2008


 
   

Dylan trying his best to work out in my gym

 

Aaron and me hanging out in my sunroom

 

Griffin and I sharing a cold beverage

 

Brittany Fisherkeller became a very good, true and dependable friend this year

The last day of the year celebrating with Ed and Dave at a New Years Eve party in Williamstown

 

Sports History
..Philadelphia Phillies (MBL) . 92 -70

NL East Champs
World Champions
Defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4 games to 1 to win their first title since 1980

..Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) ..42-29-0-11 4th Place, Atlantic Division
Lost in Eastern Conference Finals
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..Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) ..9-6-1 NFC Wild Card Birth...
..Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) ..40-42 Lost in 1st round of the Playoffs...
..Philadelphia Wings (MLL) ..10-6 Lost in Quarterfinals
..Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL Hockey) ..46-27-0-4 Lost In Quartfinals
..Philadelphia Soul (Arena Football) .113-3-0 1st in Conference
Arena Bowl Champions
..Penn State (College Football) 911-2 Big Ten Champions
Lost in Rose Bowl
..Salisbury University (my college) .. National Champions -
Men's Lacrosse ('94, '95, '99, '03, '04, '05, '07, '08)


..Conference Champions -
Football ( ECAC Bowl Champs)
Men's Cross Country
Women's Cross Country
Men's Lacrosse
Men's Soccer
Men's Track & Field
Field Hockey

Women's Lacrosse
Softball
Volleyball


What Happened This Year?

January

01 - Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens in Baghdad: In the worst attack in Iraq in months, a suicide bomber kills 30 people at a home where mourners were paying their respects to the family of a man killed in a car bomb. The Iraqi military blames the attack on al-Qaeda in Iraq.

02 - U.S. Attorney General Opens Investigation into Destroyed Tapes: Michael Mukasey orders a formal criminal investigation into the destruction in 2005 of CIA videotapes of the interrogation of two al-Qaeda suspects. The tapes, from 2002, reportedly included agency operatives using harsh interrogation techniques. Federal prosecutor John Durham is chosen to head the inquiry.

10 - U.S. Drops Dozens of Bombs Near Baghdad: Air attacks, in which about 40,000 pounds of bombs are dropped, target insurgents linked to al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia on the outskirts of southern Baghdad.

21 - Markets Plunge Around the World: Responding to fears that the U.S. is headed for an imminent recession, stock markets fall drastically in Frankfurt, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Paris, London, and other major cities in Europe and Asia.

22 - Federal Reserve Slashes Interest Rates: In response to the plunge in markets around the world, the Federal Reserve bank cuts interest rates by .75%, the largest single-day reduction in the bank's history.

24 - Italy's Government Collapses: Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigns after losing a confidence vote in the senate. He survived one a day earlier in the lower house.

31 - U.S. Strike Kills al-Qaeda Leader: The United States announces that Abu Laith al-Libi, a senior commander of al-Qaeda who recruited and trained operatives, was killed in a missile strike in northwest Pakistan.


February

10 - Four Art Masterpieces Stolen: Three men wearing ski masks steal four pieces of artwork from the Zurich Museum in one of the largest art robberies in history. In broad daylight, the robbers took a Cezanne, a Degas, a van Gogh, and a Monet, with a combined worth of $163 million. (Feb. 18): Two of the paintings, the Monet and the van Gogh, are found in perfect condition in the backseat of an unlocked car in Zurich.

12 - Writers' Strike Ends: A tentative three-year deal with production companies is approved, ending the three-month Writers' Guild of America strike that began on Nov. 5, 2007, and cost the entertainment industry over $2 billion.

14 - Immigration Smuggling Ring Broken: Immigration authorities in Phoenix, Arizona, arrest 20 people involved in an illegal immigrant smuggling ring. Officers also detain 210 illegal immigrants and discover 13 houses used as way stations in immigrant trafficking.

19 - Castro Resigns as President of Cuba: Fidel Castro, who temporarily handed power to his brother Raúl in July 2006 when he fell ill, permanently steps down after 49 years in power

March

04 - McCain Secures Nomination: After primary wins in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont, John McCain has enough delegates to become the Republican presidential nominee. Mike Huckabee drops out of the race.

06 - Eight Students Killed at Jerusalem Seminary: A Palestinian gunman from East Jerusalem fires hundreds of rounds of automatic weapons fire at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem, killing eight students. The attack is the most deadly on Israeli citizens in two years

23 - U.S. Suffers 4,000th Death in Iraq: A roadside bomb in Baghdad kills four U.S. soldiers, bringing the death toll of American troops to 4,000. President Bush said of the losses, "I have vowed in the past, and I will vow so long as I'm president, to make sure that those lives were not lost in vain, that, in fact, there is an outcome that will merit the sacrifice."

April

03 - NATO Invites Two Countries to Join Alliance: Leaders of NATO invite Croatia and Albania to become part of the alliance. Once admitted, NATO will include 28 countries. Greece vetoes the invitation to Macedonia, and despite lobbying by the U.S., Ukraine and Georgia are also denied membership.

06 - Olympic Torch Relay Draws Protests: Dozens of human rights protesters are arrested in London after they clash with police who line the route of the Olympic torch relay.

07 - The torch is extinguished several times during the Paris leg of the relay.

10 - Senate Passes Housing Relief Bill: In an attempt to help homeowners on the brink of foreclosure, the Senate approves, 84 to 12, a measure that gives a $7,000 tax credit to people who buy foreclosed houses, provides $150 million to counsel home buyers, and allocates $4 billion to localities that purchase foreclosed buildings. The bill, which would cost about $15 billion over 10 years, is criticized for also giving tax breaks to home builders, automakers, airlines, and other industries.

15 - Pope Denounces Pedophile Priests: During his first visit to the United States, Benedict XVI says he is "deeply ashamed" by the scandal that has rocked the Catholic church in recent years. "It's difficult for me to understand how it was possible that priests betrayed in this way their mission to give healing, to give the love of God to these children," he said.

17 - Benedict XVI celebrates a mass before 46,000 people at Washington Nationals stadium in Washington, DC. He later holds a suprise meeting with several victims of sexual abuse by priests in the Boston archdiocese.

20 - Woman Wins Indy Race: Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first woman to win an IndyCar race.

May

01 - U.S. Missile Kills Top Militia Leader in Somalia: American officials say Aden Hashi Ayro, leader of Shabab, an Islamic militant group with ties to al-Qaeda, was killed in a missile attack. U.S. intelligence officers had been tracking him for several weeks.

03 - Microsoft Withdraws Bid for Yahoo: After Yahoo rejects Microsoft's offer of $33 per share, or about $47.5 billion, up from $29.40 a share, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer announces the company has rescinded its offer.

07 - New President of Russia Is Sworn In: Dmitri Medvedev succeeds Vladimir Putin as the president of Russia. Although he's a Putin loyalist, Medvedev is said to be moderate and pro-Western.

08 - Parliament elects Putin, head of the United Russia party, as prime minister.

20 - Kennedy Diagnosed with a Brain Tumor: Senator Edward Kennedy, a Democrat from Massachusetts who's been in office since 1963, is diagnosed with a malignant glioma.

June

03 - Obama Secures the Democratic Nomination: On the final day of the 2008 primary season, Sen. Barack Obama secures 2,154 delegates and becomes the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. He's the first black candidate to head a major party ticket in a presidential election. Hillary Clinton does not withdraw from the race, but is expected to in the coming days.

05 - Sept. 11 Suspects Are Arraigned: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who has claimed to have organized the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the U.S., and four others involved in the planning, face a tribunal for the first time at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. All five defendants say they will defend themselves.

06 - Unemployment Rate Spikes: The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the jobless rate increases from 5% to 5.5%, the biggest monthly increase in 22 years.

21 - Hundreds Are Killed by Typhoon in the Philippines: More than 800 people die when a ferry is struck by Typhoon Fengshen. About 500 other people die during the storm.

27 - Gates Ends Day-to-Day Work at Microsoft: Bill Gates remains chairman of the software giant, but he will no longer work at the company full time. Instead, he will devote more time to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

30 - U.S. Army Faults Itself in Report on Post-Hussein Iraq: In 700-page study called "On Point II: Transition to the New Campaign," the Army says that while it was capable of toppling Saddam Hussein, it was not equipped to rebuild Iraq into a functional country.

July

02 - Hostages Are Freed in Colombia: After being held for nearly six years by FARC rebels, 15 hostages, including three U.S. military contractors and French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt, are freed by commandos who infiltrated FARC's leadership.

14 - International Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Sudanese President: Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, formally charges Sudan's president Omar Hassan al-Bashir, with genocide for planning and executing the decimation of Darfur's three main ethnic tribes: the Fur, the Masalit, and the Zaghawa. Moreno-Ocampo also says Bashir "purposefully targeted civilians" and used "rapes, hunger, and fear" to terrorize civilians. Many observers fear that Bashir will respond to the charges with further violence.

25 - California Bans Trans Fats in Restaurants: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs a law that prohibits the use of hydrogenated oils in the state's 88,000 restaurants. The law goes into effect in 2010.

August

01 -Several Climbers Die on K2: Eleven mountain climbers are killed when a large mass of ice breaks and causes an avalanche on the world's second-highest mountain, in northern Pakistan. It is the deadliest climbing accident on K2 since 1986.

04 - Policemen Are Killed in Terrorist Attack in China: Chinese officials say two members of the East Turkestan Independence Movement, a Muslim group based in western China, drive a truck into a group of police officers who were jogging, then throw explosives and stab them. Sixteen police officers die and another 16 are wounded. The attack raises concerns about the upcoming Summer Games.

08 - The Summer Games Open with a Spectacular Ceremony and Tragedy): The Games open in Beijing with 14,000 performers and 91,000 spectators in the National Stadium. Dancing, music, and fireworks entertain 840 million television viewers worldwide. A Chinese man stabs an American couple midday on the second floor of an ancient tower in Beijing, killing the husband and injuring the wife. The victim, Todd Bachman, was the father-in-law of Hugh McCutcheon, the head indoor men's volleyball coach.

13 - U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps wins his 11th career gold medal, becoming the first athlete in Olympic history to do so.

17 - Michael Phelps wins his eighth gold medal, breaking the record set by Mark Spitz in the 1972 Games. Phelps also sets the record for the most golds in a single Olympics.

22 - Iraq and the U.S. Agrees on Timeframe for Troop Pullout: The U.S. says it will withdraw combat troops from Iraqi cities by June 2009, followed by the removal of all combat troops by the end of 2011 as long as Iraq is stable and secure. The draft deal is part of a security pact that governs U.S. involvement in Iraq.

29 - McCain Chooses Outsider as Running Mate: The day after Sen. Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for president, Republican John McCain names Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, as his pick for vice president. The selection comes as a surprise and is an apparent attempt to woo women voters and those who are concerned that a McCain administration will be a continuation of the Bush years.

30 - New Orleans Residents Prepare for Hurricane: One day after the third anniversary of the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin orders residents to begin leaving the city as Hurricane Gustav makes its way toward Louisiana.

September

01 - Japanese Prime Minister Resigns: Yasuo Fukuda, who has been in office barely a year, announces that he will step down when his party, the Liberal Democrats, select his successor. In June 2008, the upper house of Parliament, which is controlled by the opposition, censured Fukuda, citing his mismanagement of domestic issues. The lower house, however, supported him in a vote of confidence.

03 - Detroit Mayor Steps Down: As part of a plea deal, Kwame M. Kilpatrick pleads guilty to two felony charges of obstruction of justice and agrees to resign from office, serve four months in jail, and pay $1 million in restitution to end a scandal stemming from his attempts to conceal a past affair with his former chief of staff.

05 - Unemployment Rate Reaches Highest Level in Five Years: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the jobless rate in the U.S. hits 6.1%, the highest point since 2003. Some 84,000 people lost jobs in August.

17 - Two Bombs Explode at U.S. Embassy in Yemen: A car bomb and a rocket hit the U.S. Embassy in Yemen as staff arrived to work, killing 16 people, including four civilians. At least 25 suspected al-Qaeda militants are arrested in connection with the attack.

26 - Presidential Candidates Face Off in First Debate: At the end of a tumultuous week in which the country's financial system teetered on the brink of collapse, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama agree that the government should intervene in the crisis, but conditions and safeguards must be included in any bailout package. Obama blames the Bush adminstration's failed economic policy for the turmoil. On foreign policy, the candidates attack each other over the war in Iraq. McCain lashes out at Obama for not supporting the surge of troops that has led to a decrease in violence in Iraq. The debate, which takes place at the University of Mississippi, was up in the air until midday, as McCain had said that he would not participate in the debate in order to focus on the national financial crisis.

27 - Chinese Astronaut Makes First Spacewalk: Zhai Zhigang steps out of the Shenzhou VII spacecraft and enters outer space, performing the first spacewalk by a Chinese astronaut.

October

01 - Iraq Takes Control of Awakening Councils: The Iraqi government takes command of 54,000 mainly Sunni fighters from the U.S., which had been paying the fighters for their support. The fighters, members of awakening councils, turned against al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia in 2007 and began siding with the U.S.

01 - Senate Approves Nuclear Deal with India: Votes, 86 to 13, to end the ban on trading nuclear fuel with India. In passing the measure, the Senate ratifies the agreement, which will allow India to buy nuclear fuel on the world market for its reactors as long as it uses the fuel for civilian purposes only. India has agreed to give international inspectors access to its 14 civilian nuclear plants. Eight military facilities, however, will remain outside the purview of inspectors. The ban was imposed by the U.S. in 1974 after India tested a nuclear weapon.

03 - Economy Suffers Huge Job Losses in September: The Labor Department reports that 159,000 jobs were lost in September, the most in five years.

26 - U.S. Troops Launch an Air Attack into Syria: American Special Operations Forces kill a leader of al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia in a helicopter attack in Syria, near the Iraqi border. U.S. officials say the militant, Abu Ghadiya, has smuggled weapons, money, and fighters into Iraq from Syria.

27 - Fighting Intensifies in Congo: After capturing the major army base of Rumangaboebel, rebel forces in the northeast part of the country who are loyal to a Tutsi general, Laurent Nkunda, advance toward Goma, the capital of North Kivu province. Angry civilians attack UN peacekeeping troops, frustrated that they were not able to thwart the rebels. About 250,000 civilians have fled their homes since a peace accord fell apart in August.

November

04 - Barack Obama Is Elected President: In an election that is historic on many levels, Democratic senator Barack Obama wins the presidential election against Sen. John McCain, taking 338 electoral votes to McCain's 161. Obama's victory is assured after winning crucial swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. In addition, Indiana and Virginia vote for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1964. Obama is the first African American to be elected president of the United States. He will inherit a country facing two wars and an economy in tatters. Sen. John McCain delivers a gracious concession speech that focuses on the historic significance of Obama's win. Democrats increase their majority in the House and pick up five seats in the Senate.

05 - Russian President Sends a Warning to Obama: The day after Sen. Barack Obama is elected president of the United States, Russian president Dmitri Medvedev delivers a speech in Moscow in which he says he will deploy short-range missiles near Poland that could reach NATO countries if the U.S. installs a missile-defense system in Europe.

18 - Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker: The Saudi oil tanker, anchored about 480 miles off the coast of Somalia, is loaded with some two million barrels of oil, worth about $100 million. It is the first time pirates have seized an oil tanker. Piracy in the area has been occurring with increased frequency in 2008.

19 - Stock Market Tumbles Again: The Dow Jones falls 5.1%, or 427.47 points, to 7,997.28. It is the first time since 2003 that it has fallen below 8,000. The decline coincides with a report from the Labor Department indicating that the Consumer Price Index fell by one percentage point in October, the steepest one-month drop since the index debuted in 1947.

December

01 - Dow Plunges Amid Report That Economy Is in Recession: The Dow Jones Industrial Average drops 680 points after the National Bureau of Economic Research announces that the U.S has been in recession since Dec. 2007 and the release of a report indicating that U.S. manufacturing has hit a 26-year low.

08 - Organizers of Sept. 11 Attacks Say They Will Plead Guilty: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, suspected of being the mastermind of the attacks, and four codefendents tell the military judge at Guantanamo Bay that they want to confess to all charges of murder and war crimes. The judge, Col. Stephen Henley, tells prosecutors that they must report back on whether the suspects can be sentenced to death without being found guilty by a military jury.