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Friday, October 3, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on October 3 at 8:22 AM

Biden Wins: Post-debate poll shows Biden won 51-36. Respondents also said that Biden was more qualified to be president (87 percent) than to Palin (46 percent).

Recession, Here We Come: Labor Department announces employers cut 159,000 jobs in September.

The reduction in payrolls was much sharper than the 100,000 cuts economists were forecasting. They expected the jobless rate to be unchanged.

It marked the ninth straight month that the economy has lost jobs. The drop underscores fallout from a long slump in the housing market and a dangerous credit crunch that intensified last month throwing Wall Street — and the economy — into chaos. So far this year, 760,000 jobs have disappeared.

“The economy is now sliding down the slippery slope of recession,” said economist Ken Mayland, president of ClearView Economics.

Motoring: McCain terminates Michigan campaign—stops running ads, pulls paid staff to Wisconsin, Florida and Ohio.

Swing Low, Sweet Stage Coach: Wells Fargo will buy Wachovia for $15.1 billion.

Today’s Debate: House squabbles over bailout bill. The key provision are here. Stocks jump in anticipation it will pass.

Good Call: Nokia releases the Tube, a touch-screen phone compatible with any network.

Bad Call: American-owned Skype allowed Chinese government access to text conversations.

“We may never know whether some of those people whose conversations were logged have gone to jail or have had their lives ruined in various ways as a result of this,” said Rebecca MacKinnon, an Internet expert at Hong Kong University.

Boo Hoo: WaMu will tell employees whether they keep jobs by December 1. Some will stay, some will work through a transition, and some will be laid off.

Chained Melody: Federal panel will decide if music downloads are under priced.

Putting Its Foot Down: State rules that pedicures by live carp are illegal, because you can’t sanitize a fish.

Putting Its Hand Out: California needs $7 billion federal loan after being locked out of credit market for 10 days. Needs funding for education, law enforcement, and health care.

Pulling Its Stake Up: Nickelsville moved to Discovery Park, perhaps thinking it was federal land, only to get a 72-hour eviction notice from the city to move its pink tent city.

State Supreme Court: Rules police may destroy property in a drug raid without liability for damage—even if they find no drugs.

Kingston Trio: Founder, Nick Reynolds, dead at 75.

Troubled Water: Washington and eight other states sue EPA over ruling that allows pollution.

In Case You Missed It: Last night’s VP debate.

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And may I just say how terribly upset I am that I cannot go into a salon in Washington state and have my scaly feet nibbled on by hungry, hungry fish. I suppose birds cleaning my teeth and tiny squirrels giving me facials are also out of the question.

Posted by PopTart | October 3, 2008 9:30 AM

Can't the fish be sanitized with bleach like anything else?

Posted by Banna | October 3, 2008 9:41 AM

little fishy dental dams?

Posted by infrequent | October 3, 2008 9:46 AM

Why is everyone still calling it WaMu? It is now Chase. Washington Mutual does not exist, it only still has it's signage up. You do not bank at Washington Mutual; you bank at Chase. Please make a note of it.

Posted by Andrew | October 3, 2008 9:59 AM

Re: Drug raids

Can you sue the judge who issued the warrant?

Posted by Mike in Renton | October 3, 2008 11:03 AM

The internet was down here last night so I couldn't comment, but the fact that 46% of respondents to the poll think Palin is qualified to be President still scares me. If she is qualified then almost anyone is.

I was hoping more would have been said how unsympathetic and down right crass she looked when Biden alluded to the death oh his first wife and daughter.

Posted by elswinger | October 3, 2008 11:11 AM

@7 i like it!

well, this illustrates an unfortunately common problem. the police just "know" the guy is guilty, even though they cannot prove it. they couldn't prove it in this case. were the guy actually innocent, i totally think the police should pay for the damages.

Brutsche's son, James Brutsche, was not charged in the case, according to court records. He later died in an explosion on the property.

but this guy probably was actually guilty, in the end. that makes it a little more difficult.

still, better the guilty go free than the innocent be falsely imprisoned... er... innocent not be paid for damages caused by an executed warrant.

Posted by infrequent | October 3, 2008 11:20 AM

I won't pay more than $1 for a song. I've checked my playlist for how many times I have listened to downloaded songs. A couple I have played a lot (10+ times) but the overall average (based on about 130 songs I've bought) came out to 1.3 times.

Posted by elswinger | October 3, 2008 11:42 AM

@8 I agree with you. Because I can buy just 1 song I'm paying for music I wouldn't have purchased if I'd had to buy the CD. Does that make sense or am I spouting gibberish again.

Posted by PopTart | October 3, 2008 12:24 PM

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