POTUS News: President Obama tapped a former member of his administration to be the top economist in the White House. If confirmed by the Senate, Princeton University economist Alan Krueger will become chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, where Mr. Obama said he will help with the “urgent mission” of improving the economy. Read more here.
The Media Has A Sad Because They Didn’t Get Katrina Part Deux News: Six years after “Katrina” became shorthand for a botched response to a crisis, authorities at all levels of government are winning praise for their handling of Hurricane Irene. “Who would have thought, here we are, six years later, and instead of debating failures, we’re debating being overprepared?” Chad Sweet, who served as chief of staff to former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, said Monday. “I think it’s a good thing.” Read more here.
Mmmm, Hmmmm… Me Likey The Chocolate…Men & The Candy News: Chocoholics have reason to celebrate today: A large new study confirms that chocolate may be good for the heart and brain. Regularly eating chocolate could cut the risk of heart disease and stroke by about one-third, says researcher Oscar H. Franco, MD, PhD, of the University of Cambridge in the U.K. Read more here.
Jesus, Please Take The Wheel News: A US Army captain has been found dead after killing four people in two states and wounding two officers during the ensuing manhunt, authorities said. Capt Leonard Egland, 37, killed his ex-wife, her boyfriend and the boyfriend’s young son on Saturday, police said. As Hurricane Irene swept through the east coast, he fled with his daughter into Pennsylvania, where he killed his ex-mother in law, police said. Read more here.
Poor Little Tink-Tink News: Double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius reached his goal, even though he didn’t secure a spot in the 400-meter final at the world championships. The South African ran in the semifinals against able-bodied athletes Monday at Daegu Stadium, but he finished dead last in 46.19 seconds — 0.80 slower than his qualifying time a day earlier. Pistorius is the first double-amputee runner to compete against able-bodied at a major championship. Read more here.
A Bling-Bling Planet? News: Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard. The new planet is far denser than any other known so far and consists largely of carbon. Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the carbon must be crystalline, so a large part of this strange world will effectively be diamond. Read more here.
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