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April 24, 2007

The Women's Forum for the Economy and Society Conducts Panel at Euro RSCG Worldwide -- New York : GlobalGiants.com

Global Advertising Agency Hosts Event to Support a Balanced Dialogue about Global Issues.

EURO RSCG WORLDWIDE


Photo: Aude de Thuin speaks at Euro RSCG Worldwide in New York.

NEW YORK -- Executives from Euro RSCG Worldwide, including Mercedes Erra, Executive President, and David Jones, Global Chief Executive Officer, are hosting renowned French philanthropist and entrepreneur Aude de Thuin, as she leads a panel of esteemed women business leaders in a discussion of global economic and social issues, and the role that women play in these matters. This is the sole United States stop on Aude de Thuin's tour of international cities to raise awareness of the Annual Women's Forum on the Economy and Society, which takes place next on October 11-13, 2007. Aude de Thuin will present the main issues to be covered at the 2007 Forum under the theme of "Building Trust in our Societies."

Rated as one of the world's top four global events by the Financial Times, the Women's Forum is a private, global initiative meant to elevate the ways in which women can contribute to improving business, politics and society in a more balanced and recognized way. With 1,000 leading figures representing more than 60 countries, it has become -- in only two years - a unique international gathering that is held every October in Deauville, France.

Euro RSCG Worldwide, a leading integrated marketing communications agency and Advertising Age's 2006 Global Agency of the Year, is made up of 233 offices located in 75 countries throughout Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. |GlobalGiants.com|


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April 23, 2007

Chevrolet Silverado Regular Cab 2007 : GlobalGiants.com

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Photo: Chevrolet Silverado Regular Cab 2007. |GlobalGiants.com|


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LG Mobile Phones Crowns Morgan Pozgar the LG National Texting Champion : GlobalGiants.com

First National Text Messaging Competition Concludes With a Fast and Furious Thumb Race in New York City.

LG ELECTRONICS


Photo: LG Mobile Phones Crowns Morgan Pozgar the LG National Texting Champion.

SAN DIEGO, April 23 -- For the past month, LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) focused on finding the fastest thumbs in the U.S. This exhilarating task lead them from the sunny skies of Hollywood to the skyscrapers of New York, where they concluded the first national text messaging competition, the LG National Texting Championship, on Saturday at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Although over 300 competitors thought their thumbs could out-text the best, 13-year-old Morgan Pozgar prevailed as the LG National Texting Champion. The Claysburg, Pennsylvania resident had an impressive text message speed of 42 seconds for a 151 character phrase, which earned her the title of LG National Texting Champion and $25,000 cash.

During this exciting afternoon of thumb exercises and speed-texting, these often overlooked appendages captured the spotlight as contestants battled each other for over $40,000 in cash and prizes. Contestants had the chance to test their texting capabilities based on speed and accuracy by battling it out on their QWERTY keypad mobile devices for money, fame and the LG National Texting Championship crown.

"I am so shocked right now. I send over 4,000 texts every month and can't believe that I actually won the whole competition," said Pozgar. "Now I want to go shopping."

Pozgar's winning phrase was, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocios! Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious. If you say it loud enough you'll always sound precocious."

Pozgar came to New York City with her mother Shannon and 15-year-old brother Kyle, who won a 50" plasma LG television in a consolation round. The family had never been to New York City and Shannon was shocked about how well both of her children did in the competition. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Biography of Hillary Clinton by Carl Bernstein to be Published by Hutchinson This June : GlobalGiants.com

Hillary Clinton


A WOMAN IN CHARGE: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, written by award-winning journalist and best-selling author Carl Bernstein, will be published in June, it was announced today by Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor in Chief of the Knopf Publishing Group, US publisher of A WOMAN IN CHARGE. The book, a biography of Senator Clinton that covers her life up through her decision to run for president, will go on sale nationwide on June 19.

Bernstein, who shared a Pulitzer Prize with Bob Woodward for their reporting on Watergate for The Washington Post, has spent the last eight years working on this book. He interviewed more than two hundred people, including friends, colleagues, and adversaries of Hillary's, both on and off the record. The result is a nuanced and thorough look at her life to date.

Bernstein's reporting in A WOMAN IN CHARGE reveals Senator Clinton's complex relationship with her disciplinarian father, examines the early development of her deep religious feelings, and looks at her time at Wellesley and Yale Law School, where her political ideals took shape. It also looks at her courtship with Bill Clinton and the amazing dynamic of their marriage, during the most trying of circumstances and times; it shows the extent to which she was instrumental in the triumphs and troubles of her husband's governorship and presidency; and it untangles her relationship to Whitewater, Troopergate, and Travelgate. Finally, it details her successful run for Senate and remarkable rise to a dominant role in the Democratic party, and it sheds light on her own political brilliance and blind spots.

A WOMAN IN CHARGE will be published in the UK by Hutchinson, an imprint of the Random House Group. |GlobalGiants.com|


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Boeing, CIT Aerospace Sign Order for Five Additional 737-700s : GlobalGiants.com

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Photo: Boeing [NYSE:BA] and CIT Aerospace, a business unit of CIT Group Inc., a leading global provider of commercial and consumer finance solutions, today announced an order for five Boeing Next-Generation 737-700s, valued at approximately $295 million at list prices.

To date, CIT has taken delivery of 31 Next-Generation 737s and has a backlog of five 787 Dreamliners and 10 Next-Generation 737s on order with Boeing. |GlobalGiants.com|


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April 22, 2007

NINTENDO POKEMON : GlobalGiants.com

NINTENDO POKEMON

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Photo: Jack Smith, of Maplewood, NJ, arrived 18 hours early to be first in line to purchase Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl video games at Nintendo World store today in New York. Fans lined up to be among the first people in the United States to buy the latest Nintendo DS video games, which have already sold millions in Japan. (Nintendo, Diane Bondareff) |GlobalGiants.com|


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PANASONIC EARTH DAY CLEAN-UP : GlobalGiants.com

PANASONIC EARTH DAY


Photo: Led by Panasonic Corporation of North America COO, Joe Taylor (center, in gray), Panasonic employees teamed up with students from Secaucus Middle School and the Hackensack River Keeper for an Earth Day clean-up program of the Hackensack River. Panasonic employees on foot and in canoes picked up trash along the banks of the river. Panasonic Corporation of North America has its headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey. |GlobalGiants.com|


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April 21, 2007

World Wildlife Fund: Amur Leopard Nearing Extinction : GlobalGiants.com

WWF Leopard


Photo: Logging, building, farming and poaching have virtually killed off the Amur Leopard, environmentalists said. There are only 25 to 34 of the graceful animals still living in the wild, WWF said at a news briefing in Moscow to report on the results of a census of leopard numbers in Russia's Far East. At least 100 would be needed to guarantee the species' survival.

The Amur leopard used to roam freely around the Korean peninsula and northeast China but farms, villages and roads have eaten away at its forest habitat where it hunts for deer, hare, badgers and small rodents. The Amur leopard has longer legs and fur than other leopard species, allowing it to prowl and hunt with ease in the snowy eastern fringe of Siberia. (Picture Credit: Reuters) |GlobalGiants.com|


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Motorola Launches Global Flagship Store in India : GlobalGiants.com

Continues Motorola's global commitment to reinvent the retail experience.

MOTOROLA INDIA

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Photo: Inside the new Motorola Global Flagship MOTOSTORE in India. (Motorola, Inc.) |GlobalGiants.com|

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) , a global leader in wireless communications, has continued to deliver on its initiative to open Motorola's branded stores in key markets around the world. The opening of the latest Motorola "Global Flagship Store" in one of the busiest market areas of New Delhi's National Capital Region (NCR) adds to the existing Motorola Flagship stores already open in Shanghai and Moscow. The opening was further supported by the simultaneous launch of a concept MOTOSTORE in the country's capital and adds to the over 350 Motorola branded locations spread throughout Asia Pacific, Europe, India and Latin America.

MOTOROLA INDIA

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Photo: Malcolm Dawe of Motorola and Soha Ali Khan. (Motorola, Inc.) |GlobalGiants.com|

Motorola has spent the last two years deeply engaged in a global research and development effort around the new retail concept, and as a result has come up with an approach that is centered around the consumer.

Fun is a core element of the stores, offering users an opportunity to personalize their phones using laser etching and customized Motorola "phone tattoos," as well as unique in-store training programs and on-site factory authorized technicians to aid with questions and any necessary service. |GlobalGiants.com|


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April 20, 2007

Kellogg Company: Rice Krispies Operation Spark : GlobalGiants.com

KELLOGG COMPANY RALPH


Photo: Kids music star Ralph Covert, left, star of TV's "Ralph's World," plays as Laim Newman, 3, dances along with 'Crackle,' left rear, and 'Pop," right rear, at the launch of Rice Krispies Operation Spark at the Children's Museum of Manhattan in New York, Thursday, April 19, 2007. Operation Spark is aimed to educate moms with simple ways to add more quality to the times they spend with their children. (Kellogg Company, Ray Stubblebine) |GlobalGiants.com|


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Artists From All Over the World Share Their Interpretations of Love : GlobalGiants.com

Nordstrom Exhibit Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

NORDSTROM ART


Photo: Aki Sogabe, Grandpa, 2007. |GlobalGiants.com|

SEATTLE -- During the month of May, Nordstrom is bringing together the work of artists from all over the globe. From communities spanning Seattle to Tokyo and Santa Fe to San Diego, and with backgrounds as diverse as graphic design and ancient paper cutting, these artists are coming together with one common goal: to celebrate diversity and marry their art under the theme of love.

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Nordstrom has selected a talented group of 17 Asian American artists to share their interpretations of love in an exhibit called Love Now. The exhibit will be displayed in select Nordstrom stores and online at Nordstrom.com throughout the month of May.

The Love Now exhibit celebrates both accomplished and up-and-coming Asian- American artists. Their award-winning art has appeared in magazines, books, board games, galleries and ad campaigns, and their biographies are as diverse as their techniques and media.

Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the leading fashion specialty retailers, with 155 U.S. stores located in 27 states. Nordstrom also operates 36 Faconnable boutiques in Europe. |GlobalGiants.com|


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April 17, 2007

MEN'S VOGUE: ROGER FEDERER : GlobalGiants.com

MEN VOGUE


Photo: ROGER FEDERER ON MAY/JUNE COVER OF MEN'S VOGUE. (Men's Vogue) |GlobalGiants.com|


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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: 91st Annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music : GlobalGiants.com

PULITZER PRIZE 2007


NEW YORK, April 17 -- The 91st annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, were announced yesterday by Columbia University.

Founded in 1754 as King's College, Columbia University in the City of New York is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and today is one of the world's leading academic and research institutions. |GlobalGiants.com|

The winners in each category, along with the names of the finalists in the competition, follow:

A. PRIZES IN JOURNALISM

1. PUBLIC SERVICE

For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper through the use of its journalistic resources which, as well as reporting, may include editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics and online material, a gold medal.

Awarded to The Wall Street Journal for its creative and comprehensive probe into backdated stock options for business executives that triggered investigations, the ouster of top officials and widespread change in corporate America.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Birmingham (Ala.) News for the work of Brett Blackledge that exposed cronyism and corruption in the state's two-year college system, resulting in the dismissal of the chancellor and other corrective action (Moved by the Board to the Investigative Reporting category), and The Washington Post for its extensive examination of waste and abuse in the nation's farm subsidy system, prodding Congress to address the need for fundamental reform.

2. BREAKING NEWS REPORTING

For a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news, presented in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to the Staff of The Oregonian, Portland, for its skillful and tenacious coverage of a family missing in the Oregon mountains, telling the tragic story both in print and online.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Staff of The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky., for its clear and authoritative reporting on the crash of a Comair commuter jet that killed 49 people, and The Denver Post Staff for its compelling and notably human coverage of back-to-back blizzards that trapped travelers and paralyzed the region.

3. INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

For a distinguished example of investigative reporting by an individual or team, presented as a single article or series, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Brett Blackledge of The Birmingham (Ala.) News for his exposure of cronyism and corruption in the state's two-year college system, resulting in the dismissal of the chancellor and other corrective action. (Moved by the Board from the Public Service category.)

Nominated as finalists in this category were: Ken Armstrong, Justin Mayo and Steve Miletich of The Seattle Times for their series that exposed how the improper sealing of hundreds of lawsuits hid information vital to public safety, and resulted in remedial judicial steps; Michael J. Berens, Julia Sommerfeld and Carol Ostrom of The Seattle Times for their probe of sexual misconduct by health-care professionals that included creation of an extensive online database of offenders and caused a tightening of state regulation; and Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman of The Hartford Courant for their in-depth reports on suicide among American soldiers in Iraq, leading to congressional and military action to address mental health problems raised in the stories.

4. EXPLANATORY REPORTING

For a distinguished example of explanatory reporting that illuminates a significant and complex subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, lucid writing and clear presentation, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Kenneth R. Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and Rick Loomis of the Los Angeles Times for their richly portrayed reports on the world's distressed oceans, telling the story in print and online, and stirring reaction among readers and officials.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Joanne Kimberlin and Bill Sizemore of The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, for their provocative examination of the United States' increasing reliance on private military personnel, and The New York Times Staff for its multi-faceted explanation of the growing menace of diabetes, especially among the poor and vulnerable, that elicited a range of public and private responses.

5. LOCAL REPORTING

For a distinguished example of local reporting that illuminates significant issues or concerns, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Debbie Cenziper of The Miami Herald for reports on waste, favoritism and lack of oversight at the Miami housing agency that resulted in dismissals, investigations and prosecutions.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Boston Globe Staff for its well documented exposure, in print and online, of unscrupulous debt collectors, causing two firms to close and prompting action by state officials, and Fred Schulte and June Arney of The Baltimore Sun for their reports, in print and online, about abuses under an archaic state law that threatened to turn hundreds out of their homes.

6. NATIONAL REPORTING

For a distinguished example of reporting on national affairs, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Charlie Savage of The Boston Globe for his revelations that President Bush often used "signing statements" to assert his controversial right to bypass provisions of new laws.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Maurice Possley and Steve Mills of the Chicago Tribune for their investigation of a 1989 execution in Texas that strongly suggests an innocent man was killed by lethal injection, and Les Zaitz, Jeff Kosseff and Bryan Denson of The Oregonian, Portland, for their disclosure of mismanagement and other abuses in federally- subsidized programs for disabled workers, stirring congressional action.

7. INTERNATIONAL REPORTING

For a distinguished example of reporting on international affairs, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to The Wall Street Journal Staff for its sharply edged reports on the adverse impact of China's booming capitalism on conditions ranging from inequality to pollution.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Los Angeles Times Staff for its courageous chronicling of Iraq's descent into what the newspaper labeled "civil war," and Anthony Shadid of The Washington Post for his vivid and insightful coverage of conflict in Lebanon that wove together frontline dispatches, personal history and analysis.

8. FEATURE WRITING

For a distinguished example of feature writing giving prime consideration to quality of writing, originality and concision, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Andrea Elliott of The New York Times for her intimate, richly textured portrait of an immigrant imam striving to find his way and serve his faithful in America.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Christopher Goffard of the St. Petersburg Times for his fresh and compelling stories about a young public defender and his daily challenges, and Inara Verzemnieks of The Oregonian, Portland, for her witty and perceptive portfolio of features on an array of everyday topics.

9. COMMENTARY

For distinguished commentary, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Cynthia Tucker of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for her courageous, clear-headed columns that evince a strong sense of morality and persuasive knowledge of the community.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post for her intelligent and incisive commentary on a range of subjects, using a voice that can be serious or playful, and Joe Nocera of The New York Times for his piercing, authoritative columns on business, often spotlighting misdeeds and flaws in corporate culture.

10. CRITICISM

For distinguished criticism, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Jonathan Gold of LA Weekly for his zestful, wide ranging restaurant reviews, expressing the delight of an erudite eater.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times for his pieces on art that reflect meticulous reporting, aesthetic judgment and authoritative voice, and Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times for his passionate music criticism, marked by resonant writing and an ability to give life to the people behind a performance.

11. EDITORIAL WRITING

For distinguished editorial writing, the test of excellence being clearness of style, moral purpose, sound reasoning, and power to influence public opinion in what the writer conceives to be the right direction, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to the Editorial Board of the New York Daily News for its compassionate and compelling editorials on behalf of Ground Zero workers whose health problems were neglected by the city and the nation.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Jane Healy of The Orlando Sentinel for her persuasive heavily reported editorials on development projects that imperiled Florida's wetlands and wildlife, and Sebastian Mallaby of The Washington Post for his eloquent, rigorously researched editorials on rising inequality in America.

12. EDITORIAL CARTOONING

For a distinguished cartoon or portfolio of cartoons published during the year, characterized by originality, editorial effectiveness, quality of drawing and pictorial effect, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Walt Handelsman of Newsday, Long Island, N.Y., for his stark, sophisticated cartoons and his impressive use of zany animation.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Nick Anderson of The Houston Chronicle for his pungent cartoons on an array of issues, and for his bold use of animation, and Mike Thompson of the Detroit Free Press for his compelling cartoons that rely on rich detail and deft caricature to make their point and for using animation to widen his impact.

13. BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY

For a distinguished example of breaking news photography in black and white or color, which may consist of a photograph or photographs, a sequence or an album, in print or online or both, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Oded Balilty of The Associated Press for his powerful photograph of a lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces as they remove illegal settlers in the West Bank.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Associated Press Staff for its breathtaking images of brutal warfare between Israel and Hezbollah, and Michael Bryant of The Philadelphia Inquirer for his poignant photographs of the devastating injury to Barbaro, the famed racehorse.

14. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

For a distinguished example of feature photography in black and white or color, which may consist of a photograph or photographs, a sequence or an album, in print or in print and online, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Renee C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee for her intimate portrayal of a single mother and her young son as he loses his battle with cancer.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: Mary F. Calvert of The Washington Times for her haunting depiction of sub-Sahara African women afflicted with fistula after childbirth, and Gary Coronado of The Palm Beach Post for his vivid images of Central Americans who, desperate to enter America illegally, risk their lives leaping on Mexican freight trains rumbling northward.

B. LETTERS AND DRAMA PRIZES

1. FICTION

For distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy (Alfred A. Knopf).

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "After This" by Alice McDermott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and "The Echo Maker" by Richard Powers (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

2. DRAMA

For a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to "Rabbit Hole" by David Lindsay-Abaire

Nominated as finalists in this category were: "Orpheus X" by Rinde Eckert, "Bulrusher" by Eisa Davis, and "Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue" by Quiara Alegria Hudes.

3. HISTORY

For a distinguished book upon the history of the United States, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to "The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation" by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff (Alfred A. Knopf).

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005" by James T. Campbell (The Penguin Press), and "Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War" by Nathaniel Philbrick (Viking).

4. BIOGRAPHY

For a distinguished biography or autobiography by an American author, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to "The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher" by Debby Applegate (Doubleday).

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "John Wilkes: The Scandalous Father of Civil Liberty" by Arthur H. Cash (Yale University Press), and "Andrew Carnegie" by David Nasaw (The Penguin Press).

5. POETRY

For a distinguished volume of original verse by an American author, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to "Native Guard" by Natasha Trethewey (Houghton Mifflin).

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "The Republic of Poetry" by Martin Espada (W.W. Norton), and "Interrogation Palace: New & Selected Poems 1982-2004" by David Wojahn (University of Pittsburgh Press).

6. GENERAL NONFICTION

For a distinguished book of nonfiction by an American author that is not eligible for consideration in any other category, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" by Lawrence Wright (Alfred A. Knopf).

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness" by Pete Earley (G.P. Putnam's Sons), and "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq" by Thomas E. Ricks (The Penguin Press).

C. PRIZE IN MUSIC

For distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to "Sound Grammar" by Ornette Coleman, recording released September 12, 2006.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: "Grendel" by Elliot Goldenthal, premiered June 8, 2006 by the Los Angeles Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, libretto by Julie Taymor and J.D. McClatchy, and "Astral Canticle" by Augusta Read Thomas, premiered June 1, 2006 by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (G. Schirmer, Inc.).

SPECIAL CITATIONS

A Special Citation to Ray Bradbury for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy.

and

Posthumous Special Citation to composer John Coltrane for his masterful improvisation, supreme musicianship and iconic centrality to the history of jazz.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

The 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography to Jahangir Razmi, an Iranian photographer, for his picture of a firing squad in Iran. (The picture was published anonymously around the world in 1979 but the identity of the photographer was unknown until revealed in December, 2006.)

The Pulitzer Prize Board made its recommendations for the 2007 prizes when it met at Columbia on April 12 and 13 and passed them to President Lee C. Bollinger. It announced that the awards would be presented at a luncheon on May 21 at Columbia University.

Thomas L. Friedman, Anders Gyllenhaal and Gregory L. Moore were re-elected to membership on the board.

The members of the Pulitzer Prize Board are:
President Bollinger; Danielle Allen, professor, Department of Classics and Political Science and the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago; Jim Amoss, editor, The New Orleans Times-Picayune; Amanda Bennett, executive editor/enterprise, Bloomberg News; Joann Byrd, former editor of the editorial page, Seattle Post- Intelligencer; Kathleen Carroll, senior vice president and executive editor, Associated Press; Thomas L. Friedman, columnist, The New York Times; Donald E. Graham, chairman, The Washington Post; Anders Gyllenhaal, executive editor, The Miami Herald; Jay T. Harris, director, The Center for the Study of Journalism and Democracy, University of Southern California; David M. Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan professor of history, Stanford University; Nicholas Lemann, dean, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University; Ann Marie Lipinski, senior vice president and editor, Chicago Tribune; Gregory L. Moore, editor, The Denver Post; Richard Oppel, editor, Austin American-Statesman; Michael Pride, editor, Concord (N.H.) Monitor; Paul Steiger, managing editor, The Wall Street Journal (chair); Paul Tash, editor, CEO and chairman, St. Petersburg Times; and Sig Gissler, administrator of the Prizes. |GlobalGiants.com|


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April 16, 2007

Van Morrison's The Best of Van Morrison, Volume 3 to Be Released June 19 by Manhattan/EMI : GlobalGiants.com

2-CD Collection Features 31 Tracks, Including Previously Unreleased Collaborations With Tom Jones and Bobby Bland.

MANHATTAN EMI

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 16 -- Manhattan/EMI Music Catalog Marketing will release The Best of Van Morrison, Volume 3 on June 19. The new 2-CD collection, compiled by Morrison himself, offers a comprehensive overview of his later material. The set's 31 tracks include previously unreleased collaborations with Tom Jones and Bobby Bland, as well as duets with John Lee Hooker, B.B. King and Ray Charles. |GlobalGiants.com|


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2008 Jeep Liberty – All-new From the Ground Up : GlobalGiants.com

All-new 2008 Jeep Liberty remains true to its legendary 4x4 heritage.

Jeep Liberty 2008


Jeep Liberty 2008


Jeep Liberty 2008

The Jeep Liberty has remained a leader in the mid-size sport-utility vehicle (SUV) market since its introduction in 2002.

All-new from the ground up for 2008, the Jeep Liberty remains true to its legendary 4x4 heritage by offering two Jeep Trail Rated four-wheel-drive systems – Command-Trac and the all-new Selec-Trac II. On-road ride and handling have been improved and refined with the new independent front suspension, new five-link rear suspension and rack-and-pinion steering.

The Liberty’s exterior has been redesigned, and takes on a more rugged, classic Jeep look that is sure to captivate the attention of current Jeep Liberty owners and broaden its consumer appeal. |GlobalGiants.com|


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111th Running of the Boston Marathon: April 16th : GlobalGiants.com

Boston Marathon 2007


Photo: The 111th running of the Boston Marathon is taking place today April 16. (Reuters Images) |GlobalGiants.com|


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Infiniti Coupe Concept in Villa D'este Beauty Contest : GlobalGiants.com

INFINITI EUROPE


Photo: Infiniti Coupe Concept, contestant in 2007 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

ROLLE, Switzerland -- The dramatic Infiniti Coupe Concept has been selected to compete in the 2007 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, the most traditional of all beauty contests for classic automobiles and contemporary concept cars.

The annual contest will be held from April 20-23 at the Grand Hotel Villa d'Este on Lake Como, Italy - the site of the Concorso since its origin in 1929.

The Coupe Concept, a design exploration of future Infiniti sports coupe concepts, was created by Nissan Motor Co.'s design headquarters in Atsugi, Japan and was first unveiled at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer at Nissan, will represent the company at the event.

Highlights of the coupe concept's exterior design include a full-length glass panel roof, modulated front fenders, large projector headlights, hidden door handles and large 20-inch, 9-spoke painted aluminum-alloy wheels. The stunning exterior is matched with an elegant interior featuring an Infiniti signature "double-wave" instrument panel, textured aluminum accents and a sweeping center console.

The Infiniti luxury brand was first launched in 1989 in the US. Today it is also sold in Canada, Taiwan, the Middle East, Korea and Russia. Later this year the brand will go on sale in China and the Ukraine. The brand will also be introduced across Europe in the latter half of 2008. |GlobalGiants.com|


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International Organization Licenses Microsoft's New Multicolor Bar Code Technology for Identifying Audiovisual Works : GlobalGiants.com

Consumers and businesses alike expected to benefit from information-bearing capability of new bar code format.

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Photo: Microsoft Corp.'s High Capacity Color Barcode technology, developed within Microsoft Research, assists in identifying commercial audiovisual works such as motion pictures and video games. By scanning the multicolor bar code with a webcam or suitable cell phone camera, consumers can obtain information such as ratings identification, promotions and pricing. The International Standard Audiovisual Number International Agency licensed the bar code and will make it available to other organizations, starting with DVD media, later this year. (Microsoft Corp.) |GlobalGiants.com|

REDMOND, Wash. and GENEVA, April 16 -- Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) and the International Standard Audiovisual Number International Agency (ISAN-IA) today announced an agreement whereby ISAN-IA has licensed Microsoft's new High Capacity Color Barcode (HCCB) technology developed by Microsoft Research to assist in the identification of commercial audiovisual works such as motion pictures, video games, broadcasts, digital video recordings and other media.

The ISAN-IA, which coordinates a globally recognized identification system for audiovisual works, will make the Microsoft(R)-developed bar code available to other organizations for use in tracking, helping protect and manage their audiovisual content. The new multicolor bar code is expected to start appearing on DVD media toward the end of 2007. ISAN-IA also said several of its registration agencies will use the innovative technology to help their customers derive more accountability and value from their media asset libraries. |GlobalGiants.com|


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April 15, 2007

Airbus starts painting first A380 for Singapore Airlines : GlobalGiants.com

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Photo: The first A380 for delivery to programme launch customer Singapore Airlines enters the paint hanger at Airbus’ Hamburg, Germany (April 11) (Airbus S.A.S. 2007 - photographer C. Brinkmann ©) |GlobalGiants.com|

Following timely completion of the cabin installation of the first A380 for Singapore Airlines, Airbus has started the paintwork on this aircraft. The A380 will stay about three weeks in the company's paint-shop in Hamburg/Germany. In addition to the actual painting, most of the other work in the paint-shop is cleaning, grinding, masking and unmasking the 3,100 square metres of surface of the A380.

About 3,600 liters of chromate-free paint is used for three layers of paint (primer, customer-paint, top-coat) for an A380. Only 600 to 1,000 kg of paint stays on the aircraft. Each layer is only measuring about 0.120 mm and is able to withstand differences in temperatures of about 100 degrees Celsius.

Airbus is applying the most modern and environmental friendly techniques for the A380 painting process. Electrostatic pistols are used to minimize paint mist. Used air is cleaned and washed through a multi-stage cleaning process to ensure that paint particles are disposed separately. |GlobalGiants.com|


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HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST: SENATOR JOSEPH BIDEN : GlobalGiants.com

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Photo: Gens. Paul Kern (from left), Charles Krulak and Joseph Hoar, co-chairs of a nonpartisan gathering of retired generals and admirals, discuss U.S. detention and interrogation policies with Senator Joseph Biden (D-Del.). He was the second presidential candidate to meet with the group, which will not issue any endorsements, but seeks to promote policies consistent with American laws, values and interests. The meetings are April 13-15 at Franklin Pierce Law Center inConcord, N.H. (HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST) |GlobalGiants.com|


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