Today on The T&D Show Wednesday
Posted 7/21/2010 1:00:00 AM
T&D Kickers:
Playboy is now safe to read at work -- at least a Playboy website is. Playboy has launched TheSmokingJacket.com, for the guys who claim they only read Playboy for the articles. The new website won't have any of the naked babes that make Playboy.com definitely N-S-F-W -- not suitable for work. The new site doesn't even mention the word Playboy, so it won't be blocked by the boss' firewall or censoring software.

They're itsy bitsy and teenie weenie -- but these aren't yellow polka dot bikinis. Designers are showing the swimwear you'll be seeing next year at the beach. The little bikini is back in a big way. The suits were on the runway at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2011 in Miami Beach. Gold, hot pink and turquoise are the popular colors. Not all the swimsuits are two-piece, though. Jeans company True Religion has a denim one-piece with slashes in it. And just like jeans, the swimsuit fades over time.

Hitting on women in court isn't very judge-like behavior. Now, a district judge in Pennsylvania is being suspended without pay for two months. Judge Gerard Alonge  is also being placed on probation until his current term expires at the end of next year. The Court of Judicial Discipline says Alonge called female lawyers repeatedly and even went to their homes uninvited. His lawyer says Alonge is just socially inept and doesn't know how to meet women. Alonge, himself, calls his behavior "bizarre and weird.''

It's a girl! And she's 6 feet tall! The Philadelphia Zoo is welcoming a newborn giraffe -- the first to be born at the zoo in 13 years. She's the calf of 9-year-old Stella and 4-year-old Gus. Zoo officials say the baby was delivered after a 15-month gestation, and both mother and calf are doing well. Officials aren't sure when the public will get to see Stella and her calf. The baby has yet to be named.

The check is in the mail -- and so is the pot. Police report an elderly woman in Jackson County, Mich., got a two-pound package of marijuana in the mail. The weed was sent from Arizona and police say the return address is bogus. Investigators believe the package was sent to the woman's home by mistake, or someone planned to snatch it from her mailbox. A local paper (The Jackson Citizen Patriot) reports the senior citizen called police about the mystery marijuana after realizing what she had received.

T&D Headlines:
Millions of Americans whose unemployment benefits have run out are breathing a sigh of relief. The Senate is poised to pass legislation today restoring the benefits. The measure would then go to the House for a final vote and on to President Barack Obama later this week.

President Barack Obama is set to sign a sweeping overhaul of financial regulations today. The law sets up a council of regulators to watch for risks across the financial system and creates a new consumer protection agency. It also places shadow financial markets under new scrutiny and gives the government new powers to break up companies that threaten the economy.

A nonprofit group says the number of police officers who have died in the line of duty is up 43 percent so far this year. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund says 87 officers died in the line of duty between Jan. 1 and June 30. That's compared with 61 officers during the first six months of last year.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he'll reconsider a decision to oust a black employee over racially tinged remarks after learning more about what she said. Shirley Sherrod says her remarks were about learning from mistakes and racial reconciliation, not racism, and were taken out of context by a blogger.
Posted By: Todd Jeffries  

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