Presidents' Day -- Remembering two presidents

HERNDON, Va., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Presidents' Day is set aside to recognize the February birthdays of two of our greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. As we honor them this year, it might be interesting to reflect upon the influence one book -- with its very unique perspective -- had upon the latter, written eight years after his birth.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

MLS: D.C. United 3, Montreal 1

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Conor Doyle scored his first MLS goal in the 68th minute Saturday, putting D.C. United on course for a 3-1 victory over Montreal.

MLS: Houston 2, D.C. United 0

HOUSTON, March 2 (UPI) -- D.C. United's James Riley scored an own-goal in the 80th minute to break a scoreless tie Saturday and the Houston Dynamo went on to a 2-0 victory.

MLS: Seattle 1, Chivas USA 1 (tie)

CARSON, Calif., May 27 (UPI) -- David Estrada scored shortly after Seattle had surrendered a second-half goal Saturday, salvaging a 1-1 tie for the Sounders against Chivas USA.

MLS: Philadelphia 1, Chivas USA 0

CARSON, Calif., April 22 (UPI) -- Midfielder Freddy Adu scored in the 40th minute Saturday and Philadelphia held on for a 1-0 win over Chivas USA despite being two men short late.

MLS: Houston 2, Seattle 1

HOUSTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Cam Weaver notched a tie-breaking goal in the 46th minute Saturday and the Houston Dynamo posted a 2-1 win over Seattle.

MLS: D.C. United 3, Seattle 2

SEATTLE, June 11 (UPI) -- Chris Pontius produced a hat trick Thursday and D.C. United survived a late flurry to defeat Seattle 3-2.

MLS: Seattle 2, D.C. United 1

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Fredy Montero scored in the 84th minute Saturday, lifting the Seattle Sounders to a 2-1 win over D.C. United.

MLS: Chivas USA 2, Seattle 0

CARSON, Calif., April 19 (UPI) -- Rookie Chukwudi Chijindu scored his first MLS goal Saturday and Chivas USA beat Seattle 2-0 to and remain undefeated in 2009.

Engineered T cells might help fight HIV

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. and British scientists say they've created T cells able to recognize human immunodeficiency virus strains that have evaded the body's immune system.

MLS: New England 2, San Jose 0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass., May 17 (UPI) -- Kheli Dube scored six minutes into his first Major League Soccer start Saturday to help the New England Revolution post a 2-0 MLS victory over San Jose.

7 U.S. service personnel found

WASHINGTON, April 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Central Command Sunday named seven U.S. service personnel who were found alive in Iraq.

Fort Bliss salutes nine fallen soldiers

FORT BLISS, Texas, April 11 (UPI) -- An Army officer called nine fallen soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company "our loved ones, our heroes" in a final salute Friday to the eight men and one woman killed in an ambush March 23 near near Nasiriyah in southern Iraq.

Fort Bliss tribute to honor soldiers

FORT BLISS, Texas, April 10 (UPI) -- A memorial Friday at Fort Bliss in West Texas will pay tribute to nine soldiers of the Army's 407th Maintenance Co. who were killed in the war with Iraq. Five o

POW families express pride, confidence

FORT HOOD, Texas, March 25 (UPI) -- The families of American POWs expressed pride Tuesday in the soldiers and confidence that they would return safe after the war in Iraq.
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James Riley
The Galaxy's Cobi Jones gets tripped up by the Revolution's James Riley during the MLS Cup November 13, 2005 in Frisco, TX. LA defeated New England 1-0 on overtime to take the title. (UPI Photo/Ian Halperin)

James Riley (1777, Middletown, Conn. – 1840 at sea) was the Captain of the American merchant ship Commerce. He led his crew through the Sahara Desert after they were shipwrecked off the coast of Western Sahara in August 1815, and wrote a book on their ordeal detailing his memoirs. The book was published in 1817 and was originally titled "Authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig Commerce" by the "Late Master and Supercargo" James Riley, modernly republished as Sufferings in Africa, ISBN 1-59048-108-9, and comes down to us today as a startling switch on the usual master-slave relationship.

This true story describes how they came to be shipwrecked, and their travails in the Sahara Desert.

Lost in this unknown world, Captain Riley felt responsible for his crew and their safety. He told of the events leading to their capture by marauding Sahrawi natives who kept them as slaves. Horribly mistreated, they were beaten, sun-burnt, starved, and forced to drink their own and camel urine. A slave would be worked until close to death, and then either traded or killed.

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