Lunch-break update, Tuesday, April 27, 2004… “hot heat” edition…
Heat wave strikes Southern California: The “downtown” Los Angeles weather station (on the USC campus) reached a record high of 99 degrees yesterday, easily topping the previous record, 91. Long Beach hit 101, shattering the old record of 89. West Hollywood hit 98, and BoiFromTroy is hot. (Erm, not like that. I mean, maybe he is, but I don’t play for that team. Not that there’s anything wr… oh, nevermind. :)
Yesterday was also Phoenix’s hottest day of the year so far — though not as hot at USC! — as the mercury hit 98 degrees here. And the forecast calls for another 98-degree day today. So, will Phoenix have its first 100-degree day in April? It looks like today might be our last, best chance to reach triple-digits before the new month begins Saturday. (The forecast calls for 96 tomorrow, and then low 90s for the rest of the week.) Right now, it’s 93. Stay tuned.
The heat is on Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter (like the segue?) as he faces a tough primary challenge from a conservative Republican today.
The U.S. will be able to deflect North Korean missiles by the end of the year. Maybe.
Or maybe we’ll use blimps. Big Brother wants to watch you from 100,000 feet using an airship 25 times the size of the Goodyear blimp. Doubleplusgood or doubleplusungood? We report, you decide.
An NYU student who was living in the library basement has been evicted from his “home” after campus officials discovered his blog, www.homelessatnyu.com. Note to self: when squatting illegally in subterranean lair, do not publish location on the Internet.
Breaking news: Explosions in Syria.
That’s all for now.
UPDATE: CNN reports:
An hour-long battle between police and gunmen broke out Tuesday in downtown Damascus, the capital of Syria, killing at least one passer-by and injuring several others, according to Syrian television and other sources.
At least one attacker was killed and one wounded, according to the Syrian ambassador to the United States.
At least six explosions preceded the gunfire at about 8 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) in an area between the Iranian and Canadian embassies and near the residence of the British ambassador to Syria, according to witnesses.
Syrian TV quoted security sources as saying a “group of terrorists engaged in random fire with Syrian security forces.”