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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Thursday News Roundup

Little Kim is in Jail, Boston teenagers can get the morning after pill without a prescription, and the trial of the San Diego councilmen who took bribes from a strip club owner concludes. It's your daily dose, as of 1:30AM ET. Here are the headlines from our five daily papers:

San Diego Union Tribune: Leads with the SEC widening its investigation of San Diego City Hall's pension scandal. In brief, the city underfunded its pension plans (with some not-so-lawful help from union leaders) and now is on the verge of bankruptcy. Mayor Dick Murphy, elected last November, announced his resignation and an election will be held later this month to determine his successor--most likely former write-in candidate Donna Frye. Also in America's Finest City, the UT reports closing arguments will take place today in the case of two city councilmen who received bribes (ok, 'alledgedly received bribes') from a strip club owner to let strippers touch patrons (though not the bad touch).

Boston Globe: A bill allowing women to obtain the morning after pill without a prescription is headed to Governor Romney's desk. Insert joke about heavy Massachusettes alcohol consumption here. It also seems to be raining a lot in the state.

Detroit Free Press: Leads with Lee Iacocca's return to Chrystler as a spokesman. Also, Ford Motor plans to match GM's recently successful employee discount for all promotion, which boosted GM's sales over 40%.

SF Chronicle: In their continuing attempt to be a national paper, the Chronicle leads with Paris' loss to London as host of the 2012 olympic games. Why anyone in San Francisco cares is unclear. The paper puts a story about the California budget compromises also up top, but fails to actually mention any specific changes this time around and/or their political implications.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinal: The Journal Sentinal, Wisconsin's oldest business, leads with two stories vying for title as "least interesting headline of the year". These new fangled "cell phones" apparently have hit it big up there in Wisconsin, and everyone is amazed by their ability to text messages to a giant screen at concerts. Most popular, "Im trahsed". In an actual local story, the city's plan to convert the old Pabst Brewery into "PabstCity" is delayed but headed for approval. Wow...an entertainment complex in a brewery...yet another reason 7/11 never should have stopped selling hard liquor...

Thursday Music News...
...New Weezer album is fantastic. While it ruins my snooty rock critic facade, their MTV hit "Beverly Hills" is definitely one of the best singles of the past month--with lines like, 'Preppy girls never looked at me, why should they, I ain't nobody got nothin in my pocket' it certainly sums up the sentiments of those close enough to West LA to see the gorgeous people but who are warned to keep their fingerprints off the glass...

...With Grokster history, and most file-sharing programs soon to follow, go spend the $50 and get unlimited downloads for a year from Yahoo's new Unlimited Music service. Even if you don't pay for music already (you goddamn thief), the $5/month is well worth the convenience. A lack of supported devices (now limited to a few from Creative and the Dell Jukebox line) potentially is an argument to wait a few months, but for anyone who listens to music on their computer the service is well worth the price...

...Bad day in court for the hip hop world. First, Notorious BIG's murder case ended in a mistrial--LAPD will have to write a check after screwing up the case bigtime. Second, former Biggy groupy and mistress Little Kim was found guilty of perjury and will spend 366 days behind bars. Thank God the streets are safe again...

...Sale at Banana Republic! There's a party in our pants, and Banana Republic is to blame. With such steals as linen shirts for $20, does anyone have a choice but to become a metrosexual?