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Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Late-Morning News

posted by on June 28 at 11:44 AM

Posted by News Intern Roselle Kingsbury

Problem Tenant: Pakistan launches a potentially week-long offensive against burgeoning Taliban force in northwest region of the country, responding to threats to the city of Peshawar.

Surprise — Mugabe Wins: Robert Mugabe remains Zimbabwe’s president after winning the one-candidate run off today and President Bush condemns his “blatant disregard for the Zimbabwean people’s democratic will and human rights.”

Obama’s Practice Run: The candidate plans on pausing his tireless national campaign to travel to countries like France, Afghanistan, and Iraq to “consult with some of our closest friends and allies.”

Bearing…down?: The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 20 percent Friday in a slide analysts dub “bear” and attribute to the credit and oil squeeze.

Last Minute: The Seattle City Council evaluated a proposed six-year park levy Friday to replace the 2000 levy that ends this year, which must be approved come budget time in October.

And Your Prize Is…:
King County District court found former Seatac TSA supervisor and screener Jeanna Jarett guilty Friday of several traffic violations, including a state-record breaking 0.47 blood alcohol level.

Ingenious Loophole: One Miami man who was jailed after testing positive for cocaine walks free after convincing the judge that it wasn’t cocaine, it was tea.

Porn Pays: Verne Troyer joins the ranks of celebrity-with-tax-problems, but at least he could pay the IRS off with a sex tape.

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The Dow didn't drop 20% on Friday, it's just that it has dropped a cumulative 20% since its last peak. That's a big deal, but not nearly as big a deal as a one-day 20% drop.

Posted by minderbender | June 28, 2008 12:08 PM

Really, what a Times/PI error to make. Holy hyperbole, batman!

Posted by calvin | June 28, 2008 12:54 PM

I think my parents have had Coca Tea in bolivia, it is incredibly common. Though aparently it tastes disgusting.

Posted by vooodooo84 | June 28, 2008 1:01 PM

I'm snorting a line of Darjeeling as we speak.

Posted by yucca flower | June 28, 2008 1:46 PM

Spaghetti Lee

Posted by Pastafarian | June 28, 2008 4:46 PM

A .47 BAC? That's some drinking, right there.

Posted by Ryan | June 28, 2008 5:33 PM

“consult with some of our closest friends and allies.”

It's been a while since President Hussein was a friend or ally, so if Iraq is now a closest friend or ally, perhaps Bush got it right?

Of course if one follows the link one sees something a little different; "Obama had said earlier that he would go to Iraq and Afghanistan this summer, as well. No mention was made of those countries in yesterday's announcement" [emphasis added]

Posted by General Sherman | June 29, 2008 1:47 AM

That's rich, Bush protesting a rigged election.

Posted by Greg | June 30, 2008 9:27 AM

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