The Kensington Review

17 September 2004

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Federal Judge Dismisses Case for New Jersey Special Election -- When New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey, a Democrat, announced that he was resigning back in August, he set up a politically surreal situation by making that resignation effective on November 15. In so doing, he avoided a special election that would have filled the vacancy which might have been won by a Republican. Instead, the slot will be taken by state Senate President Richard J. Codey, a Democrat, thus keeping it all in the party. This being America, a lawsuit was immediately filed in US court claiming this somehow violated the rights of the people of New Jersey. US District Judge Garrett E. Brown Jr., threw the case out as groundless, and the two Princeton lawyers who brought the case have filed it in state court. They should get the same treatment there if there is any justice.

British Protesters Embarrass Security Chiefs -- It was a bad week for the image of British security. Bad enough that some clown in a Batman suit managed to climb onto Her Majesty's balcony at Buckingham Palace, then some Hooray Henrys disrupted a House of Commons debate on a fox hunt ban (to be chased down by middle aged men in tails and knee socks). When under attack by the IRA years go or facing terrorists in the Iranian embassy on Prince's Gate, British security at least won respect and sympathy for doing such a difficult job. Today, it is a laughingstock. And the sooner it wipes the egg off its collective face, the better.

Brits Say Apple's iTunes Discriminates against UK Customers -- Apple's iTunes service is the biggest and most successful musical download operation worldwide. Worldwide is an interesting problem for iTunes, though. Some British consumers are upset because Apple's break-through 21st century technology has been structured with a 20th century sales system. In a nutshell, a customer in London pays more for each and every song than a customer in Paris or New York. Britain's Consumers' Association has asked the Office of Fair Trading to Investigate.

NHL Players Locked Out -- Ice hockey will be played in North America this winter, but there's a fair chance it won't be played by NHL teams. A labor dispute endangers the entire hockey season. The team owners have already given league commissioner Gary Bettman the power to call everything off for 2004-05. Those in the know say this could be the first year since 1919 that there is no Stanley Cup final. The Spanish Flu that killed millions after World War I did in the 1919 Cup; a 21st century disease -- unbridled greed -- may destroy this one.

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