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Archived discussion for March 2006 from Wikipedia:In the news section on the Main Page/Candidates.

March 31, 2006

March 30, 2006

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  • Not on MainPage 'coz it's too short. If there isn't much to write about, how notable is this tragedy ? I just posted this on Current events (See ITN guideline #1). Hope this page can grow from the 2 sentences it has right now into a decent article. -- PFHLai 05:55, 31 March 2006 (UTC) Apparently, I can't count.... It actually has 3 sentences. -- PFHLai 16:51, 31 March 2006 (UTC)
It does have more than 3 lines now. Please take a look. - Ganeshk (talk) 00:48, 1 April 2006 (UTC)

March 29, 2006

  • Article not updated yet. -- PFHLai 18:06, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Now posted, but the update was just a one-liner.... oh, well.... -- PFHLai 18:21, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
  • ESPN REPORTS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE FORMAL INVESTIGATION INTO BARRY BONDS' ALLEGED STEROID USE
    • OMG! READ THE GUIDELINES ON WHAT IS NEEDED FOR A CANDIDATE TO BE ON ITN! AND ALSO SIGN YOUR COMMENTS! --GOLBEZ 03:31, 30 MARCH 2006 (utc)

March 28, 2006

  • Posted a shorter version. Did not mention asylum yet, will wait till it's clear where he's going. -- PFHLai 14:43, 28 March 2006 (UTC)

March 27, 2006

  • Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called "20th 9/11 hijacker" surprises a Virginia courtroom with the revelation that he and "shoe bomber" Richard Reid were intended by Al-Qaeda to crash a hijacked airplane into the White House in the attacks of September 11, 2001. --Saforrest 22:36, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
    • Posting. --Golbez 22:56, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
      • Wait, strike that. The article isn't update, which is annoying, as I figured this would have been updated very quickly. --Golbez 23:00, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
        • Updated now. Sorry, I didn't even think to check the article before, I just assumed it would be updated instantaneously! I'm shocked I was the first one. --Saforrest 00:48, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
          • Posted a shorter version. I've added it to Current events as well. -- PFHLai 14:45, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
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March 26, 2006

  • Updated (not by me). -- PFHLai 05:41, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
  • I am dismayed that exactly the same comment I made yesterday is still applicable almost 30 hours later -- I guess this is rocket science 8-( :
"How about inserting <br><br> (two line breaks) before all text, to start text below the rocket photo? As it is, the layout looks very unpresentable. Is there some other place I should be bringing this up?"
--67-21-48-122 21:27, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Posted. -- PFHLai 22:44, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

IT STARTS WITH AN IDEA All great things in life start with an idea. On 26 April 2006, World Intellectual Property Day takes place again.

The day is intended to make you aware of how intellectual property touches your daily life - how copyright helps to bring music to your ears and art to your eyes; how industrial design shapes your world, and how trade marks indicate quality; how patenting promotes ingenious inventions that make life easier, faster and safer, and sometimes radically change your way of living.Gregorydavid 09:14, 25 March 2006 (UTC)

Please stop nominating trivial fake holidays for ITN. --Golbez 09:49, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
  • ITN only takes news headlines of current events, not reminders for observances a month from now. -- PFHLai 23:11, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Not posted, a bit late now. The Commonwealth Games closing is now the top news. -- PFHLai 23:17, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
  • At the time of posting it was (relevant). I suggest unprotecting the page so relevant news can be posted, like this, so we don't have to wait around for admins for ages (around 17 hours for this post to get a reply).
  • Not going to happen. It used to be open for anyone to edit, but someone had the bright idea of adding large images of penises to it. Protecting Wikipedia's reputation is more important than adding news items in a timely fashion. --Golbez 09:27, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
  • The 12th ? Not sure if this is notable enough. I might consider it if Lee breaks the record with the most wickets ever..., etc. -- PFHLai 23:17, 26 March 2006 (UTC)
Well, that ain't gonn happen - he's 450 short and the leader is still playing (in the same team). But 200 is considered a fine achievement, and newsworthy in this sport. Darcyj 00:50, 27 March 2006 (UTC)
Like many other fine achievements in sport, it's very welcome on the Current Events Sports page, but not here. --Golbez 01:42, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

March 25, 2006

  • The SpaceX Falcon 1 privately-owned space launch vehicle was lost shortly after lift-off from the Omelek Island launch facility on its maiden voyage. MSNBC Reuters --MCB 17:57, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
    • Better than World IP day. Posting, mainly because the article is well updated. --Golbez 18:34, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
      • How about inserting <br><br> (two line breaks) before all text, to start text below the rocket photo? As it is, the layout looks very unpresentable. Is there some other place I should be bringing this up?
        --67-21-48-122 16:20, 26 March 2006 (UTC)

March 24, 2006

  • Afghanistan citizen Abdul Rahman faces death penalty after being charged with apostasy from Islam, which is a capital crime in Islamic law. Pecher Talk 11:08, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
    • An interesting story; I'm not sure if it's good til his sentence is either commuted or carried out, but damn that's a big article. I think I'll put it up there just to show how fast we can whip up an article like this. Posting. --Golbez 19:43, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
      • The breaking news on the top of www.cnn.com is saying that officials are saying he will be released in a few days. I will post a link to the article when CNN posts one. youngamerican (talk) 19:52, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
        • Even better, I found a story from the BBC. [2] youngamerican (talk) 19:54, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
          • I also upadate the main article with this development. Not sure on how to adjust the posted ITN listing. youngamerican (talk) 20:04, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
            • The article only says that they're only considering it. --Golbez 21:14, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
              • I was mainly bringing it to the attention of the admins that hang out here, as the ITN headline may become outdated before the story gets bumped off ITN. youngamerican (talk) 21:21, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
                • Please Remove this piece of news!!! It's misleading! Most news agencies (CNN, Euronews) are saying that the man is likely to be realeased. CG 09:16, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
                  • Nothing in it is inaccurate. He could potentially face execution, and they are saying he is LIKELY to be released, but it has yet to happen. --Golbez 09:51, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
  • In Belarus riot police brutally destroyed tent camp of protesters against falsified elections. More than 400 detained. --Monk 06:41, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
    • I see no corresponding update in the bolded article. --Golbez 15:37, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
      • Done by now. --tickle me 22:52, 24 March 2006 (UTC)
        • The strings "400" and "four hundred" do not appear in the article; the only mention of "tent camp" is to say how many people are left in it. While the article may have been updated, this ITN proposal does not seem to match it, unless you mean "Despite this, early Friday morning riot police were dispatched to the site of the protest and over 200 arrests were made, effectively dismantling the demonstration" which mentions no brutality or destruction. --Golbez 23:08, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

March 23, 2006

  • ITN does not take holidays and observances. Please create the wikiarticle and post a link at "Upcoming holidays and observances" on the right side of Current events early March 2007. -- 199.71.174.100 23:19, 23 March 2006 (UTC) And also March 23#Holidays and observances, but you can add this whenever the page is created. Thanks. -- 199.71.174.100 23:23, 23 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Boni Yayi wins the Beninese presidential election
    • A valid submission (I feel like I need to say that, considering how many I reject); however, according to the updated article, Benin uses a multi-round election system requiring a further round if no candidate receives a majority. Since he merely won the first round, but with only 35% of the vote, he has not won, and therefore, we should hold off until there is an actual winner. --Golbez 01:59, 23 March 2006 (UTC)
      • They don't have the exact stats, but they do note that a runoff was held March 19, which Yayi won with 75% of the vote. --Kitch 15:52, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

March 22, 2006

March 19, 2006

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  • Mass protest against Belarus poll, the revolution has started. Ak47K
  • Where's the bolded link? joturner 21:28, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
  • here is a pretty good link - schrandit 18:03, 19 March 2006 (EST)

March 18, 2006

March 17, 2006

Salah ad Din Governorate, Iraq
Hardly news of international significance, and where is the updated article? Batmanand | Talk 00:27, 17 March 2006 (UTC)
I agree. A mere nomination of a minor governor (sorry, Idaho) to a minor cabinet post is not really ITN worthy. --Golbez 04:45, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

March 16, 2006

(3 charged. one is appearing in court today for soliciting murder and stirring up racial hatred. 2 others were charged with racial hatred offences. a further 2 were also arrested & both are head/prominent in extremist UK islamist groups. This is one of the top stories on google news & we cover it well. see http://news.google.co.uk/news?ncft=2&t=1142491882#s_2)Veej 06:01, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
  • When the demonstrations took place last month, it was an international incident. The recent developments, however, appear to be local law enforcement issues after the fact. I am not sure if these legal proceedings are important enough to go on ITN. I'll pass for now. Maybe another admin can look at this. The page was pretty well updated, though. -- PFHLai 07:58, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Why not. --Golbez 07:58, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
  • The oldest item was six days old, and hey, it probably fits the criteria, though I won't (as I never do) complain if someone else removes it. --Golbez 08:01, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Yeah, the whole story fits the criteria. I'm just not sure about the recent stuffs, which appear to be somewhat like a 'local news' item. Hasn't appeared on news.google.ca or news.google.com.au yet. Maybe google news is slow. I support its inclusion because the article was nicely updated. -- PFHLai 08:17, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
  • This item looks odd next to the UN flag. I've moved it down for now. Is there a PD or GFDL pic of that Danish Embassy in London ? -- PFHLai 08:46, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
  • The old new was international, but this is a local event and does not strike me as ITN worthy. youngamerican (talk) 21:31, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

March 15, 2006

  • Sirhan Sirhan is up for parole decision that may come to Arnold Schwarzenegger who is married to Maria Shriver, Robert F. Kennedy's niece. So there is a conflict of interest if the parole makes it to the hands of Governor Schwarzenegger.
    • Interesting, but I dunno if we should put that until Schwarzenegger actually has to abstain from the decision because of the conflict of interest. THAT would be news. --Golbez 04:19, 15 March 2006 (UTC)

March 14, 2006

  • Former president of Estonia, Lennart Meri dies. [5]
    This should be removed. Only deaths that merit a new article for the funeral, or that have a major effect on current events, should be added, as per the guidelines here. Batmanand | Talk 13:54, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
    The bit where it says '(pictured)' should go after his name, as it is the guy who is pictured, not the death. If that makes sense. Vanky 21:30, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

March 13, 2006

H5N1strain of avian flu has reportedly spread to the African nations of Niger and Cameroon. [6] --gozar 21:50, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

  • And the updated article is...? --Golbez 21:55, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

March 12, 2006

New state flag of Venezuela
  • Venezuela adopts a new flag.
    • We should probably work on the article a bit more, but I think this could be a good item. It's caused significant political controversy there. [7]--Pharos 11:16, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

March 11, 2006

President Michelle Bachelet of Chile

* Michelle Bachelet takes office as the first female President of Chile. BBC

  • Her election win on January 15th was already on ITN (see edit history), do we allow repeaters these days? -- PFHLai 07:39, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
  • do we allow repeaters these days?... I was always against it, anyway ;)--Pharos 11:16, 13 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Back in January, the elections page was the featured page (bolded link). Bachelet's page has gone through quite a number of edits since the election. Now, we can feature Bachelet's page, instead. Does this still count as a repeater ? We need sth to fill up the blank space on the right side of MainPage. -- PFHLai 02:29, 14 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Posted. --PFHLai 12:58, 11 March 2006 (UTC)

March 10, 2006

I wasn't too sure how to word that. Veej 08:40, 10 March 2006 (UTC)

  • I'm not adding it til the updated portion of the article is more than the updated portion of ITN. This is not a guarantee. --Golbez 08:56, 10 March 2006 (UTC)

sorry, never done this before. is this better? Veej 10:18, 10 March 2006 (UTC)

March 9, 2006

March 8, 2006

  • North Korea launches two short range missiles, either as a test or by mistake. - Clarkp 4:05 PST, 8 March 2006
  • Where is the updated article to be featured on MainPage ? Where are the headline and external newslinks on Current events ? -- PFHLai 06:51, 9 March 2006 (UTC)

International Womens Day anniversary 8 March Gregorydavid 09:36, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

  • That article has not been updated. If you want it put in to the anniversaries section, that's done on a different page. --Golbez 14:45, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
  • International Women's Day is indeed in the Anniversaries section. Please post future holiday reminders in the 'Upcoming holidays and observances' section on Current events. (Actually, on the template on the right side of that page.) Thanks. -- PFHLai 18:46, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

March 7, 2006

  • The United States District 26 Republican Primary race is being called for Tom Delay, who has a 56% majority. 70.248.176.145 03:43, 8 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Where's the updated article to be featured on MainPage ? Anyway, the story seems too minor at this point. No one even bothered to post it on Current events. -- PFHLai 18:53, 8 March 2006 (UTC)
  • I agree, winning a primary is almost always not news. The minimum requirement is to have an article on the primary. --Golbez 18:56, 8 March 2006 (UTC)
  • This might have been a ITN-worthy story if he had been defeated (kind of like a de-facto prime minister failing to get his party's nod for a general election), but since he one and nothing has really changed and their is no article to link to, it just isn't appropriate for here. youngamerican (talk) 18:59, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

March 6, 2006

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  • The sentencing trial for Zacarias Moussaoui commences BBC
    • You didn't bold the updated article, and I figure it will be news when he's actually sentenced. --Golbez 21:00, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
  • (ongoing) Negotiations on the Government of Iraq, 2006-2010
    • Do you propose we keep it there for months? --Golbez 21:00, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
      • I'm not sure if this is the right place. I was suggesting it's included in the "ongoing" section on the "current events" page from now until the government is formed or new elections called, which must happen by 12 May 2006. AndrewRT 14:04, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
        • Don't need me to do that then, you can. :) --Golbez 14:45, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
  • The Houston 1836 MLS soccer team renames to the Houston Dynamo in response to criticism over their original name choice from Hispanic residents of Houston. --Kitch 22:35, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
    • While I find this sort-of-interesting personally, U.S. Major League Soccer really isn't of the international (or even national) significance to warrant this for the name change. I guess we can put it up when Real Madrid changes its name if Spain ever goes Republican again.--Pharos 23:15, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
    • Not noteworthy enough. Although, I'm wondering exactly why people thought a year was a suitable name for a team. joturner 03:14, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Kirby Puckett's death. --71.224.68.150 02:19, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
    • In order for deaths to be put on ITN, they must be exceptionally notable. This, to me, is not exceptionally notable. joturner 03:14, 7 March 2006 (UTC)
    • And the death of Christopher Reeve's wife is notable?
      • No, and no one said it was. Thanks for playing! --Golbez 18:56, 7 March 2006 (UTC)

March 4,2006

[[10]] acumen76 19:35, 24 March 2006

    • No updated article, and it's 20 days old. --Golbez 19:42, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

March 3, 2006

March 2, 2006

  • My only change to the news item is that the number 8 should be spelled out. joturner 11:06, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
  • I would suggest "succeeding" instead of "sparked by the resignation of ", and also, mention the name of the country, too. Let's wait for the results.... -- PFHLai 14:43, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Campbell was the winner. [11]. youngamerican (talk) 15:19, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Should it be mentioned as an 8 week (since Kennedy's resignation) or 5 week (since end of nominations) campaign? James Kendall [talk] 22:05, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
  • BBC calls it 'a five week campaign.' [12] --PFHLai 23:43, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
  • Posted a much shorter version. The bit on Kenya is taking up a lot of space. -- PFHLai 23:24, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
  • The US-India Nuclear Deal needs an article. I'm running short of time so would be pleased if someone creates that important article and replaces the obsolete Winter Olympics news with a strategically important news. Idleguy 13:10, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
  • The Olympics are already gone. But, yeah, please start the article. -- PFHLai 14:43, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

March 1, 2006

  • [[13]] Video footage of Bush reciving explicit briefing that the government was not prepared for Katrina.
    • You aren't even trying. --Golbez 04:18, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

I rewrote the article as an encyclopedia piece on the synagogue itself and am suggesting it again for the in the news section. Please note that this is a new article about the history of what was the last remaining Jewish house of worship in an entire Eastern European country. I think this should meet criteria for something worthy of inclusion in the encylopedia and also newsworthy since demolition of the building has happened over the last few days, but maybe I'm wrong. I am new to Wikipedia, and this is my first full article, so I certainly stand to be corrected. note: as you have suggested, I have started something on Wikinews, but it is not so far along elizmr 03:09, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

    • Just for the hell of it, I'm posting this. It's reasonable enough, I'm annoyed that no one responded to my requests on IRC to examine this and comment (since I was afraid I'd post it purely out of sympathy for our discussion below), and I'm annoyed that no one else has apparently looked at this page recently (the above page has been edited once by someone other than you, by an anon IP), so in possibly by first violation of WP:POINT, I'm posting it. --Golbez 13:53, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
      • Thanks for posting it. The anon IP edit was a good one. A source I referenced had a page on Wikipedia already and they bracketed it to make the link active. elizmr 14:20, 2 March 2006 (UTC)

destruction of the last synagogue in Tajikistan elizmr 22:50, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

    • That article needs a lot of work. The title is poor, too. It reads more like a Wikinews article. --Golbez 22:58, 1 March 2006 (UTC)
      • could you make specific suggestions? elizmr 23:02, 1 March 2006 (UTC)
        • The quotes, heck the whole thing, make it look like a news article, rather than an encyclopedia article. Do we have a Wikinews article on this subject? If not, you should try publishing it there, it would be very welcome. I don't know if this particular subject is necessarily encyclopedic, at least not for its own article, but I could certainly be entirely wrong. (It's possible an article on the synagogue ITSELF could be useful, if it's useful, or maybe better, an article on the Palace of Nations that explains about the synagogue. But I don't see the destruction of the synagogue alone being worthy for an article here, but certainly on Wikinews.) --Golbez 23:11, 1 March 2006 (UTC)
        • OK, I thought the forcible destruction of the very last and only synagogue in an entire country by the government of the state was worthy of "in the news" (at least equal to an olympic gold medal winner). I can rewrite the article to make it about the synagogue. elizmr 23:20, 1 March 2006 (UTC)
          • "In the news" is not just what is newsworthy - it's about newsworthy updates to the encyclopedia, which is why an updated article is required. Again, please, try it on Wikinews, and also Current events which is for any news, even those without article updates. --Golbez 23:22, 1 March 2006 (UTC)
            • from your comments to others below it was not at all clear that this was for newsworthy updates to the encyclopedia as opposed to newsworthy events. elizmr 23:43, 1 March 2006 (UTC)
              • My comments below either require an updated article, or require it to be newsworthy. Both aspects are required. According to the article linked at the top of this page, "The In the news section on the Main Page has several purposes, all of which (we hope) support the central purpose of Wikipedia--making a great encyclopedia. The section mentions and links to entries of timely interest that are (and this is crucial) nonetheless encyclopedia articles that have been updated to reflect an important current event - not news items." I welcome any other admin to contradict me on this, I have never challenged someone else putting up a news piece, but personally, I don't think it's quite for ITN. Again, however, try Wikinews. --Golbez 02:10, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
  • The Royal Welsh becomes the first regiment to be formed under the new British Army Infantry structure announced in 2004. Hammersfan 12.25 GMT, 1 March 2006
    • I second - the requiem
    • Perhaps I'm missing what is internationally (even nationally) newsworthy about this? --Golbez 22:31, 1 March 2006 (UTC)
      • Nearly all infantry regiments are to be amalgamated with each other as part of the restructuring of the British Army, thus this regiment is newsworthy as the first. Five of these infantry regiments have/had never been amalagmated in their entire history. The Royal Welch Fusiliers, which formed part of the Royal Welch on 1 March, was formed in 1689. Check the BBC article [14] [15]. SoLando (Talk) 12:12, 2 March 2006 (UTC)
        • I'm not really sold. --Golbez 13:53, 2 March 2006 (UTC)