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Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 05/31/2011

PBS hack; Weinergate; Syria revolutions: News to know

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NATIONAL: Weinergate rages on, as Rep. Weiner retains counsel

Despite it looking like Rep. Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account was hacked and he was not sending sexually explicit photographs to college students, the New York Democrat has still retained counsel to advise him “what civil or ciminal actions should be taken.” To catch up on the strange saga of the underpants photograph, the Atlantic Wire has broken Weinergate down into a play in five acts.

TECH: PBS is the latest in a long line of hacking victims

Tupac Shakur does not live, despite reports from PBS “NewsHour.” The hacking of the news site, in retaliation for a piece on WikiLeaks, “show[s] how widespread corporate breaches have become and underline how any organization can become a victim,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Other recent victims have included Lockheed, Hyundai and Gawker.

WORLD: Death of boy reinvigorates Syria protests

Hamza Ali al-Khateeb was 13 years old. “What finally killed him was not clear, but it appeared painfully, shockingly clear that he had suffered terribly during the month he spent in Syrian custody,” writes Liz Sly. Tortured by pro-government forces, Khateeb has reinvigorated the flagging demonstrations in Syria, giving a face to the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

DRUGS: Erase bad memories and a male birth control?

An India doctor may have found a male birth control procedure and the University of Montreal posits the drug metyrapone may be able to stop the brain from recalling bad memories.

NEWS: Banker arrested on charges of assault of New York hotel maid

Just a few weeks after the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn rocked the world of international economics, Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar, the former chairman of a major Egyptian bank, faces similiar charges after being accused of sexually abusing a maid at the hotel Pierre. Does this mean Ben Stein will change his tune?

WEIRD: Death Vader plays a trombone*

*Vader is not playing a saxophone as was originally reported. I was too distracted by his dance moves to discern the difference. Thank you, Christy!

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