But What Will Goldy Bitch About Now? The Seattle City Council is considering putting a levy on the 2014 ballot that would pay for free pre-school for three- and four-year-olds from families making less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level (about $47,000 for a family of four). Everyone else would pay on a sliding scale based on income.
When Women Ruled the World: Archeologists have discovered an eighth priestess tomb in Peru, confirming that women ruled the region 1,200 years ago.
Photojournalist Gang Raped in India: Police say the 22-year-old was gang-raped by five men while on assignment in Mumbai with a colleague. She's currently in the hospital, as is her male companion, who was also beaten. Police have one suspect in custody and have identified four others.
Obama Urges Caution with Syria: While other Western nations have been quick to condemn reports that the Syrian government attacked its own people with chemical weapons earlier this week, Obama defends his current do-nothing approach.
Bowing Before the Comedy Gods: A bunch of successful Saturday Night Live alum relate their experiences auditioning for the show.
FERRELL: I was talking with Chris [Kattan] and Cheri, going, “You guys, I have to literally revamp everything.” I was up till 3 in the morning. And then I did a sketch where I was a guy, alone in my office, who in between taking calls would play with cat toys. There’s a point where I’m rolling around on the ground, in complete silence, playing with cat toys. And I’m thinking: Oh, it’s over.
Black Market Babies: Newborns in Uganda are being stolen and, in some cases, switched out with corpses. Officials fear the babies are being sold by doctors and nurses to childless couples in and out of the country.
Police Videotaping Naked Women: As I mentioned yesterday, the Puyallup Police Department is being sued by 12 plaintiffs that claim the department violated their civil rights by selectively recording women changing their clothes and peeing, and making derogatory comments about their bodies. Meanwhile, the Puyallup city attorney calls the videos cherry picked.
Ben Affleck to Play Batman: He'll star opposite Henry Cavill in the 2015 Superman sequel. My gut says a balloon with googly eyes would make a better batman. Or a shaved tomcat. But maybe Affleck will prove me wrong.
Ireland Has an Abortion: The first legal abortion to transpire under Ireland's new abortion laws was carried out in Dublin on a woman who had an unviable 18-week pregnancy and whose life was at risk.
What's That Adage About Rats Jumping Ship? Ah yes, they're the first sign it's sinking. In other news, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced plans to retire within 12 months.
Don't Fuck with the Gays: A Portland cabbie had his license revoked after being accused of abandoning a gay couple on the side of the freeway.
And finally, here are some true facts about the owl: