Gongol.com Archives: August 2006
Brian Gongol

August 19, 2006

Humor and Good News "22 Panels That Always Work"
A classic cartooning guide

Business and Finance Microsoft stock buyback will take a while longer
They only got enough offers out of the Dutch auction to buy back $3.8 billion in stock; now they're going to spend $36.2 billion over five years to buy more back on the open market

News Suburban St. Louis mayor demanded bribes from red-light-monitoring company
Redflex is a private firm that monitors intersections for red-light violations in places like Clive. The mayor of St. Peters (northwest of St. Louis) apparently demanded $2,750 in bribes from the company. They went to the feds and the mayor got busted. $2,750 doesn't seem like enough money to demand for something that could land a person in the clink.

Threats and Hazards South Korea suggests calm over possible North Korean nuke tests

Health WHO wants drugmakers to start looking at new strains of bird flu
About a dozen companies are working on vaccines, but they're all using the first genetic family. The WHO now wants them to start testing on new batches using the second genetic family.

Weather and Disasters 48,000 people stranded by flooding in Ethiopia
People are literally marooned on islands amid floodwaters, and America is obsessed with JonBenet Ramsey