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- Vote early (but not often) in the Democratic Senate runoff.
- Triple-digit temperatures are threatening the Triangle this week, especially its elderly and homebound residents. Help by donating an inexpensive box fan to the Helping Hand Mission.
- The state DOT responded to complaints about graffiti on I-440 in typical half-assed fashion: they painted over the bricks with beige paint. Call them at (919) 733-2191 and tell them to do it right.
- Is there a company or charity out there whose exemplary performance should be emulated by others? Then nominate them for a BBB Torch Award.
- What’s happening This Week in Congress, courtesy of Congress Matters and Daily Kos.
Local & State
- Rocky Mount Police Chief John Manley, to the families of 11 missing and murdered women: "They've got to stay on law enforcement...Let us know that you're not going away until you know we've done everything we possibly could do. Because if you don't care, I don't know why we should."
- On the heels of WakeMed's recent expansion, Rex Hospital is planning a $120 million renovation and expansion, with emphasis on its heart services.
- Charging tolls seems the likeliest solution to I-95's woes. It is heavily traveled by interstate truckers and in desperate need of upgrades; half of its drivers are from out of state.
- Memo to SEANC and SEIU - if you want to spend thousands of dollars to challenge a sitting Democratic congressman from the left, make sure your candidate actually wants to run.
- This week in the Democratic Senate runoff:
- President Obama is making his fourth trip to the Gulf coast on Monday and Tuesday, followed by an address to the nation on Tuesday night.
- Mad as hell at BP? Want to punish them by raising their liability cap from $75 million to $10 billion or more? This is why that kind of vengeance might be a very, very, very bad idea.
- What happens when BP spills coffee?
- Will Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) still say "Drill, baby, drill" in his state after a Chevron leak spills 21,000 gallons of oil, fouling and closing Salt Lake City's largest park and covering over 100 birds and geese with oil?
- The BP/Transocean/Halliburton oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico isn't just covering birds, fish, and other wildlife; it is also endangering the Tea Party.
- In Georgia, the Tea Party is demonstrating against the tyranny of mandatory trash collection.
- Rep. Barney Frank's task force shows how to trim $1 trillion from the budget - by attacking the funding black hole that is the Pentagon.
- Republicans are hanging their hopes of taking back the House on their 22 "Young Guns" recruits. What are these Young Guns missing? Youth. The average age is a hair under 50; only two are under 40, and one of the Young Guns is 62.
- The ACLU is pissed at Obama. Here's a dozen reasons why.
- A visual reminder of why we still blame the Bush administration for our budget crisis.
- Just so you know - the latest Birther claim is that President Obama's Social Security number is fraudulent because it was issued in Connecticut.
- Riot police have to break up a pay protest in Durban, South Africa involving the locals hired to provide stadium security.
- A Danish study shows that using NSAIDs (like ibuprofen) for minor aches and pains can increase your risk of dying from heart-related problems.
- Ancient ethnic tensions created by Stalin's Soviet Union in the 1920s have exploded in violence in Kyrgyzstan, leading to at least 117 deaths and over 1,000 injuries. As many as 100,000 ethnic Uzbeks are massing at the border, trying to enter neighboring Uzbekistan.
- Poland has arrested an alleged Israeli intelligence agent sought by Germany for his involvement in the Mossad's murder of a Hamas founder in the United Arab Emirates. Got all that?
- Afghan President Hamid Karzai is turning his back on America - its billions spent and its thousand dead - in favor of Pakistan and Iran. Why are we continuing America's longest war, then?
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