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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2009
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez’s political movement has found a new target: golf.After a brief tirade against the sport by the president on national television last month, pro-Chávez officials have moved in recent weeks to shut down two of the country’s best-known golf courses, in Maracay, a city of military garrisons near here, and in the coastal city of Caraballeda. “Let’s leave this clear,” Mr. Chávez said during a live broadcast of his Sunday television program. “Golf is a bourgeois sport,” he said, repeating the word “bourgeois” as if he were swallowing castor oil. Then he went on, mocking the use of golf carts as a practice illustrating the sport’s laziness.
This should end any appeal Chavez has in Hollywood.
From Britain's Telegraph: The host of a Brazilian crime programme has been accused of organising several murders in an attempt to boost his show's ratings and get rid of competing drug traffickers. Brazilian police are investigating Wallace Souza, the presenter of "Canal Livre" and a local politician, over five murders. He is also accused of drug trafficking. "The order to execute always came from the legislator and his son, who then alerted the TV crews to get to the scene before the police," state police intelligence chief Thomaz Vasconcelos said.
The job offers from American networks should start coming in a few hours.
BERLIN (Reuters) - A bride in Germany spent her wedding night passed out next to a crate of vodka in the back seat of a car and had to be rescued by police when the BMW began to overheat in the sun...Still clad in her wedding dress, the dazed woman had to scramble through the broken window because she had no idea where the car keys or her husband were, police said.
Well, I suspect the car keys are with the husband, who may have felt he'd made a bit of a mistake.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2009
NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A New York man said he was hit with a $95 ticket and a $185 tow fee after he parked and a city crew later moved a diplomat-only parking sign to his space. Shavit Mekeiten said he parked his car on East 41st Street near Second Avenue at 3:30 a.m. Thursday and saw no signs indicating that his car could not remain in the spot until Friday, the New York Post reported Monday.
This happens in New York. It happened to me, and, yup, I had to pay $185 for towing. The parking rules in New York are chaotic and the sign structure requires lawyers to figure it out. I sympathize.
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