Friday, November 30, 2007

Afternoon Headlights (11/30)

  • Come Hill or High Water: A tense standoff at a presidential campaign office of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Rochester, N.H., ended shortly after 6 p.m. this evening when a man later identified as Leeland Eisenberg was taken into police custody after holding at least four people hostage. There were no apparent injuries. The standoff, which had lasted more than five hours, .began when Eisenberg threatened to detonate what he said was a bomb he had strapped to his chest, demanded to speak to Clinton and held young staff members and volunteers captive. They were released one by one over the afternoon. There's no question Eisenberg suffers from mental health problems because he was calling CNN’s Situation Room throughout the afternoon. (NYT)

  • Didn't Ask, Didn't Tell: In rebroadcasts of the Nov. 28 CNN/YouTube debate for Republican presidential candidates, CNN expunged, without disclosure, a segment in which retired Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr asked the candidates to address "why you think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians." Kerr is a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans for Hillary Clinton steering committee and a co-chairman of Clinton's Veterans and Military Retirees for Hillary Committee. In rebroadcasts of the debate at midnight ET and 3 a.m. ET on Nov. 29, CNN omitted the Kerr question, as well as the candidates' answers to his question. If it was wrong of CNN to clearly identify who Kerr was the first time around is it any less wrong to just omit the whole thing and pretend like it never happened now? (MediaMatters)

  • Redskin Arrest: The Miami-Dade Police Department arrested four people yesterday -- including three teenagers -- in connection with the murder of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor. Police have recently been calling the shooting a "random act" but inside sources are saying what I've believed all along: he was targeted because of who he was. (NYT)

  • Graveyard: If working the late shift causes cancer then I'm a goner. (AP)

  • Jumped the Shark: Evel Knievel, the red-white-and-blue-spangled motorcycle daredevil whose jumps over crazy obstacles including Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho's Snake River Canyon made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69. He had just settled a federal lawsuit earlier this week over the use of his trademarked image in a popular Kanyse West music video. (AP)

  • Broadway Jake: Jake Gyllenhaal will play Joe Namath in the football star's biopic. He's certainly got the legs for it. (ESPN)
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