You may have heard me talk in the past about the "onomatapology," an invented term for the celebrity or politician statement that sounds like an apology and makes noises like an apology but actually is not an apology. Jason Alexander said some dopey things on Craig Ferguson's show a while back, and what he has issued in the aftermath? That is what an apology is like. [OutSports]
Egyptian protesters with their mouths covered hold signs against the former regime and in support of the revolution during a demonstration in Cairo's central Tahrir Square on June 1, before Mubarak's sentence was announced.
Tahrir Square is back. On June 2, an Egyptian court sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak and former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly to life in prison for failing to stop the killing of protesters during last year's revolution — but dismissed charges against Mubarak's sons and top security officials of the old regime. Many Egyptians derided the verdict as insufficient and politically motivated, and flocked to the square to express their displeasure with the ruling military government.
"A torrential downpour and strong winds prevented emergency crews from returning Tuesday morning to a devastated neighborhood where a commercial airliner crashed, killing all 153 people aboard the plane and an undetermined number of people on the ground," The Associated Press reports from Lagos.
The man described as al-Qaida's "leading propagandist" and the No. 2 leader in that terrorist organization was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan on Monday, NPR, CNN and The Associated Press say they've been told by "a U.S. official."
That word came around 1:40 p.m. ET.
Our original post. Reports: Drone Strike Targeted Al-Qaida's 'Leading Propagandist'
Singer-songwriter Nick Zammuto spent most of the '00s as one half of the experimental folk duo The Books, but in the wake of the project's recent breakup, Zammuto has released his first significant solo work in about a decade. Adopting his fun, imaginative approach to experimental music, the self-titled record finds him executing his unique vision with the help of a full band.
Earlier this year, the pension plan of a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean became the first public U.S. pension fund to file for bankruptcy. The fund — for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands — had been in financial trouble for years, largely because the government of the islands hadn't kept up with the payments it was required to make into the fund.