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NATIONAL: Giffords smiling in photographs
Since the Tucson shooting that killed 16 and injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Giffords has only been seen in obscured images. Her hand or the back of her bed were all the photographs the public saw until Sunday, when her office released two smiling photographs of Giffords (one is shown above). Although the images do indicate progress is being made in Giffords recovery, the scars of her injuries are also still very visible.
TELEVISION: “The Wire” may come back
The [full disclosure: my opinion here] best show ever created on television for all time, “The Wire,” could resurface. Creator David Simon responded to Attorney General Eric Holder’s plea for a new season or movie of the Baltimore-based series. According to the Times of London, Simon said:
The Attorney-General's kind remarks are noted and appreciated. I've spoken to Ed Burns and we are prepared to go to work on season six of “The Wire” if the Department of Justice is equally ready to reconsider and address its continuing prosecution of our misguided, destructive and dehumanising drug prohibition.
Okay. Maybe I shouldn’t hold my breath for McNulty’s return anytime soon.
TECH: IMF hacked in “major breach”
The New York Times reports the International Monetary Fund was hit by “a large and sophisticated cyberattack whose dimensions are still unknown.” As the IMF has been working with countries on the verge of financial collapse, such as Greece and Ireland, the database could contain “political dynamite” and “market-moving information.”
WORLD: Militants in Yemen linked to al-Qaeda
From the Post’s Sudarsan Raghavan:
Islamist extremists, many suspected of links to al-Qaeda, are engaged in an intensifying struggle against government forces for control of southern Yemen, taking advantage of a growing power vacuum to create a stronghold near vital oil-shipping lanes, said residents and Yemeni and U.S. officials.
ODD: Conan O’Brien gives Dartmouth grad speech
Appropriately silly and inspiring: