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Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Morning News

posted by on November 8 at 7:29 AM

Pakistan: Gen. Pervez Musharraf announced that parliamentary elections will be held before February 15, and that he will give up his military uniform before then to run as a civilian. The White House is cautiously optimistic—a sentiment the opposition party might share if 500 of its members weren’t rounded up and arrested during Musharraf’s announcement.

Mercenaries: A February Blackwater shooting incident was given only a cursory investigation by the U.S government. “It’s really surprising that Blackwater is still out there killing people,” said Mohammed Jasim, Iraqi Media Network’s deputy director. “This was absolutely a provoked incident,” said Blackwater spokeswoman Anne E. Tyrrell.

More Elections: In an attempt to end domestic unrest, Georgia president Mikheil Saakashvili has announced a special presidential election for January 5. The move knocks a year off his presidency.

Roofies for Tots: 4.5 million Chinese-made Aqua Dots bead toys have been recalled due to a coating that, once consumed, becomes GHB.

Blackhawk Down: Five dead, five injured after a U.S. Blackhawk helocopter crashed in northern Italy.

Supporting the Troops: According to a Veterans Affairs Department report, veterans make up 1/4 of the homeless population in the United States.

God Will Fix It: Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has urged the state’s citizens to pray in order to ease the state’s drought.

Progress, Kinda: The House passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act yesterday. It now faces a vote in the Senate, then a veto from President Bush.

Red Country: The national debt has reached a record of $9 trillion.

Big Brother: A former tech for AT&T says the company gave the federal government access to all web and phone traffic.

Student Scandal: UW student Amanda Knox told Italian authorities she was in the next room while her roommate was murdered. “The only thing I can say is that at a certain point I heard Meredith screaming,” she said. “I was scared and put my hands over my ears. I can’t remember anything else…I was in shock, but I could imagine what was going on.”

Over the Yellow Line: A Bethel School District bus driver has been held after pot and a handgun were found on her bus. Just six years ago, the same driver was called a hero for saving the lives of 22 children after an accident.

Moving On: Now that Proposition 1 has gone kablooey, state officials are working on a plan for a new 520 bridge.

Patty Has a Spine: Sen. Patty Murray will oppose the nomination of Michael Mukasky for U.S. attorney general.

Moneyball: The Seattle Mariners have signed a 12-year contract with Fox Sports Northwest. The deal is rumored to be worth $400 million.

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Telling people to pray just encourages asking for handouts. Same as Halloween.

Posted by elenchos | November 8, 2007 8:45 AM

That record-setting national debt story, combined with yesterday's story about all the countries that are considering abandoning their large dollar holdings? Together they spell "We're fucked."

Posted by flamingbanjo | November 8, 2007 8:53 AM

which is worse?

that Ms. Knox did nothing? or that she did something?

Posted by Gordon Werner | November 8, 2007 9:01 AM


If her story is true, not only did she do nothing, but she failed to return to the house for twelve hours and never called the police. The police found the body due to an investigation instigated by a neighbor.

Posted by keshmeshi | November 8, 2007 9:16 AM

Big party this weekend. Anyone know where I can score some Aqua Dots?

Posted by monkey | November 8, 2007 9:27 AM

Let me be the first to celebrate the death of Eyman's I-747 ...

Now if they could just kill I-960.

Posted by tsm | November 8, 2007 10:23 AM

It just takes one Senator to put a hold on a nomination.

Just one.

Thanks, Patty!

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 8, 2007 10:41 AM

so the substance coating those beads TURNS INTO drugs, but is not drugs when you're carrying it around? any body else kinda curious as to what that substance is, and its legal status?

Posted by clausti | November 8, 2007 1:47 PM

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