Morning News – David Carradine, Palm Pre, Unemployment

David Carradine - Kung-FuSad news that you may have already heard about — actor David Carradine is dead. The details are a little greusome; I’m not going to print them here but if you’re interested you can read it at this link. Carradine’s family is upset about photos of Carradine’s body that were published in Thailand, where his body was found. Actually, they were “profoundly disturbed”, according to Reuters, which seems like a reasonable response under the circumstances. The family is asking the FBI for help with the investigation into Carradine’s death.

On a lighter note, the Palm Pre finally launched on Saturday. There weren’t a lot of phones to be had, and it’s made by Palm, not Apple, so there weren’t the throngs of maniacs camping out in front of stores in order to get their geeky little fanboy hands on the device. The reviews were mostly good, although this one from Gizmodo seems the most honest — it basically says that the phone is good, not perfect, has a few major flaws, but overall shows promise. If Palm can manage to stay in business long enough to come out with a 2.0 version, they might make something to really compete with the iPhone.

OK, enough fun! I’m going to quote the first paragraph of this story from Voice of America News verbatim: “The White House says America’s employment picture is worse than the Obama administration had anticipated just a few months ago. The somber admission follows the latest jobless report showing the highest unemployment rate the United States has seen in more than 25 years.” Well alrighty then.

Speaking of President Obama, the next big thing on his plate appears to be health care. ABC News tells us that the Prez wants a bill on his desk by August. Hey, maybe Hillary Clinton could help! No, wait, scratch that. Didn’t work out so good last time. (I was just kidding, but according to HuffPo, Ms. Clinton was not invited to attend discussions about the Administration’s health care strategy. So there.)

This is an odd headline — New Orleans’ mayor Ray Nagin and his wife have been quarantined in China because they were on a plane with passengers who had “flu-like symptoms.”

The Motley Fool says that you won’t be retiring anytime soon. Whew! Thanks guys. I thought everything was going really well with the economy. Good thing you schooled me.

Oh yeah — the Tony Awards were last night. In a daring nod to the future of Broadway, Liza Minelli won an award. Here’s a full list if you want to check it out.

Lastly, something that I know everyone is very, very concerned about. Spencer and Heidi! According to E! Online, they may have been “deprived of food and water for almost three days while being forced to live in blacked-out seclusion on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.” Their family is saying that’s what happened, but the producers of the show say nay. It seems unlikely that something like that would happen to two people as inexplicably famous as Spidey. (That’s what Heidi and Spencer Pratt call themselves. Yes, it’s pathetic that I know that.) If it were just regular people, sure. But not D-list celebs.

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