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If you glance at the news on TV, you’re sure to see pictures of mobs shouting the slogan “Mubarak must go!” and wonder what this is all about.

Popular revolutions occur in many countries around the world, but only rarely in Egypt. The last big one there was in 1919, against the British military occupation of the country, just after World War I had ended.

You probably know that Egypt is the oldest nation in the world. It grew up in the valley and delta of the Nile River some 6,000 years ago. We think of it as the land of the pharaohs, the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, the temples of Luxor or the bondage of the ancient Israelites.

Tomorrow's Drowning Pool concert at the Cell Block, 420 E. College Ave., will focus not on the band's own hardships -- three lead singer changes over just three albums -- but on providing health care for returning war veterans.

Its current This Is For the Soldiers tour donates $1 from every ticket sold -- $0.50 to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and to provide returning veterans with mental and physical health care, and $0.50 to the United Service Organizations (USO).

The show will begin at 8 p.m. with Adema as the opening band. Tickets for the all-ages show are $15, although under-21 tickets will only be available the day of the show at the door, Cell Block general manager Joe Yamma said.

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Tomorrow's Drowning Pool concert at the Cell Block, 420 E. College Ave., will focus not on the band's own hardships -- three lead singer changes over just three albums -- but on providing health care for returning war veterans.

Its current This Is For the Soldiers tour donates $1 from every ticket sold -- $0.50 to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and to provide returning veterans with mental and physical health care, and $0.50 to the United Service Organizations (USO).

Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Anti-aircraft tracers flashed across the skies of Baghdad and explosions sounded in the city at dawn Thurs-day as President Bush launched war against Saddam Hussein.

Less than two hours after his deadline to the Iraqi leader expired, Bush gave a televised address say-ing strikes had begun "to under-mine Saddam Hussein's ability to wage war.

Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Anti-aircraft tracers flashed across the skies of Baghdad and explosions sounded in the city at dawn Thursday as President Bush launched war against Saddam Hussein.

Less than two hours after his deadline to the Iraqi leader expired, Bush gave a televised address saying strikes had begun "to undermine Saddam Hussein's ability to wage war.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bush administration raised the nationwide terror alert to its second-highest level, closed nine U.S. embassies overseas and heightened security at federal buildings and landmarks in America as new intelligence warned of car bombings, suicide attacks and other strikes linked to the Sept. 11 anniversary.

Americans were urged yesterday to be alert but unbowed -- go to work, to school, on trips -- despite specific threats against U.S. interests abroad and less credible concerns that terrorists might attack America again.

Mike Still is a senior majoring in philosophy and political science. He is a Collegian columnist. His e-mail is stillstyle@psu.edu.

My Opinion

One year ago, in the days before the terrorist attacks, Sept. 11 was a date like any other. It had no symbolic importance, its mention did not elicit a visceral sinking or a mental vortex of nightmarish images.