May top thieves freeze in hellIn the Denver, Colorado, area, 237,930 energy customers have been unable to pay their utilities and heating bills for this October. With winter, theyre staring at $170 a month bills from Xcel Energy. The Denver Post offers a lucid explanation: The culprits: An April natural gas price hike, and the lackluster[!] economy.
Ingenious, but not big-timeIn Texas, la migra cops confiscated 750 pounds of Mexican bologna crossing the border. It was artfully arranged in the shape of a car seat in the cab of a pickup truck and covered with blankets.
P.S.A Customs agent piously noted the health risk of running unrefrigerated meat across the border. We have no data, but we do wonder about the scope of the unsafe food and drugs banned in the U.S. and shipped to other countries.
Not very ancient historyTV journalist Hal Walker has died at 70. He was among the first Black TV newscasters, breaking the color ban at CBS in the 1960s. From there he went on to ABC.
Corporate crumbsAn $18 million New York duplex, owned by Tyco International, was used by recent chief exec Dennis Kozlowski when he was in town. Hes now on trial for larceny. The Tyco apartment is a bit startlinga dozen paintings featuring a Renoir and a Monet, an alleged $6,000 shower curtain in the maids room, a $15,000 umbrella stand, and a $2,200 wastebasket. Our question: How much sweat was needed to have that kind of cashand a lot morefloating around? Specifically, the sweat of Tyco employees?
And next season?States data show that this seasons blazes were most destructive on record.Headline, Los Angeles Times.
Lacks attitudeYounger workers dont save enough, a headline declared. In Chicago, Jeff Hinrich 28, figures hell be 40 before he could start saving for retirement. Hes paying off $30,000 in college debts and a $30,000 hospital bill. He observed, Its hard to save for retirement unless youre Bill Gates.
Not with the program?PUERTO RICOA coalition of 40 unions, religious and community groups asked for Puerto Rican troops to be brought home from war duty in Iraq. The group said it would aid any troops returning home on leave who decide in conscience not to return to Iraq. The coalition plans a gathering of soldiers relatives Dec. 7 to organizeUSA Today, November 28.
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