Today’s a half-day, and like I said the Christmas party is tonight, so things are pretty quiet around SCC (by the way the fact that our Director of Education quit yesterday isn’t really helping morale) so I’m going to crank out the news early today:
* Forecasters are predicting a busy hurricane season for 2007, making me happy that I only have to worry about earthquakes, mudslides, and drought. Fair trade.
* Former UN Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick passed away at 80.
* The Transportation Safety Administration is allowing a test program at the Detroit and Dallas airports that would allow non-travelers past security checkpoints for the first time since 9/11. Since then, family and friends have been barred from meeting people at gates or utilizing concessions. If the program is a success, others (specifically Pittsburgh) are looking at adding some sort of visitor program. The major concern is a back-up at security checklines (which speaking as a frequent flier are clogged enough).
* Barry Bonds signed a 1 year $16 million deal with the Giants. He’s 22 homers from Hank Aaron’s all-time mark, and I honestly hope they find a smoking gun and ban him before he sticks a permanent asterisk on another record.
* University of Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon has been promoted to replace departing head coach Larry Coker. Shannon’s got a big job, Miami’s got their thug image back AND now they suck. Good luck, man.
* Former Giants shortstop Jose Uribe was killed in a car crash at the age of 47.
* Actor Wesley Snipes surrendered to authorities two months after he was indicted on tax evasion charges.
* In more celebrity tax news, Richard Hatch, the first Survivor winner, who is currently serving time for being CONVICTED of tax evasion, is appealing his conviction.