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posted by July 7 at 6:43 AMon
The Forgotten War: 40 dead and at least 140 injured after a suicide bombing at the Indian Embassy in Kabul.
Under the Knife: Senate Republicans are feeling heat from the American Medical Association over a 10.6% cut in Medicare.
Black Gold, Texas Tea: American pension funds are benefiting from record oil prices. Meanwhile, high gas prices (average price in Washington $4.35/gallon, according to AAA) are sending some suburbanites back to the city.
Exit Strategies: Despite the Bush administration’s refusal to set a timetable for withdrawal, the Iraqi government may soon demand one.
It Doesn’t Take One to Know One: President Bush thinks Russia’s new president Dimitri A. Medvedev is a “smart guy.”
Come For the Politics, Stay For the Spectacle: Barack Obama will give his convention speech at the 75,000 seat INVESCO Field at Mile High (also known as the place where the Denver Broncos play).
One DMV Under God: Christians in South Carolina will soon be able to promote their Godly ways via a state-issued license plate.
Trolley Folly: As ideas for expanding the system are kicked around, city officials can’t quite figure out how people feel about the S.L.U.T.
Our “Green” Government: While environmentalists fight runoff pollution in court, state and local governments are on the side of developers.
Sporting News: Nadal defeated Federer; Mariners catcher Jamie Burke took the mound in a 15-inning loss to the Tigers; 41-year-old swimmer Dara Torres set a new American record in the 50-meter freestyle; and Alex Rodriguez is getting divorced.
Finally: After 14 years, this is my final week at The Stranger. In honor of the occasion, I’ll be looking back at some of my bad writing, bad judgments, and outright fuck-ups over the years.
In the June 14 issue of The Stranger, in the feature package “A Month of Sundays,” managing editor Bradley Steinbacher wrote that Seattle’s O’Dea High School is a Jesuit institution. It is not. Compounding the error, Mr. Steinbacher is himself a graduate of O’Dea High School, leaving many—including his parents—to wonder whether he actually learned anything during grades 10 to 12. Mr. Steinbacher regrets the error.
Man, that one left a mark.