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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on August 7 at 6:24 AM

Over There: The Brits stand down in Basra and Basra falls apart. Four US soldiers and 45 Iraqis die in ongoing violence.

Rogue State: Russia dropped a bomb on Georgia, says Georgia. Did not, says Russia.

The War on Fat: Obesity increases risks for certain birth defects, says new study. But fat makes us, or made us, smart, says NYT.

Miners Trapped: Attempts to rescue six Utah miners trapped underground not going well.

Meanwhile in Minneapolis: Divers find seven more vehicles in bridge collapse wreckage, but still no bodies of missing.

Our Bubble: Housing prices falling all over the US—but not in Seattle, despite increasing supply.

Hot Air, Big Air: As Jonah briefly posted yesterday, the Seattle city council has approved a site for a skatepark at Seattle Center. In other skateboarding news…

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Worth mentioning that after landing the 1st 720 in competition, the knuckle-head walked away--more like a limp but hey who wouldn't?

Posted by JD | August 7, 2007 7:58 AM

Jesus, Dan. Why are you always posting anti-fat headlines?

Posted by Michigan Matt | August 7, 2007 8:08 AM

A bursting bubble might be a good thing for those of us that would like to buy a home in the city.

Posted by Tiffany | August 7, 2007 8:39 AM

Tiffany, that's not how it works. Lower prices (and really, not very much lower) don't mean more affordability, especially if your cost of credit goes way up, which is closely connected to the bursting housing bubble. You pay more for the loan than you do for the house in the long run. And we are just starting in on a big ol' credit crunch.

Posted by Fnarf | August 7, 2007 9:24 AM

Hey, Michigan Matt: I posted one anti, one pro. Fair and balanced!

Posted by Dan Savage | August 7, 2007 9:41 AM

Yes Fnarf I am well aware of that. But when you take speculation out of the market, you do get more reasonable property values.

Posted by Tiffany | August 7, 2007 10:20 AM

Also, Denmark pulled out a Division from Iraq today.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 7, 2007 10:41 AM

I know, Dan. I just figured someone should say something about how you hate people who struggle with weight issues. Oh. And I'm joking.

Posted by Michigan Matt | August 7, 2007 12:03 PM

Watch the skater again and notice his shoes flying through the air on the right side of the screen. They popped off when his heels hit and went about 30 feet high themselves.

Posted by AD | August 7, 2007 1:08 PM

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