Did this man help free Laura Ling and Euna Lee?
Question: Is the New York Times inadvertently (or maybe even purposefully) hinting at a juicy detail in one of the weirdest diplomatic exchanges in recent American history? More to the point, what role, if any, did Bobby Egan -- former FBI informant, freelance unofficial backdoor diplomat, New Jersey BBQ restauranteur -- play in convincing North Korea to release journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee?
Pardoned US Journalists Return HomeLaura Ling and Euna Lee are free, thanks to Bill Clinton [NY Times]
Ahmadinejad InauguratedBecomes Iran's president...again [Reuters]
Phantom Tollbooth Only about 1/2 of drivers actually pay [Boston.com]
Obama's Birthday GiftsReceives cupcakes, mountain in Carribbean [AHN]
The American Repertory Theater's Zero Arrow theater is no more; it has been stomped to cosmic dust under the glitter-crusted platform heels of The Donkey Show
-- a bacchanalian performance piece so over-the-top, it's apparently
inspired the A.R.T. to completely overhaul its scrappy black-box venue
in Harvard Square.
Happy Birthday, Mr. President!Obama turns 48 years young [Newsweek]
And Dines with DemsTo discuss cash-for-clunker program with demoratic senators [ABC News]
Also - Promises No Tax IncreaseFor middle class families [CNN]
More Boston Police DramaSuspended officer sues [Boston.com]
Bill Clinton in North KoreaUrges release of imprisoned US reporters [NY Times]
I'll never understand how the Metro chooses the wire copy that it runs. Today they have something from Reuters about this whiny little cunt Vincent Nichols - the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales - who has a beef with social networking.
According to the article, Nichols believes that such sites as Facebook and MySpace lead young people to form "transient relationships which put them at risk of suicide when they collapsed."