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Achenblog: June 8, 2008 - June 14, 2008

Tim Russert

Very sad news here in Washington: Tim Russert died today of a heart attack while taping in a sound booth at the NBC bureau. He was 58. Here's the story from NBC. Tom Brokaw went on live a few...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 13, 2008; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (206)
 
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Weed Season Again

Now comes our annual session of whining and mewling and sputtering about the dreaded, dratted weeds that proliferate in profusion starting right about this very second. Today I saw a scout for the coming crab grass invasion. It poked...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 13, 2008; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Time Running Backward

Why does time run forward and not backward? Why is there an "arrow of time"? This is a major conundrum in the world of physics and cosmology. You could argue, perhaps, that scientists are overthinking the matter, but they'd...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 12, 2008; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
 
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Unscheduled Earthquakes

Earthquakes don't happen on schedule. That's the one intrinsic flaw with the Great Southern California Shakeout, an earthquake simulation exercise in Los Angeles scheduled for Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. Sure, it's a good idea. People need to be...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 11, 2008; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Those Swing Democrats

One of my former-hippie relatives said this weekend, "I predict an Obama landslide! He'll win every state!" Although you have to take this prediction in context (he's never been right before, and is still rattled that the Dictatorship of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 9, 2008; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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