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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.

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Bad couple of days to be famous. High mortality rate from all appearances.
*President Gerald Ford passed away at 95, the longest lived President in US history. Ford was also the only unelected President in US history, being nominated as Vice-President after the resignation of Spiro Agnew, and then made President by the resignation of Richard Nixon. Ford’s body will lie in state in the Capitol rotunda before a state funeral next week.

*The names and urine samples of about 100 Major League Baseball players who tested positive three years ago can be used by federal investigators, a court ruled Wednesday — a decision that could have implications for Barry Bonds.

*The state Supreme Court on Wednesday publicly reprimanded Ohio Gov. Bob Taft for his ethics violations in office, a black mark that will stay on his permanent record as an attorney.

*A new airport screening machine that peers through travelers’ clothing has been modified so it won’t show intimate body parts when it’s tested at a U.S. airport for the first time starting next month…..why can’t I think of a joke for this? I’m pissed now.

*Polar bears are in deep trouble because of global warming and other factors and deserve federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, the Bush administration is proposing Wednesday.

*A Japanese woman charged with inflicting injury on her neighbor by blasting rock music at her house for 2½ years was given a 20-month prison term, a court official said. To the dude who lives behind me…you are on fricking notice.

*Expectations are high for Germany when it takes over the leadership of the European Union and the chairmanship of the Group of Eight industrial powers on Jan. 1. The dual responsibilities give Germany a chance to play its strongest diplomatic role in years as a leader of key multinational forums. Why are expectations high? Haven’t past German-lead multinational forum been…well, let’s call them somewhat less that stellar.

*Iraqi court officials announced that Saddam Hussein’s hanging will take place within the next 30 days. Think things are crazy now? Hang on and wait for this.

*Former Giants infielder Chris Brown died Tuesday after suffering burns in a kitchen fire.

*Pitcher Jeff Suppan signed a 4 year $42 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.

*Apparently not willing to wait for his yearly spring training injury, Reds outfielder, Ken Griffey Jr. broke his hand and now his status is “cloudy”.

*The Red Sox and Yankees are the only teams to exceed baseball’s salary limit and are forced to pay the luxury tax.

*The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, passed away from complications from pneumonia at the age of 71. Within two days, Spike Lee already is working on a biopic. Ah synergy.

*Dreamgirls had the third biggest opening in Christmas day history pulling in $9.6 million.

*Casino Royale passed Die Another Day as the most successful James Bond film in box office history.

*Tyler Man, who played Sabretooth in X-Men, will be the new Michael Myers in the next Halloween movie.

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Got some Green Day pumping in the office, while I ignore my actual work to bring you the news that interests me today:

*People in Denver are still buried under 3 feet of snow, but my luggage arrived safely so I think everything is even.

*Talks with North Korea broke off without an agreement. Shocking. Well, thank God, they don’t have WMDs or a crazy dictator in a sensitive part of the world or we might have a reason to go to war. What? No oil there? Well bugger that then.

*A break in winter weather allowed small teams of searchers to return to the snowy slopes of Mount Hood on Thursday looking for clues on the whereabouts of two climbers lost and presumed dead. Man, I was really hoping they’d get these guys off for Christmas alive, but doesn’t look good.

*Secretary of State Condi Rice says America is ready for a black President, though she says she won’t be running in 2008. I agree with both of those statements.

*Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis was arrested Friday for DUI in Miami Beach. If you’re going to drink, don’t fricking get in a two ton piece of metal and go zipping around at 65 mph. Idiot.

*The Phillies traded veteran outfielder Jeff Conine to the Cincinnati Reds.

*BYU thrashed Oregon 38-8 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

*Looking for James Cameron’s return to directing? His sci-fi project Avatar is now pushed back to 2009.

That’s all that piqued my interest. Slow news day. One of the other people in the building wandered by asking when we were all going to leave. For the record, we’ve been here 52 minutes. Summit’s work ethic is what makes us great.

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Whole lot of stuff to catch up on after a week away. I’ll try to hit the highlights for you. Doubt I’ll offer much commentary as I’m multi-tasking this with writing a manual for my successor….yeah, I’m considerate like that. My welcome to this job was a six foot high stack of back filing. Tracy, if you’re out there, just want you to know…that sucked.

*New Jersey legalized same-sex civil unions, which should make its former governor happy.

*There was a fricking giant blizzard in the middle of the country that caused, among other things, my luggage to be delayed. People may have died or been otherwise inconvenienced, but let’s stick to the relevant details.

*Former VP candidate John Edwards announced he’ll be seeking the Democratic nomination for President in 2008. Didn’t do it on The Daily Show like last time. I was disappointed.

*President Bush said he’ll support a $2.10 hike in the minimum wage as long as it comes with tax cuts for business. The current minimum wage is $5.15. The plan would raise it over three years to $7.25.

*The President’s plan to increase the size of our military will take time, according to the Pentagon. One hurdle is the $1.2 billion price tag…the other would be that whole signing up for the stupid war thing.

*The President signed a postal reform bill that will hopefully stabilize the USPS, and delaying any future rate hikes in postage. Oh that won’t prevent the three cent hike that’s coming this spring though. Use your 39 centers now. It’s gonna be 42.

*Starting next year, China will no longer allow foreign adoptions by anyone deemed “unmarried, obese, or disabled.”

*Experts fear that theft damage to Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream, one of the world’s most famous images, may be too extensive to completely repair.

*Minnesota Twins pitcher Brad Radke retired after a 12 year career, the latter part plagued by injuries.

*The Toronto Blue Jays locked up outfielder for the next seven years at a cost of $126 million.

*The lineup for the most irrelevant all-star game in sports, the NFL’s Pro Bowl, has been announced. The Chargers lead all teams with 9 players named, the Bears were second with seven players.

*Longtime Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt passed away at the age of 74.

*The New Jersey Nets may move to Brooklyn, giving the city their first pro team since the Dodgers bolted 57 years ago.

*Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony was suspended 15 games for being an ass and sucker punching someone in a brawl….idiot.

*The above story is one of the primary reasons that the Nuggets acquired 76ers star Allen Iverson via trade. Iverson has long been unhappy in Philly. Now he can start being disgruntled under 3 feet of snow in Denver.

*JK Rowling has released the title of the final book in the Harry Potter series. The seventh installment will be titled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

*Kevin Smith, Zhang Ziyi, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Patrick Stewart will be among the voice actors for the CGI Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie due in March, and yeah I’m actually kind of excited about it.

*Animation legend Joe Barbera passed away at the age of 95.

*Will Smith’s The Pursuit of Happyness opened at #1 with $27.2 million, beating out Eragon, which finished second with $23.4 million.

*The seven finalists for the FX Oscar have been announced. Three of these films will be actually nominated for the award: Casino Royale, Eragon, Night at the Museum, Pirates 2, Posiedon, Superman Returns, X3. For my money, I’d like to see Casino Royale, Superman, and X3 get the nods.

*The upcoming third Resident Evil film will be the last in the series.

*Golden Globe nominations are out. Babel lead the way with 7 noms, several other films had six nominations. Leonardo DiCaprio will compete against himself, getting two nominations for Blood Diamond and The Departed. Likewise, Clint Eastwood was nominated for directing both Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.

*Director JJ Abrahms confirms that they are aiming Star Trek XI for a 2008 release.

*Composer Ennio Morricone will receive an honorary Oscar for his body of work, composing scores for over 300 films. My personal fave of his-The Untouchables.

*Everybody Loves Raymond star Peter Boyle passed away at 71 from complications from heart disease.