vol standouts like Tim Priest, Jeff Francis and Pat Ryan, among others, as rotating special guests. "Vol Calls" is the exclusive radio program where Tennessee fans can call in and talk with the head coaches of the Vols and Lady Vols. Fans can place a "Vol Call" anywhere in the United States by dialing 1-800-688-8657, or Tennessee customers of Verizon can dial #TENN. Patrons at the Texas Roadhouse may ask a question in person and will have the opportunity to register for prizes and tickets to UT home football games. Listeners also may submit questions in the coming weeks by going to "Vol Calls" runs for 35 straight weeks from Aug. 25 to April 21. Once football season concludes, the show moves back to its traditional Monday night slot to better accommodate basketball season. The program can be heard on approximately 70 stations that make up the Vol Radio Network across the state of Tennessee and the Southeast. The weekly program also can be heard online for free each week through

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