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  1. Christmas - Toys for Tots (Marine Corps Reserve)
      Provides needy children with the simple joy of a new toy for Christmas.

  2. Sailing and Boating Resources (Mariners' Guide)
      Provides information by region in the USA and also includes a search engine for over 1,000 sailing and boating resources.

  3. Marine Life - Sampling and Discovering Microbes (Sorcerer2Expedition.org)
      Provides information on a project designed to find new microbes in the oceans for genetic research.

  4. -05-19-06 Rep. Murtha: Marines Killed Women and Children "In Cold Blood" (CNN News)
      "A decorated Marine colonel turned anti-war congressman has said Marines killed at least 30 innocent Iraqi civilians 'in cold blood' in Haditha in November, suggesting the death toll may be twice as high as originally reported."

      "An Iraqi human rights group, Hammurabi Human Rights Association, caught the scene on video, which was obtained by Time magazine. A criminal investigation ensued." 05-06

  5. 05-25-06 Top Marine: Respect Human Life (CBS News)
      "The top Marine general flew to Iraq on Thursday to caution troops on the danger of becoming 'indifferent to the loss of a human life,' following allegations that Marines in Iraq murdered civilians." 05-06

  6. -06-12-06 Marine Claims He Was Following "Rules of Engagement" (MSNBC News)
      "A sergeant who led a squad of Marines during the incident in Haditha, Iraq, that left as many as 24 civilians dead said his unit did not intentionally target any civilians, followed military rules of engagement and never tried to cover up the shootings, his attorney said." 06-06

  7. -10-15-06 Marine Legal Team Ordered Not to Discuss Gitmo Abuse Allegations (Fox News)
      "A paralegal and a military lawyer who brought forward allegations about prisoner abuse at the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been ordered not to speak with the press, lawyers and a military spokeswoman said Saturday." 10-06

  8. -11-14-06 Top Marine: No Plan for After Saddam (CBS News)
      "As Commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force during the lead-up to the war, Hagee was in charge of planning for the Marines' original push to Baghdad. So I asked him about one of the enduring mysteries of the invasion why there was no real plan for running the country once Saddam Hussein fell from power."

      "Hagee says he asked his boss again and again who would take charge of those cities. He wanted to know what the plan was for Phase IV military terminology for the phase that follows the end of major combat operations. Phase IV is, in other words, what comes after 'mission accomplished.' Hagee says that he sent his questions up the chain of command, as they say in the military and never heard back." 11-06

  9. 12-22-06 Four Marines Charged With Murder in Iraq (New York Times)
      "Four marines were charged yesterday with murder in the killings of two dozen Iraqi civilians, including at least 10 women and children, in the village of Haditha last year, military officials said at Camp Pendleton, Calif." 12-06

  10. Mercury Mariner SUV Hybrid Review (CNET.com)
      "The good: The hybrid power train in the 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid, derived from the Toyota Synergy system, is the best around. Route guidance and features on its navigation system are good, as is the number of sources feeding into the audio system."

      "The bad: The Mariner Hybrid gets pricey for the small SUV market. The maps in the navigation system have poor resolution, and Bluetooth cell phone integration isn't available." 07-07

  11. Mercury Mariner Hybrid (Edmunds.com)
      Provides reviews for the new 2008 model, different from the 2007 model. 07-07

  12. Largest Marine Conservation Site Ever Established (CNN News)
      "Nine sites in the central Pacific will be set as sanctuaries for marine life and bases of research for scientists, President Bush said Tuesday."

      "The sites, designated in three regions of the central Pacific, will make up the largest expanse of ocean set aside for marine conservation in the world: 195,280 square miles." 01-09

  13. -Marines End Role in Iraq (CBS News)
      "The U.S. Marine Corps wrapped nearly seven years in Iraq on Saturday, handing over duties to the Army and signaling the beginning of an accelerated withdrawal of American troops as the U.S. turns its focus away from the waning Iraqi war to a growing one in Afghanistan." 01-10

  14. 08-24-03 U.S. Marines Leave Liberia (CNN News)
      "A force of 150 U.S. Marines has left Liberia and returned to ships sailing near the coast, where they will remain for the immediate future, U.S. military officials told CNN Sunday."

      "The departure of the Quick Reaction Force leaves the peacekeeping mission there in the hands of 1,500 Nigerian troops."

      "The Nigerians are the vanguard of a West African force that is expected to maintain the peace and control the distribution of humanitarian aid throughout the war-torn country, the officials said." 8-03

  15. Whales and Educational Resources (Whalenet)
      Provides a variety of educational links to whales and marine life.

  16. Whales, Sperm (Wikipedia.org)
      "The sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus, is a marine mammal species, order Cetacea, a toothed whale (odontocete) having the largest brain of any animal. The name comes from the milky-white waxy substance, spermaceti, found in the animal's head. The sperm whale is the only living member of genus Physeter. The synonym Physeter catodon refers to the same species. It is one of three extant species in the sperm whale superfamily, along with the pygmy sperm whale and dwarf sperm whale." 03-11

  17. Mantis Shrimp (Blueboard.com)
      Describes the marine crustacean, which is not really a shrimp. Known for its deadly "'mantis-like" front claws. "Smashers" have the striking force of a .22 caliber bullet and can break aquarium glass or do great damage to a hand. "Spearers" can use their front claws as powerful spears that move faster than the human eye can see. Shows the claws of each, as well as the overall structure of the animal.
      "The mantis shrimps are also world-renowned as having the world's most sophisticated vision. According to Dr Justin Marshall, the stomatopod eye 'contains 16 different types of photoreceptors (12 for colour analysis, compared to our 3 cones), colour filters and many polarisation receptors, making it by far the world's most complex retina.' Mantis shrimps can thus see polarized light and 4 colors of UV (ultraviolet) light, and they may also be able to distinguish up to 100,000 colors (compared to the 10,000 seen by human beings)." 1-02

  18. Mantis Shrimp (Woodward)
      Describes the marine crustacean, which is not really a shrimp. Known for its deadly "'mantis-like" front claws. "Smashers" have the striking force of a .22 caliber bullet and can break aquarium glass or do great damage to a hand. "Spearers" can use their front claws as powerful spears that move faster than the human eye can see. 5-01

  19. Sea Cows (About.com - Lundberg)
      Describes the marine animal. 5-01

  20. Sharks - Whale Sharks (Macmillan - Nature)
      Describes the marine animal, the largest known fish. Includes a drawing of the fish. 5-01

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