Archive for May 25th, 2008

New York Post: Members of the Kennedy family are incensed over Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s invoking the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy to explain why she’s staying in the race – and they think it could be the death knell of an increasingly desperate and sloppy campaign.

“That comment may be the last nail in her campaign’s coffin,” a Kennedy relative told The Post. “How can Hillary even use the experience argument when she repeatedly pushes the wrong buttons in her comments?”

An insider added, “I think people really felt that a line was crossed and that her campaign – and even her legitimacy as a politician – ended today.”

ABC News: Karl Rove on the Don Siegelman case.

CNN: A 76-year-old Nepalese man reached the summit of Mount Everest on Sunday and became the oldest person to climb the world’s highest mountain, a tourism official said.

Min Bahadur Sherchan reached the 8,848-meter summit early in the morning with his climbing guides, said a Nepal Tourism Ministry official, Ramesh Chetri.

Sherchan was just 25 days away from his 77th birthday, Chetri said.

He beat the record set last year by Japanese climber Katsusuke Yanagisawa, who scaled the peak at age 71. Sherchan was in good health and was descending from the summit, Chetri said.

CNN: A British teenage actor playing a minor role in the upcoming “Harry Potter” film was stabbed to death during a brawl in London on Saturday, police said.

Rob Knox, 18, was stabbed after he got caught up in a fight outside a bar in southwest London early Saturday, London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Knox plays Ravenclaw student Marcus Belby in the upcoming film “Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince,” the sixth installment of the popular series set for release in November.

Warner Bros., the studio that is producing the film, said it was shocked by the news.


BBC: Wild footage from one of yesterday’s tornados that struck Kansas and Oklahoma.

From Every Day with Rachael Ray
June-July 2006

Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 14 min


5 Kirby cucumbers, unpeeled and thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
6 dashes Tabasco sauce, or to taste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 pounds large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
3/4 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt


1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. In a fine-mesh strainer, toss the cucumbers with 1 teaspoon of the salt and drain over a bowl for 15 minutes. In a small bowl, dissolve the sugar in the vinegar.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt, the lemon zest, 1 teaspoon of the dill, the Tabasco sauce and the olive oil. Toss the shrimp in the seasoned oil and set aside.
3. Squeeze the drained cucumbers to release extra water, then place in a dry bowl and toss with the sweetened vinegar. Mix in the yogurt and the remaining 1/4 cup of dill and refrigerate.
4. Grill the shrimp until cooked through, about 3 minutes on each side. Serve the shrimp warm or at room temperature with the cold cucumber salad.

ABC News: Sen. Barack Obama gives Hillary Clinton the benefit of the doubt that she had no hidden meaning when she invoked the assassination of Bobby Kennedy as an explanation for remaining in the Democratic presidential race.

“I have learned that when you are campaigning for as many months as Sen. Clinton and I have been campaigning,” he told the Puerto Rico radio station Isla, “sometimes you get careless in terms of the statements that you make. And I think that is what happened here.

“Sen. Clinton says that she did not intend any offense by it,” he added, “and I would take her at her word on that.”

2008 Democratic Convention Watch: On Saturday, Hillary Clinton netted an additional delegate, Verna Cleveland (GA). Obama netted 3, Stephen Leeds (GA), W. Patrick Goggles (WY), and Tony Knowles (AK).

CNN: The leader of Colombia’s largest leftist rebel group is dead, a spokesman for the nation’s defense ministry said Saturday.

Washington Post: Dick Martin, the zany half of the comedy team whose “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” took television by storm in the 1960s, making stars of Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin and creating such national catch-phrases as “Sock it to me!” has died. He was 86.

Florence TimesDaily: Higher education’s request for a better 2008-09 budget may surface again in the special legislative session that starts Tuesday.

Gov. Bob Riley on Friday called the Legislature into special session to pass the 2008-09 education budget and other bills.

“Legislators need to get this done as quickly as possible,” Riley said. “Our students and teachers are waiting on them to finish their work.”

The 2008 regular session ended Monday without an education budget, forcing teacher layoffs and a special session.