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Jewcy Zeitgeist: Haitian Shipwreck, Co-Pilot Didn’t Want to Fly, and Whale Impaled by Watching Ship

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:   Britain has decided to pull out nearly all of its remaining troops from Iraq as of Friday, as the agreement that’s keeping them there will expire at the end of this week. … Read More

By / July 28, 2009

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:

 

  • In yet another reminder of why you really should stay home when you’re not feeling well, the cockpit voice recorder from the fatal flight that crashed in Buffalo in February indicated that the co-pilot wasn’t feeling well. Apparently, she didn’t want to pay for a hotel room, so she decided she was "pretty tough" and could make the trip. Four crew members, 45 passengers, and one person on the ground were killed.
  • Haitian shipwreck off the coast of Turks and Caicos has left 79 migrant workers missing after the wooden boat ran aground. Over 120 have been rescued and two men were found dead.
  • Twitter is only kinda-sorta banned at the White House. HootSuite is available on the computers of those on President Obama’s new media team, but remains blocked elsewhere for security purposes. I wonder how they feel about Facebook and Myspace? This sounds like high school library computers all over again.
  • A whale-watching boat impaled a rare 70-foot fin whale off the coast of Alaska and dragged it all the way back to Vancouver. Recent reports indicate that the whale may have been ill prior to being killed by the boat.
  • new multi-shot taser has been released, allowing users to stun up to three times before requiring reloading. Apparently, police in the UK are pretty excited about it.