The Rittenhouse Review

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

Monday, August 30, 2004  

Items in the News, or Not
August 30, 2004

“Oh, That Head!”
The lead paragraph in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s story may be more than you wish to read about this: “A Marietta man left a bar early Sunday morning, got into an accident that decapitated the passenger in his pickup truck, then drove several miles home and went to sleep -- leaving his pickup truck parked overnight in his driveway with the body of his friend hanging out the passenger side window, Cobb County police said.”

A Really Bad Headache
That headache may be telling you something, especially if you’ve had it for more than a few hours. The untimely passing of singer Laura Branigan, 47, of a brain aneurysm serves as a tragic reminder of that fact. According to the Associated Press, Branigan had complained of a headache for about two weeks but had not sought medical attention.

Disneyland for Hippie Wannabes
The annual Burning Man gathering begins today. Bring the kids.

Open to All: If You’re Good Enough
Also beginning today: the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. The Los Angeles Times reports this Open may be the swan song for former champions Lindsay Davenport and Andre Agassi.

Philadelphia: The Athens of America
The Athens Olympic Games have just ended, leading to more talk, or publicity for the ongoing discussion, of Philadelphia playing host the summer games in 2024.

[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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