Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Newsy Bits

• The San Antonio Spurs beat the Lakers last night 96-94, squandering leads as high as 25 points. No matter, they won, but the last few minutes of the game were so tight they triggered in me a low fat pretzel eating binge and jacked up my morning glucose to 130.
I average about 110. Normal (non-diabetic) is 20-124. I blame the Lakers.
• Texas Democrat legislators ganged up and lammed it to Oklahoma this week to avoid the Republican's attempt to redraw the state's congressional districts in a bold attempt to water down Democratic strongholds.
When the Democrats didn't show up Monday in Austin, House Speaker Tom Craddick ordered Texas Department of Public Safety troopers to find the missing lawmakers, arrest them and bring them back. But on Tuesday, local law enforcement authorities in Oklahoma greeted the Democrats with big smiles and warm handshakes. Yay, Okies.
• Looks like my friend Christie who shot her partner Becky won't be charged. Seems Becky fell off the wagon and was arguing for the car keys to go get more beer. Christie had emptied Becky's gun of bullets at some earlier time, but after punching out Christie for a few minutes, Becky reappeared with another (loaded) gun and said, "Bet you didn't know about this one." Apparently, Christie inadvertently shot Becky when they were wrestling for the second weapon. Self defense. A horrid lesson about guns and alcohol.
• "WASHINGTON (May 5) - The State Department ordered nonessential diplomats and family members out of Saudi Arabia and FBI agents headed to the kingdom after an attack that killed more than two dozen people, including eight Americans." Good to see the war victory in Iraq has made all the al Qaida terrorists and radicals in the region calm down and stop the terrorist attacks. Not.
• LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - John F. Kennedy snorted cocaine with actor Peter Lawford while the two stayed at Frank Sinatra's Palm Springs house in the late 1950s, according to an excerpt from a tell-all book written by Sinatra's former valet." Gee, too bad JFK didn't know Dubya, he could have gotten his coke at the Harvard/Yale volume discount.
• Emily and Jacob are the current favorite baby names in America.

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