8/8 Morning Communiqué

THESE DAYS

A recent Boston University School of Medicine study links consumption of soft drinks—both the sugared and diet variety—with a higher risk for a range of obesity-related health problems.

A judge Monday granted new trials for two former elections workers convicted of rigging a recount during the 2004 presidential election to avoid a more thorough review of the votes.

Playing the popular Chinese tile game mahjong can lead to seizures, Hong Kong researchers say, calling the phenomenon "mahjong epilepsy." [via Undernews]

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Christopher Tassava blogs about the bridge collapse, toppling toddlers, and suspicious bananas peels dotting the roadways at Blowing & Drifting.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

The Ten Best Bands that Never Existed

President Bush's visit to the I-35W bridge site as imagined by Mr. Fish

Minesweeper: The Movie

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"He's a control freak who micro-manages decisions, he has a confrontational character trait and picks fights just to score points. He is the last thing this country needs as president right now."

— Jerome Hauer, New York's emergency management director from 1996 to 2000, on former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, in the Telegraph


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