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Friday, May 3, 2013

Good Morning, News!

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Fri, May 3, 2013 at 9:29 AM

This seems like such good news. The latest jobs report says the unemployment rate has dropped again, to 7.5 percent, after the US economy added 165,000 jobs last month (and bummer numbers from the past few months were revised upward).

But it's not. Not really. Recent job gains are only keeping pace with population growth and aren't reversing—by a longshot—the recession's major dismantling of dignified employment.

The cost of cheap clothing has gone up once again. The death toll in the collapse of a Bangladesh sweatshop complex has climbed past 500. The engineer who designed the place has also been arrested.

Maa-aaybe the United States will start directly arming Syrian rebels. It's "an option."

The prosecutor in the murder case against former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf (accused of conspiring to blow up another former leader, Benazir Bhutto) was gunned down by a team of assailants while driving to court.

RIP Jeff Hanneman, Slayer guitarist and honest-to-goodness heavy metal GOD, who never recovered from a freak spider bite in 2011.

The Brothers Tsarnaev had initially hoped to ruin Boston's Fourth of July celebrations, cops say. They changed their schedule after finishing their bombs a lot faster than they'd anticipated.

It's a cut-and-paste wildfire story! Click here to fill in the details! "A wildfire spurred by high winds is raging across XXX, scorching more than XXX acres of land and sending XXX of residents fleeing from their homes as new evacuations are ordered. More than XXX homes in the XXX area have been threatened, while XXX have sustained damage. About XX percent of the fire has been contained as more than XXX first responders are on the scene battling the flames. There have been XXX reports of injuries."

A Pennsylvania mother declared dead after vanishing 11 years ago has turned up in Florida—'fessing up to taking off with a group of "drifters" and going, from time to time, without a home.

Mayor Charlie Hales has decided it's strange for high-ranking cops—lieutenants, captains, and commanders—to have their own union. So he's asking the state to decertify the Portland Police Commanding Officers Association.

A jury has cleared two Portland cops who broke a woman's arm during a traffic stop in 2011.

A Florida cop fired eight times from three different police agencies might be fired again after getting caught, allegedly, leaving his police-issued assault weapon with his security guard father in law for more than a week.

I AM GOING TO GO OUTSIDE TODAY. PLEASE DON'T JOIN ME. SEEING SOME OF YOU WOULD MAKE IT UNPLEASANT. MEANWHILE, THIS VIDEO BELOW, WHILE I WAS TYPING THIS, WAS INTERRUPTED BY A PRO-FLUORIDATION ADVERTISEMENT. MAYBE BECAUSE "WATER"?

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