7/3 Morning Communiqué

THESE DAYS

The U.S. National Security Agency asked AT&T Inc. to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, lawyers claimed June 23 in court papers filed in New York federal court.

Researchers at Indiana State University in Terre Haute have found that children ages 6 to 8 burned more calories and had higher heart and breathing rates when they were given heavier toys to play with. Now, go get daddy's six-pack out of the fridge!

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Blogging on Scream Club, Joe Mauer, X3, and GLBT issues at I just stepped in a big pile of sassy!

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TIME WASTERS

See how fast you can type!

Why watch the World Cup when you can watch Ladder Racing!

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"You keep getting the worst life has to throw at you and you show up everyday in the morning in the newspaper and people see that and they say, 'Well, you know what, he's still here so maybe what I'm having happen right now, or Ziggy's thing happened to me, is not so bad.'"

-- Ziggy cartoonist Tom Wilson on the 35th anniversary of the funny pages' lovable loser


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