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Republican and Democratic leaders, including Nancy Pelosi, called for the resignation of Representative Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.), who admitted at a press conference that he had publicly tweeted a photograph of his crotch intended to be sent privately to a 21-year-old woman, and that he had in recent years sent explicit photographs and messages to other women. Before the press conference, publisher Andrew Breitbart, who had disseminated some of these photos, took the podium and demanded an apology from the mainstream media for impugning his coverage of Weiner. “Everything we’ve reported about this story has been true,” he said. “I’m doing this to save his family.” Weiner checked himself into a psychological treatment center and requested a leave of absence from the House.WSJInt’l Business TimesLATNYTSlateNYTNewt Gingrich’s presidential campaign manager and senior advisers resigned en masse, and another Republican candidate, Herman Cain, announced that he would not sign into law any bill longer than three pages.NYTLATThe Alaska governorâ??s office released thousands of emails sent and received by Sarah Palin during her tenure, which revealed that Palin tried to persuade former British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayward to invest in a gas pipeline less than a year after a BP pipeline caused Alaskaâ??s largest-ever oil spill.MSNBCTexas governor Rick Perry proclaimed “The Response,” a day of prayer and fasting in Houston this August, in reaction to natural disasters and the national debt crisis. “We must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles,” Perry wrote on the event’s website. “Some problems are beyond our power to solve.”GuardianCNN
Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the planner of the 1998 al Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was killed in a firefight with police in Somalia. VoAMuammar Qaddafi’s daughter filed suit against NATO for the murder of four family members during an air strike in April, and thousands of Syrians fled to Turkey as clashes between President Bashar al-Assadâ??s security forces and civilian demonstrators intensified. GuardianBBCTo protest the construction of a new bridge, members of the Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative think tank, posted fake eminent-domain eviction notices on homes throughout Detroit, provoking disorder among residents. NYTDetroit Free PressArt conservators determined that it would take a “miracle” to relocate an Encinitas, California graffito of the Virgin of Guadalupe riding a surfboard, and the City of San Francisco banned a restaurateur from selling grasshopper tacos. WPABCScientists added two new elements to the periodic table, determined that women fake orgasms mainly because of a fear of intimacy, and discovered that indigenous Americans helped Polynesians colonize Easter Island. WSJLiveScienceNew ScientistThe cabin cruiser Titanic II sank during its maiden voyage.TIME
Shrek, a New Zealand sheep who grew a record-breaking sixty pounds of wool during six years he spent hiding in a cave, died, as did Leona Helmsley’s dog, Trouble, who had inherited $2 million upon the New York billionaire’s death in 2007; Trouble’s remaining assets will go to charity. NYDNNYTActing on a tip from a psychic, police officers investigated what was at first reported to be a mass grave at a home in Texas but found only a bloodstain and some rotting meat. “We’ve had the cops at our house, but never for nothing like that,” said the homeowner. “Somebody called the police on my dogs one time.”TIMEA man was charged with assault after breaking into a Washington State home and encountering a resident who questioned why he was holding a dead weasel. “It’s a marten, not a weasel,” the intruder reportedly replied, then punched the victim in the nose.9 News
More from Justin Stone:
On a Friday evening in January, a thousand people at the annual California Native Plant Society conference in San Jose settled down to a banquet and a keynote speech delivered by an environmental historian named Jared Farmer. His chosen topic was the eucalyptus tree and its role in Californiaâs ecology and history. The address did not go well. Eucalyptus is not a native plant but a Victorian import from Australia. In the eyes of those gathered at the San Jose DoubleTree, it qualified as âinvasive,â âexotic,â âalienâ â all dirty words to this crowd, who were therefore convinced that the tree was dangerously combustible, unfriendly to birds, and excessively greedy in competing for water with honest native species.
In his speech, Farmer dutifully highlighted these ugly attributes, but also quoted a few more positive remarks made by others over the years. This was a reckless move. A reference to the tree as âindigenously Californianâ elicited an abusive roar, as did an observation that without the aromatic import, the state would be like a âhome without its mother.â Thereafter, the mild-mannered speaker was continually interrupted by boos, groans, and exasperated gasps. Only when he mentioned the longhorn beetle, a species imported (illegally) from Australia during the 1990s with the specific aim of killing the eucalyptus, did he earn a resounding cheer.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A tourism company in Australia announced a service that will allow users to take the âworldâs biggest selfies,â and a Texas man accidentally killed himself while trying to pose for a selfie with a handgun.
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âShelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.â