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

Thursday, November 18, 2004  

Items in the News, Or Not
November 18, 2004

Mother of God [*]
Odd, I don't see the Blessed Mother in that grilled cheese sandwich. Instead, I see Marlene Dietrich. And while I'm not sure how "never sprout[ing] a spore of mold" compares with "the odor of sanctity," it sounds pretty impressive.

Students Attacked
There has been a rash of attacks on students in the Philadelphia area: a 12-year-old boy was raped by an 11-year-old student at West Kensington Middle School; a Drexel University graduate student was attacked by a man armed with scissors at the Hahnemann University Hospital; and WPVI-TV (ABC 6) is reporting a man is being sought for three attacks on women at Villanova University since September.

Where's the Beef?
People has named British actor Jude Law the "sexiest man alive." Personally, I don't get it, but it's nice to see a fellow skinny guy take the title.

How's the Beef?
It looks like the U.S. now has its second case of "mad cow disease." Naturally, the Bush administration is playing down the story. Reuters reports: "USDA declined to comment on the likelihood this would be a mad cow case. 'They are inconclusive for the very reason that we just don't know,' said USDA spokeswoman Alisa Harrison." (By the way, and just so you know, before joining the Bush administration Harrison was employed by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.)

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[* 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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