Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Cluck!, Cops Gone Wild, -and- Residents Can't Copa

Cluck! - store wants to shock chickens to death for customers
Cops Gone Wild - deputies terminated over scandalous acts
Residents Can't Copa - locals driven insane by Barry Manilow's crooning

On this day in history: July 18, 1969 - Driving home from a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Ted Kennedy's car goes over the side of Dike Bridge and flips over into a pond. Kennedy manages to free himself from the automobile, but his passenger, one Mary Jo Kopechne, drowns. Kennedy tells no one about the accident for at least an hour, and waits until the following morning to notify local police.

Today's birthday: Hunter S. Thompson (1937) Thompson was a journalist known for his flamboyant writing, most notably deployed in his novel "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," which blurred the distinctions between writer and subject, fiction and nonfiction. His style, known as gonzo journalism, has been widely imitated. Thompson's big break came when The Nation magazine asked him to spend a year with the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang and write about his experiences.

It was 113 degrees here yesterday at 4 PM. It appears that it will be very hot again today. It was 82 degrees at 8 AM.

Amid mounting criticism that they could do more to combat the threat of Internet paedophilia, MySpace, Bebo, and other "social networking" Web sites are meeting parents, teachers, and police to improve online safety. Online safety campaigns have traditionally focused on telling children not to reveal personal details over the Internet - an approach experts now acknowledge to be unrealistic.

With all the problems spawned by the storms that hit New Orleans that dominated the news here in the USA, newspapers gave little coverage to the devastating floods that hit the west coast of Ireland. This photo gives just an inkling of the desperation of these stricken souls.