How did your New Year start? I had to get up at the butt crack of dawn and go have a TB test read at Loma Linda’s ER. Bang up start to the New Year. Now I’m up and back and it’s still early, but I think going to bed would be a bad idea since I have to get up even earlier tomorrow to start the new job. Thusly, a news update:
*Saddam Hussein was executed by hanging on Saturday. This is fine and such, but as the new Iraqi government ignored two of their own laws by doing it on a holiday and waiving the 30 days he was supposed to get, it shows what kind of government we set up there.
*If you wonder why your mail won’t come tomorrow, it’ll be because all government offices (except the Fed, yes, Steve I know) are closed for a national day of mourning in honor of the late President Gerald Ford.
*Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting early Monday, his limousine sprayed with bullets in downtown Denver. Team spokesman Jim Saccomano said police called him about 3 a.m. from the scene and told him three people had been shot, and the 24-year-old Williams had been killed.
*South Korean diplomat Ban Ki-moon became the United Nations’ eighth secretary-general on New Year’s Day continuing a long and distinguished tradition of UNSGs with ridiculous names. Ah Boutrous Boutrous Ghali….I miss you.
*Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was released from a hospital Saturday, four days after undergoing surgery to repair a broken leg suffered while skiing. In case you’re wondering, yes, even with a busted femur, our governor can beat up your governor.
*Blue-and-gold EU flags fluttered across Bucharest and celebratory fireworks thundered through the sky at midnight as Romania, along with southern neighbor Bulgaria, became the latest countries to join the European Union.
*Hong Kong welcomed a near-blanket ban on smoking Monday, though no word on if you’re still allowed to smoke ’em if you got ’em before being summarily executed for having individual thoughts. Man, I’m cranky in 2007, but honestly, China executes 80% of the capital punishment cases in the world so perhaps the rest of the world (and I’m certainly not thinking of France here) could shut up about us and look at China.
*The US death toll in Iraq has passed 3,000.
*The Arizona Cardinals fired head coach Dennis Green after three disappointing seasons…which followed 45 disappointing seasons prior to those.
*Night at the Museum was #1 at the box office for the second consecutive week with $37.3 million, beating out Will Smith’s Pursuit of Happyness, which brought down $19.3 million.
*I’m extremely sick of reporting on this, so it better happen this time, but Steven Spielberg and George Lucas announced that they’ve finally agreed on a script for Indiana Jones 4, which is now slated for a May 2008 release.