The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Tuesday, August 03, 2004  

Items in the News, or Not
August 3, 2004

Rusty and Andrea to Part Ways
Rusty Yates has filed for divorce from convicted murderer Andrea Yates after 11 years of marriage. “The divorce petition cites that the couple has no children,” the Houston Chronicle reports.

Save at Wal-Mart, Pay More Taxes
A study released yesterday by the Labor Center of the University of California, Berkeley, finds that inadequate wages and benefits paid to California employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. required Wal-Mart “associates” to seek $86 million a year in state aid, including food stamps, Medicare, and subsidized housing. According to the Los Angeles Times, the study also asserts that if California retailers reduce wages and benefits to Wal-Mart levels, spending by the state’s public-assistance programs would rise by $410 million annually.

Weary Ankles
Smarty Jones, the almost-ran-the-Triple-Crown horse of 2004, is heading for retirement. If, that is, one can call sowing oats on a Kentucky farm, at $100,000 a pop, so to speak, “retirement.”

Teenage Girls Sought
Fayette County, Ga., authorities have issued warrants for the arrest of Holly Harvey and Sandra Ketchum, both 15, for the murder of Harvey’s grandparents, Carl Collier, 75, and Sarah Collier, 73, killed Monday in Newton Plantation, Ga.

[Note: Additional items may be posted to “PP&T” after initial publication but only on the day of publication, excluding post-publication addenda. Such items, when posted, are designated by an asterisk.]

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