What's up? James's blog Comments Back in NC Kinda humid around these parts. Welcome back Some parts are kinda humid after a long trip. Chris asks ... Why can't NC be like New Jersey in the athletics department? He has suffered greatly? What a bunch of bullshit. Thomas Walker, one of Currin's defense attorneys, argued in court Monday that the fallen federal prosecutor and former state judge should be granted the kind of leniency he often opposed for criminals. Walker asked the judge to reduce the sentence to 29 months to allow Currin, 60, to be home in Raleigh in time to see his son graduate from law school next year. "He has suffered greatly," Walker said. "We're begging for the court's mercy." Britt, who handed down Currin's original sentence and presided over the Hagen trial, went even further, commuting Currin's sentence to time served. A Republican and close aide of the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms, Currin served from 1981 to 1987 as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, a jurisdiction that sweeps from Raleigh to the coast. He was a Superior Court judge from 1987 to 1990 and elected as the state's GOP chairman in 1996, serving until 1999. Chapel Hill Mayor Considering Senate Run v. Burr Chapel Hill's outgoing Mayor, Kevin Foy, tells Chapel Hill Magazine that he's considering jumping into the race.http://www.chapelhillmagazine.com/blog/2009/7/15/senator-foy.html I like Kevin a lot, and I'd work to support him. How would he fare outside of our bubble? Just in time for the swine flu, your tax dollars at work. A Maryland company under contract to the Pentagon is working on a steam-powered robot that would fuel itself by gobbling up whatever organic material it can find, even dead bodies. Yes, you are reading that correctly, the pentagon is working on a robot called EATR, that feeds on corpses. You can't make this sh*t up.