As Dominique Strauss-Kahn "sits in a solitary cell at Rikers Island, N.Y., isolated for his own protection and under a routine suicide watch," the woman who says the managing director of the International Monetary Fund sexually assaulted her in New York City over the weekend is set to appear before a grand jury today, her lawyer confirmed on NBC-TV's The Today Show.
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Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard University-educated writer currently based in Los Angeles.
Rachel Maddow's wish has been granted. Less than a month after the MSNBC anchor's much-talked-about interview with the Guardian, in which she encouraged her closeted on-air peers to reveal their true gay selves, someone answered that call. It might not be the cable-news anchor people expected, but CNN's Don Lemon has managed to snatch up a number of headlines all the same.
Jonathan Chait is a senior editor at The New Republic.
Jerry and Helen Peterson are a married couple in East Orange, New Jersey, earning $252,000 per year. Jerry, a CPA, and Helen, a public relations executive, understand the need to close the deficit, but don't understand why their taxes have to go up. "I don't feel rich," says Jerry, as Helen frowns the worried frown of a woman who has been singled out by the Obama administration for brutal economic reprisal of the sort Stalin imposed upon prosperous peasants.
Dorothy Parvaz, the al-Jazeera English correspondent who disappeared on April 29 after arriving in Syria to report on the protests there, is now free after an ordeal that included a period when she was held in Iran.
"Doctors will replace a piece of Gabrielle Giffords' skull with a plastic implant on Wednesday, another encouraging step in the Arizona congresswoman's recovery from a gunshot to the head more than four months ago," The Associated Press reports.
Since my co-blogger Adam Frank posted yesterday that hilarious Monty Python video examining whether there is life after death, and Mark Memmott of The Two-Way blog wrote Monday on Hawking's pronouncements on the same topic quoting me, I couldn't resist contributing to this valuable debate with a few remarks on life-after-death experiments.
The surging Mississippi River is next expected to crest in Vicksburg, Mississippi tomorrow, according to CNN. It'll reach nearly one foot above previous records set in 1927. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warns river water will remain very high for several more weeks. The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened river traffic near Natchez, Louisiana. It was closed yesterday to prevent barges from running into levees.