Saturday, April 30, 2011

News Week in Review

Posted By on Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 11:32 AM

It's been a week of record-setting and historic moments in the news.

Hey Obama, youre fired.
  • "Hey Obama, you're fired."
First up was the release of President Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate, which the president presented in an effort to quell the birther whining that had reached a decibel level registering "completely distracting" thanks to presidential hopeful Donald Trump. As anyone who's seen Trump's reality TV show The Apprentice knows, Trump likes to take credit for just about anything he thinks will make him look good, and the birth certificate release was no different. "The Donald" had this to say in response: "I feel I've accomplished something really, really important, and I'm honored by it."

By midweek, the American South was being ravaged by a record number of tornadoes. ABC reported about 170 tornadoes in 24 hours across six states. As of Friday afternoon, the death toll was more than 300 people with more than 200 of those deaths in Alabama. President Obama surveyed the damage on Friday, saying he'd "never seen devastation like this."

Oh wait, thats the wrong royal wedding.
  • Oh wait, that's the wrong royal wedding.
As President Obama was walking through the damage in Alabama, Royal Wedding coverage was at a feverish pitch in the news globally. While the wedding set Internet viewership records, it didn't break them all, according to Mashable. If you were not one of millions who woke early to catch the live version, here's the two-minute version.

Here in Idaho, Mr. Obama tag himself Rex Rammell is being investigated for attempting to influence potential jurors. From an AP report in the Post Register:

"Rammell was scheduled to go on trial this week for illegally killing a cow elk in eastern Idaho last November. The Post Register reports Rammell is now being investigated for passing out fliers entitled The Jury's Secret Power to potential jurors outside the Bonneville County Courthouse Thursday."

And finally, here's a brief that's not only news of the weird but also news that proves the Associated Press has a sense of humor. On April 19, a goat wandered into a music store in Ammon and the AP's report leads with, "Stop me if you've heard this one: A goat walks into a music store." Bada-bump. But wait, there's more. A few graphs down: "Maybe it was looking for some sheeeet music."

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