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The Daily Word 08.28.09: Desert tortoise, Ted Kennedy, Bill Richardson, Whitney Houston

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Black Expo starts today.

Federal prosecutor says Richardson isn't exonerated, though he won't face charges.

10 year old suspected in fatal shooting.

Reserve cops think they're real cops.

Tens of thousands pay tribute to Ted Kennedy.

Desert tortoise might get federal protection. I've said it before, but tortoises are the laziest sons of bitches on the face of the earth.

Banks too big to fail have grown.

California's garage sale.

Some consensus on health care.

Income stays the same, consumer spending goes up.

Look ma, no pen!

Whitney Houston's new album isn't very good. But she's still a nice lady.

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New York Times Columnists Become Teachers

Looking for a little more change in the coffers, the New York Times is offering week-long, typically online classes taught by its big-name editors.

Nicholas Kristof, Gail Collins and Eric Asimov are all teaching courses this fall for between $125 and $185.

Incidentally I, the Weekly Alibi's staff writer, am also available to instruct people on stuff. My rates are much more reasonable. I charge anywhere from $5 to $10 to teach anyone anything I know. Also, my knowledge shouldn't take a whole week to impart. Give me like a half hour and I'll show you how to eat the Slim Jim-cheese stick combo packs in such a way that every bite includes meat and cheese. I can also teach you the best way to go about telling people you play guitar and then, when people ask you to play, I'll explain how to disappointedly say, "man, I wish I could, but these darn calluses are killing me. I have calluses because I play guitar so much." Enroll today!

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Advertisers Flee Glenn Beck

More than 30 companies have halted advertising on "The Glen Beck Program."

The Fox News blowhard called President Obama a racist with "a deep-seated hatred for white people" in late July.

Shortly after, launched a campaign to encourage sponsors to cease advertising on Beck's program. Color of Change promotes political action among African-Americans. Advertisers face a dilemma, because Beck's program pulls in more than 2 million viewers a night. That's a lot of potential customers. On the other hand, there could be a backlash from consumers who dislike the inflammatory TV host. They might stop buying products from his sponsors in retaliation for financially backing Beck's show.


The Daily Word 08.23.09: Albuquerque town hall, Miley Cyrus, gamers

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Heinrich's health care town hall draws hundreds.

Lasering our way out of problems.

Teacher accused of having sex with one of his students is fired.

Rail Runner tests wireless internet.

Fire in Greece rages.

Poor sea lions.

What's Obama going to do moving forward in Afghanistan?

Krugman says we're in economic purgatory.

North and South Korea hold high level meeting.

Obama should stop listening to Daschle.

Gamers are overweight, 35 and sad.

Miley Cyrus making out!

Hottie Wars: Brad Pitt vs. Tom Cruise

I was leafing through People Magazine today (oh, sinful Fridays!) and I happened upon a tirelessly researched, five-paragraph-long article about Brad Pitt trashing Tom Cruise's movie.

Pitt is in the recently released Quentin Tarantino WWII flick Inglourious Basterds. While promoting the movie, an interviewer asked the Hollywood hunk what he thought of Tom Cruise's friendly Nazi film Valkyrie. "It was a ridiculous movie," Pitt responded.

I smell a cat fight! Let's hope these two A-listers settle it with a greased up, mud wrestling match. My money's on Cruise. That guy is totally insane.

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Terrifying Protests Can Be Loads of Fun

The health care protests in this country can be alarming, given that virtually all of the things being protested aren't actually being proposed. However, like most profoundly sad things, there is humor below the surface.

Here's a link to some of the funniest protest signs from across the country.

Dancing With DeLay

Disgraced former Speaker of the House Tom DeLay is joining the cast of next season's "Dancing With the Stars."

DeLay was indicted in 2005 by a grand jury in Texas for illegal campaign financing, but that doesn't mean he can't shake his money maker for the cameras. The Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove speculates about DeLay's chances for victory.


The Daily Word 08.16.09: Tasers, Public Option and hurricanes

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Should there be a Taser ban?

Next week, the Rail Runner runs on Sunday.

An old woman was scammed by her caregiver, according to police.

More people are calling the suicide hotline.

White House appears ready to abandon public option.

MIlwaukee's mayor was hit with a pipe.

I thought hurricane season would never get here.

Fox News is thriving under Obama.

Hillary Clinton loves the Congo.

Y.E. Yang beats Tiger in PGA Championship.

Turn your coffee table into a universal remote.

District 9 is very popular.

Income Inequality Higher Than Ever

An academic paper updated by UC Berkley Professor Emmanuel Saez indicates that income disparity in America is higher than ever before.

In 2007, the paper says the top .01 percent of earners took home 6 percent of American wages. The trend of increasing income disparity began to accelerate during the Clinton years and continued to skyrocket under the Bush administration. Between 2002 and 2007, the top 1 percent captured two thirds of income growth, according to the paper.

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The Trailer for Heath Ledger's Last Film

He died before filming was complete, but Heath Ledger's final film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is scheduled for release on Christmas Day in America.

Director Terry Gilliam got Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell to fill in for Ledger's unfinished scenes. Each substitute takes different forms of the deceased Oscar winner's character in a dream world.

Here's a link to a Vanity Fair cover story in which filmmakers discussed the process of completing the project, and about Ledger.