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Great moments in airline security

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 23, 2004 - 12:16am

USATODAY.com - Flight canceled after passenger discovers Arabic-style handwriting in magazine

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Midwest Airlines canceled a flight ready to take off for San Francisco after a passenger found Arabic-style handwriting in the company's in-flight magazine and alerted the crew. (Read more)

Mr Latham goes to Townsville

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 22, 2004 - 9:15am

When I read yesterday that Mark Latham was promising to raise Townsville's profile as a defence base, I thought he was planning a special assignment for the North Queensland Cowboys. As it happens, it's a promise to establish an infantry battalion and a parachute battalion in the city, which is situated - fancy - in the marginal Liberal seat of Herbert.

Grizzled from Grayndler

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 20, 2004 - 6:37am

Nominations closed for candidates for the federal elections on Thursday, and the Australian Electoral Commission announced them on Friday afternoon. Only five candidates in my electorate of Grayndler - that's a surprise. Not so surprising is the 78 candidates for the 12 senate vacancies in New South Wales, making up thirty different groups. That's right - the NSW senate ballot paper on October 9 will be thirty columns wide.

A Canadian tragicomedy hits Nashville

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 19, 2004 - 2:31pm

What a week for ice hockey! Canada wins the World Cup, then the NHL lockout begins. And aren't the gloom merchants having a field day!

I'm not personally going to go into much depth on this - I couldn't care less about ice hockey really - except to track a few perspectives on events, mainly from a Canadian angle.

Strike one Japan, and other baseball blathers

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 19, 2004 - 12:29pm

It's on, or should that be off. There will be no professional baseball in Japan this weekend. Talks between the Japan Baseball Players Association and the owners broke down on Friday night.

At issue is the planned merger between the Orix BlueWave and Kintetsu Buffaloes. The association, concerned about player redundancies, opposed the merger then offered a compromise of deferring the merger till 2006 so that another club could take its place. The owners refused.

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