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Jewcy Zeitgeist: Jackson Breaks Records, Sanford Tries to Fall in Love, and No More Jewish Repulican Senators

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order (with a little extra to make up for our mini hiatus since Monday):   A Yemenia plane crash over the weekend is thought to have left only one survivor, a 12-year-old … Read More

By / July 1, 2009

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order (with a little extra to make up for our mini hiatus since Monday):

 

  • A Yemenia plane crash over the weekend is thought to have left only one survivor, a 12-year-old girl, who is now sharing her story of the traumatic incident.
  • The South Carolina governor scandal gets stranger as Sanford says that his mistress is his "soulmate," but that he’s trying to fall back in love with his wife. Which makes sense because love is definitely something that can be forced if you try really, really hard. And ignore your so-called soulmate.
  • Gossip Girl is getting a new face for drama this fall: Hilary Duff.
  • Bad news bears for Republican Jews: the last Jewish GOP senator, Norm Coleman, has been defeated, leaving the GOP without a Jewish senator for the first time in more than fifty years. Ouch. More on this story to come.
  • In the aftermath of the death of Michael Jackson, his album sales have shot through the roof – literally. 422,000 copies of his combined solo albums have sold since his death last week. His solo albums and one from his work with the Jackson 5 have taken the top nine spots on Billboard’s Top Pop charts for the week, breaking all records.
  • Yesterday’s train crash in Viareggo, Tuscany has claimed the lives of 17 people and caused injury to more than 34, 12 of whom are in serious condition. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was booed as he arrived for a press conference.
  • In case you needed more reason why you shouldn’t keep a python as a pet, horrifying news is coming out of Florida, as a 12-foot-long Burmese python escaped its aquarium and strangled a two-year-old toddler as she slept. The mother’s boyfriend, who owned the "pet," did not have a proper permit to keep the murderous creature.
  • Oscar-winning actor Karl Malden, known for his roles in "On the Waterfront" and "A Streetcar Named Desire" has died. He was 97.