Marilee J. Layman (mjlayman) wrote,
Marilee J. Layman
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Assorted Odd News

A woman descended from Sioux is suing the University of Illinois to make them stop using their Indian mascot. Some Illinois students have decided that "What they don't realize is that there never was a racist problem before," wrote one, "but now I hate redskins and hope all those drunk, casino owning bums die." Is it possible to suddenly be racist? Don't they have to have thought that in the back of their minds for a while?

The late Jack Kent Cooke, former owner of the Redskins, was married to his third wife for a few weeks. She agreed to abort the pregnancy but then reneged and Jacqueline Cooke is now 19. She gets $50K/year from her father's estate plus some other small amounts of money. She's $23K in debt to Southern Methodist and is trying to get more money out of her father's estate. Her mother says the $50K is meant to be her "walking-around money". I don't get it how she can't live on $50K/year. I get by on a lot less. What the heck is that girl spending it on?

In the Virginia Legislature last year, the Republicans made a rule that bills can be killed in subcommittee which normally don't record the vote. That means there's no way to point at who voted for what (most recently, seven minimum wage bills were defeated by voice vote). The Democrats first tried to get rid of the rule, but in the Republican-controlled legislature, that didn't work. So now they're using cameras to capture what happens in the subcommittees and loading them on YouTube and http://www.assemblyaccess.com. The Republicans are grumbling.

Want to marry a Welsh farmer? The WashPost tells you all about it.
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