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What Reagan Missed: Other News of the Day

Other News - Jerry Sandusky

Sounds like Sandusky is doing more than just dropping the soap in prison. Jerry Sandusky, the disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach, allowed himself to be interviewed in prison where he is serving 30 years for child sex abuse. Interview highlights include 1: Sandusky not knowing if Joe Paterno suspected he was abusing children and 2: Sandusky still clinging to the defense that he was merely “fooling around” with Victim 2. Sandusky is appealing his conviction and continues to deny any wrongdoing. USA Today

Other News - Harper and PandaToronto has Panda fever! Prime Minister Stephen Harper greeted two giant pandas today as they arrived for their 10-year stay at the Toronto Zoo. Er Shun, a five-year-old female, and Da Mao, a four-year-old male, will spend 5 years in Toronto before moving on to Calgary for 5 years. The panda arrival was much anticipated as it marks the first time in almost thirty years that pandas have been at the Toronto Zoo. This was front page news in Canada. CBC News

SOFTWARE- GATESCondom-gate: Bill Gates is so rich that he wants a $100,000 condom. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is putting up $100,000 to try to entice someone into developing a condom that feels so good people will want to use it. Arguing that many men don’t like using condoms because of the reduced pleasure, the Foundation is looking for a “Next Generation Condom” that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure. The benefits of such a product could include reduced pregnancies and fewer cases of HIV. But if condom companies haven’t been able to do this, who will be? NBC News

Other News - VirusA vial of deadly virus has gone missing from a Texas lab but there is no reason for alarm. Really? Because it sounds like there are quite a few reasons to be alarmed. The vial that went missing from the research facility contained a virus that can cause hemorrhagic fever but officials are assuming it was destroyed during the lab’s cleaning process until the investigation is finished. Luckily the virus is transmitted only through contact with Venezuelan rats, not person-to-person. CBS News

Other News - Hong Kong MaidsHong Kong gives domestic workers a slap in the face by denying them permanent residency. A final appeals court ruled that foreigners in Hong Kong who are domestic helpers (read: maids), will not be eligible to become permanent residents like other workers from abroad. As it stands now, foreigners working in other jobs can seek permanent residency after living seven years in Hong Kong, but immigration rules explicitly bar domestic workers from doing so. Needless to say, the Filipino community was not impressed. Los Angeles Times

other news knoxThe Italian Supreme Court is set to rule on whether Amanda Knox should stand trial for a second time. Knox was convicted of killing her former roommate and spent four years in jail before the court overturned her murder conviction. If the acquittal is overturned, the case will go back to an appellate court and Knox might have to return to Italy. But even if that happens, the US is likely to reject the request because of a little thing called ‘double jeopardy’. CNN

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