Sunday, October 02, 2005


Leo Sternbach, 97, Valium Creator, Dies
"It's a very good drug," [Sternbach] told The New Yorker. "It has pleasant side effects. It's quite a good sleeping drug, too. That's why it's abused. My wife doesn't let me take it." [NYT]

Buying of News by Bush's Aides Is Ruled Illegal
'Covert Propaganda' Seen
Blistering GAO Report Says Administration Analyzed Coverage
Federal auditors said on Friday that the Bush administration violated the law by buying favorable news coverage of President Bush's education policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party.


[Senator] Lautenberg expressed concern about a section of the report in which investigators said they could not find records to confirm that Mr. Williams had performed all the activities for which he billed the government. [NYT]

Generic State University -- Homecoming Reunion Weekend 2005
Baffling small print found on the colorful picture postcard notice of my college's homecoming weekend festivities.
Local, state, and federal laws will be in effect and enforced as necessary during Homecoming Reunion 2005.

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