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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on October 27 at 8:11 AM

Purged: Fifty-thousand Georgia voters flagged for removal from voter rolls due to computer error.

Burned: One dead after fire ravages a four-story apartment building on Capitol Hill. A neighborhood activist had recently delayed plans for a new building on the site by appealing the permit to the city.

Found: Body of a black boy, possibly Jennifer Hudson’s missing nephew, found in SUV on Chicago’s West Side this morning.

Senior Moments: Long hours lead to McCain fumbles on the campaign trail.

October Surprise: Gas prices take record drop before record election.

November Prediction: Over 20 percent of voters says race is a factor in their vote.

Fatal Error: US agents kill eight civilians in Syria, including a family of five. Pentagon claims US was after “foreign fighters.”

Abort, Retry, Fail: Microsoft discovers cloud computing—using lots of small computers collectively—like Google has been doing for years.

Clinging to Guns and Textbooks: Two shot dead at University of Central Arkansas.

Insignificant: Home sales up in short-term—still in the toilet in the long-term.

Mile High Point: Obama draws over 100,000 to rally in Denver.

Turtle Power: City council braces for theatrics at tonight’s public budget hearing.

Plane Jane: US replacing air strikes by commandos with aerial drones inside Pakistan. But the US says drones unable to weaken Al Qaeda.

No Wuss in Boots: More reasons to vote for the Democrat for Lands Commissioner.

Burb Bucks: Bellevue considers a $40 million parks levy. The biggest portion, $10 million, would buy lakefront property.

Shaved by the Bell: Facing a $24 million shortfall, Seattle school superintendent wants to close more schools by September.

Tube of Terror: Slog’s Halloween week of terrifying television-show intros begins with All Creatures Great and Small:

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Not surprised by the short term rise in home sales. But it won't last.

Nothing on DC Metro starting random bag searches on public transit? Maybe King County Metro should start that? You know, another step towards totalitarian rule!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | October 27, 2008 8:58 AM

@ 1 - it sounds like the guy who died was the guy who had the van and the station wagon filed with junk in the parking lot underneath the building.

Posted by UnoriginalAndrew | October 27, 2008 9:00 AM

@ 1) Thanks, I added it to the news.

Posted by Dominic Holden | October 27, 2008 9:05 AM

RE: "Computer error" - fuck that. How many times, in how many places, do we need to see evidence of fraud and vote tampering before we acknowledge that there is a conspiracy to disenfranchise voters?

Posted by Greg | October 27, 2008 9:07 AM

So according to that article, the fire started last night at 6:20 p.m. Why did it take 13 hours to battle this incredible blaze?

Posted by huh? | October 27, 2008 9:11 AM

Godd hlep teh Unnited Satates of Amerca is Barrack Husien Ossama is electted.

Posted by Teh bullshit artist formerly known as Lord Vaseline | October 27, 2008 9:21 AM

@6, The article made a mistake, it was this morning at 6:20.

Posted by Mikki | October 27, 2008 9:22 AM

Why is the beginning (and it looks like both the beginning, AND the end credits of a particular show) of All Creatures Great and Small terrifying?

Posted by Nora | October 27, 2008 9:24 AM

Turtle suits in Seattle City Hall? That is so, like, 1999. Please post the intro to a truly frightening TV show, namely, Little House On The Prairie.

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | October 27, 2008 9:30 AM

Wow. The 89-year-old man was killed by fire after living there 40 years, and was facing eviction this morning for refusing to move out to make way for the bulldozers.

Posted by tomasyalba | October 27, 2008 9:31 AM

@9, it's terrifying because they didn't drive off the stone bridge and end in a fiery crash, thus allowing the series to continue.

Posted by DaiBando | October 27, 2008 9:31 AM

@11: Capitol Hill meet Detroit. Detroit, welcome to Capitol Hill.

But,'re a bit early Detroit. Devil's Night is Thursday. THURRRRRSDAY.

Posted by TheMisanthrope | October 27, 2008 9:47 AM

Obama and Billdawg campaigning together.
Guess Obama thinks he will help -- guess he will help -- good.

Gee, did Kerry or Gore go around in the last week with Billdawg?

Aren't you glad Obama is smarter than them?

Unity y'all--

Posted by PC | October 27, 2008 9:58 AM

But Microsoft has tools and platforms (Visual Studio, .NET Framework, Silverlight, IIS, ASP.NET etc) to develop cloud computing and services which Google doesn't have.

I know MS bashing is hip, but it isn't always accurate.

Posted by raindrop | October 27, 2008 10:00 AM

Ugh. Because of those "computer errors" I have volunteered to canvas for GOTV on Saturday. I was on the fence about canvassing, but I'm so pissed that I wanna be out there telling people in person that their vote counts and not to be deterred.

Posted by Jesse | October 27, 2008 10:05 AM

@15: All of those products you listed are fighting for marketshare in hotly contested markets.

The *development* of cloud computing isn't what the coming boom is about. It's the marketing/selling of it to consumers, and the best MS has on that front right now is Mesh, which is decent, but ultimately a losing strategy.

Posted by uhhh | October 27, 2008 10:14 AM

@17: It's about both isn't it? It's about developing AND marketing - not only for MSFT but for a community of developers and companies that use these tools. You can't have one without the other.

Posted by raindrop | October 27, 2008 10:24 AM

That show used to weird me out as a kid as it had Peter Davison in it right after he stopped being Doctor Who. I always expected a frikkin Dalek to pop out when he was helping birth a calf.

Posted by Sto | October 27, 2008 10:34 AM

All Creatures Great And Small? Jesus. I remember when mom and dad would watch that. I wish that there was a clip of how that series began: James Herriot with his entire arm up the ass (?) of a cow. I think that was the last day I wanted to be a vet.

Posted by Michael Holden | October 27, 2008 1:17 PM

You're implying that a neighborhood activist appealing the redevelopment plans is somehow to blame for the fire?

Dominic, you're getting real close to your shark-jumping moment.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | October 27, 2008 1:33 PM

And Senator Ted Stevens, Guilty on All Counts, yippee!!!

Don Young, you're next.

Posted by Geni | October 27, 2008 1:56 PM

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