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halberstamdavid.gifStudent Who Drove Halberstam to Be Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter (SF Chron)
San Mateo County prosecutors will file a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge against the U.C. Berkeley graduate student who was driving David Halberstam to an interview when their car allegedly ran a red light and was struck by another vehicle, killing the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, authorities said Thursday.

New York Times to Share Video Clips with the Public (
The paper will make the embed code of its video clips available to the public by early fall. This means that many of the Times' videos will be freely used and posted to blogs and Web pages. This change will be implemented in Q3, according to Diane McNulty, a spokesperson for the New York Times. Could Hit Jackpot on Auction Block (WSJ)
Entrepreneurs Jake Winebaum and Sky Dayton were widely mocked for lavishing $7.5 million on a single Internet domain name — — back in 1999. It was the single highest price paid for a domain name at the time. Now look who is having the last laugh. The company that grew out of could fetch anywhere between $300 million and $400 million.

Sicko Leaves Top Democrats Ill at Ease (LAT)
Unlike Al Gore's film on global warming, which helped rally support on an equally controversial problem, Sicko is creating an awkward situation for the leading Democratic presidential candidates. Rejecting Moore's prescription on healthcare could alienate liberal activists, but his proposal could be political poison with the larger electorate.

Rushdie Fatwa Looms Again Amid New Protests (Breitbart)
Angry Islamists protested against Britain's knighthood for Salman Rushdie Friday, as an Iranian cleric said the death sentence on the writer was still valid 18 years on. The Indian-born Rushdie remained at the center of a firestorm nearly a week after being awarded the honor with demonstrators in Pakistan torching effigies of him and Queen Elizabeth.

Ethics Columnist Derailed (SpokesmanReview)
Steven A. Smith: After months of discussion, we were prepared to start this Saturday publishing Randy Cohen's "The Ethicist" column from the New York Times. But, jeepers, turns out Cohen gave money to in 2004.

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