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14 May 2008

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Democrats Win Mississippi House Seat -- While Hillary Clinton was winning a pointless victory in West Virginia yesterday, an important election was going on in Mississippi. Democrat Travis Childers beat Republican Greg Davis in the run-off of a special election to fill the vacancy left when Congressman Roger Wicker was appointed to serve out Trent Lott?s US Senate term. It wasn't really a close race (about 54% to 46%); a place as conservative as Mississipi?s First Congressional District going to the Democrats is a serious matter for the GOP. Worse for the Republicans, it is the third such loss they have taken in two months.

Corruption Made Chinese Earthquake Worse -- Mondayís earthquake in the Chinese province of Sichuan has killed at least 15,000, and more are likely to be found dead as the rescue effort evolves into a recovery operation. At 7.9 on the Richter scale, it is the worst earthquake to hit China since 1976, when 300,000 people died in the city of Tangshen. The death toll this week didnít need to be this high. Corruption undermined building codes to put up buildings that were deathtraps waiting to happen.

HP to Buy EDS for $13.9 Billion -- In a move to challenge IBMís dominance in information technology services, Hewlett Packard offered $13.9 billion yesterday for Electronic Data Systems. The offer is $25-a-share, all in cash. It represents a 4% premium over EDSí closing sharing price on Monday. Both boards have unanimously approved the deal, which should close in the second half of this year.

Tyson Offers Howard Grads Glimpse of Post-Racial America -- Astrophysicist Neil deGrace Tyson was one of five luminaries awarded an honorary degree by Howard University this past week-end as part of the graduation exercises for the Class of 2008. In accepting the honor, Dr. Tyson was as his entertaining best, pointing out to the mainly black audience that he was never entirely comfortable at academic hooding ceremonies. He also told a story of his own past that hinted at what post-racial America can be.

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