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Post Office Just Kidding About That "No Mail On Saturday" Thing

Now that we've all adjusted to the "no mail delivery on Saturday" deal and realized we don't really care because what comes in the mail besides the Pennysaver and scary notices from the IRS, the U.S. Postal Service announced today that mail delivery will continue on Saturdays.

To save money, America's unpopular alternative to UPS and FedEx had planned to kill Saturday delivery this summer. But now, everything is fixed and the nation's old people can still look forward to that one friendly visit on Saturdays—unless they live in one of the horrid suburbs where "delivery" means some giant outdoor P.O. box/rack thing a half-mile drive from the house.


'NYT' Mag Columnist Reportedly Out as Paper's Chief Editor

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BREAKING: Several sources tell me Jill Abramson will be named executive editor of the New York Times later todayThu Jun 02 14:30:53 via webJohn Koblinkoblin

A new role for Bill Keller will put a woman, Jill Abramson, in the Times #1 slot for the first time. That new role seems to be: full-time writer. Oh… good.


Rahm Emanuel Back On Ballot, At Least Temporarily

"The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that Chicago ballots must include Rahm Emanuel's name, issuing a stay of a lower-court order that said he wasn't qualified to run for mayor." Also: "The court has not decided whether to hear Emanuel’s appeal of Monday’s Illinois Appellate Court ruling that tossed him out of the race to replace Mayor Daley. But the Supreme Court granted Emanuel’s motion for a stay of the ruling."


Former "Dancing With The Stars" Contestant Gets Three Year Sentence

There is still an ongoing appeal in this one, but anyway: "A judge ordered former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to serve three years in prison Monday for his role in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002."


UPS Investigating Several Packages in NYC, On Planes

@NBCNewYork: UPDATE: Suspected explosive device found on UPS truck in Queens

@BreakingNews Bomb found on Yemen-Chicago UPS cargo flight during London stop – CNN

@kfinews: Airports in Philly and Newark reporting alleged suspicious packages on cargo planes. NYPD says similar situation on UPS truck.

@NYC911: Brooklyn has now a suspicious package at a UPS loading dock.

@NBCNewYork: UPDATE: Suspected explosive device found on UPS truck in Queens

All your suspicious packages are everywhere.


The Mexican Government Is Set To Burn 105 Tons Of Perfectly Good Pot

Here is what 46 tons of pot being burned by the Mexican government looks like. This was in May, and they hired a marching band and everything. They'll be burning even more soon, as military police just completed the biggest pot bust in the country's history: 105 tons of the stuff, wrapped in 10,000 packages, in Tijuana. As the BBC reports: "The drugs, found in houses and vehicles, were wrapped in differently coloured packages that had markings and pictures on them, including the cartoon character Homer Simpson." Who has been declared a "true Catholic," according to L'Osservatore Romano.


Please Calmly Retweet This To Help The Economy

Can the general mood on Twitter provide a sense of how the stock market will perform? Science says yes! "An analysis of almost 10 million tweets from 2008 shows how they can be used to predict stock market movements up to 6 days in advance." Indiana University's Johan Bollen and fellow researchers decided to track the Twitterverse using an algorithm" called the Google-Profile of Mood States (GPOMS), [which] records the level of six states: happiness, kindness, alertness, sureness, vitality and calmness."


"Cleveland, What's Your Question For One of These Next Presidents?"

Legendary maniac Larry King will emcee the third presidential debate. Think about this. Our grand 2012 debate season began with a confused shark-eyed zombie, moved up to a cool and serious lady for the Biden-Ryan thing, and then got all ethical and fact-checky with Candy Crowley. The only possible "big finish" is to bring in a hundred-year-old Vaudeville/CNN star from the Golden Age of Radio for the final debate. Will David Lynch direct? It will be the most historical moment in Larry King's career since he found something weird in his slipper this morning and also thought he heard the great Walter Matthau speaking through a poinsettia in [...]


NYC Cops Not Rapists, Says Jury

Well, the most terrible story in the world has reached its conclusion by verdict. "The jury convicted both officers of official misconduct for entering the woman’s apartment, but found them not guilty of all other charges, including burglary and falsifying business records." So…. that's that. (Although the civil case will proceed.)

I'm sure Dominique Strauss-Kahn is breathing easier this morning.


Rahm Emanuel Tossed Off Chicago Mayoral Ballot

There'll be lots of swearing in Chicago today (or, you know, more so than usual, even given the Bears loss): "Rahm Emanuel was thrown off the ballot for mayor of Chicago today by an appellate court panel, a stunning blow to the fund-raising leader in the race. An appellate panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the residency standard to run for mayor." Emmanuel is expected to appeal to Illinois' Supreme Court.


American Relief Worker Held in Jail in Haiti

The U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince and U.N. representatives are trying to extract an American citizen, Paul Waggoner, from prison in Haiti. Waggoner was arrested on December 13; he and Paul Sebring are the co-founders of the Materials Management Relief Corps, an NGO organized in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake.

According to MMRC's press contact, Nanci Murdock, the charge is abduction, and stems from an incident in the aftermath of the earthquake. Waggoner accepted an injured baby from a family and admitted it to a hospital in Port-au-Prince. The baby died; in the chaos, the family never received the body or a death certificate. In addition [...]


Anita Hill Still Entirely Believable, Confirms Clarence Thomas Ex

Clarence Thomas' former lover comes at last out of the woodwork, after two decades of silence, and throws him under the bus real hard, confirming the already-confirmed stories about him asking women in the office about their breast sizes and his obsession with porn. And there's more! A whole memoir of more.


The Protests in France Are Excellent

What does it look like to have a country where people are angry about their government and actually do something about it? Why, it looks like France! With six days of full-on national protests, with half-a-million people marching and students leaving schools en masse and factories of all sorts shut down, this is what you get when a significant percentage of workers have a way to come to agreement about rights that they would prefer for working people. You know: things that they think are in their best interests. Because they don't spend their days in Stockholm Syndrome with the rich, begrudging welfare payments. The Parliament will vote [...]


Gentleman Persists In Making Uncharitable Remarks About Scale Of Colleague's Endowment

This is too amazing to mar with any kind of comment, so I will just get out of the way: "KEITH RICHARDS has reignited a row with MICK JAGGER – by claiming the singer has a tiny WILLY. The ROLLING STONES pair fell out in 2005 when the guitarist first said Sir Mick had a 'small c**k'. Keith, 66, was forced to publicly apologise. Now he says Sir Mick's ex MARIANNE FAITHFULL 'had no fun with Mick's tiny todger'."


Citigroup CEO Resigns: What You Need To Know

Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit suddenly resigned this morning, which is a very big shock to the people who follow this kind of thing. But how does this affect you, the Citi consumer account holder? You still have to pay your credit card bills, sorry.


Christian Aid Worker Danny Pye Freed from Haitian Prison

For those who've been following along: Danny Pye has been released suddenly from prison in Haiti, after five-plus months. He is en route to Florida, where his wife is going into labor.


Your Tunisia Primer

This is helpful, since it pulls way back to start with, like, "What's a Tunisia" for those of us who have some geographical blank spots.


Smoking Gets Ugly

"I have to believe," said some seer several months ago, "that within five years every pack of cigarettes sold in this city will be mandated to include a piece of diseased lung affixed right to the front." He may have been exaggerating for effect, but he was not all that far off.


Lil Jon Selling Pizzas on the Street

"Why yes, that is lil jon selling pizza pies for charity at some random pizzeria on the corner." Random pizzeria being at 8th Street and Broadway. "For some reason" apparently being "Celebrity Apprentice." Gary Busey, Jose Canseco also in attendance. Man. The recession is rough. Times sure are weird.


Online Advertising Now Nearly 1/3rd of 'New York Times' Revenue

An impressive and scary percentage of the New York Times Company's revenue is from online advertising-27%. Looking back at our New York Times costs v. revenue chart since 2005, excerpted above, which shows from year to year how tight the margin has become between income and expenses, we now see an even further closing-in. Total revenues in the third quarter of this year: $554.3 million. Operating costs: $522.9 million. Here's one thing that's always upsetting: "Newsprint expense increased 19.6 percent, with 25.8 percent from higher pricing offset in part by 6.2 percent from lower consumption." Translated: paper is always costing more, always being bought less. And to [...]