TGIF, 9 July 2010
The World Cup day that was
8 July: BaGhana BaGhana win the World Cup
Blame game continues over King Shaka chaos; Howard Webb to referee final; Rafael Nadal to support La Roja at the final, in person; BaGhana, BaGhana the real World Cup winners (if you fiddle the numbers); Pitch invader used wheelchair ruse to gain access.
While you were sleeping
The ten Russian spies caught in the United States pleaded guilty to acting as agents, and were promptly sentenced to time already served. In return, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pardoned four of his countrymen serving sentences for spying on behalf of the US. The American-based spies have already been deported; at least some of the Russian-held ones have already left that country.
Ria Novosti, ABC
Former Oakland policeman Johannes Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for shooting Oscar Grant in the back as he lay on the ground in 2009. The incident, which was videotaped by several people, triggered days of rioting in the city. Several hundred protesters marched in Oakland to protest the verdict, police officers were pelted with rocks and bottles and at least one store was looted.
LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle
Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas ended his hunger strike of several months and will now be weaned off the intravenous drip that has kept him alive. He had originally demanded that 25 political prisoners be set free before he would take nourishment, but supporters say they convinced him that the planned release of 52 over coming months – and the fact that he is near death – are reason enough to start eating again.
Miami Herald, Catholic News Agency
Venezuela announced it had arrested two people for trying to cause a run on banks by spreading false rumours on Twitter. That charge could carry more than a decade of jail time under a 2001 law specifically aimed at protecting the country’s fragile banking system.
LeBron James, the superstar basketball player whose coy refusal to announce his intentions has kept Americans fascinated for a week, revealed (on live television) that he’ll be joining the Miami Heat team for the next season. In response, residents of his home town of Cleveland burned copies of his famous number 23 jersey and threw stones at depictions of him.
MSNBC, Chicago Tribune