|Paolo Gabriele rides in the "pope mobile" with the Boss.|
SO HARD TO FIND GOOD HELP -- The Vatican arrested Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict XVI’s personal butler who, based on papers found in his flat, is suspected of leaking highly sensitive materials involving corruption, mismanagement, cronyism, nepotism and suspicious payments made by the Vatican bank and events surrounding the recent firing of its president. There's so much evidence of a pope-ordered cover up, the scandal is being referred to in the Italian press as “Holy Watergate.”
JURASSIC JAZZ FESTIVAL? -- A team of researchers from Oxford University report in the Journal of Human Evolution the discovery of what they believe are the earliest known musical instruments – a pair of flutes carved from ivory 45,000 years ago. DNA taken from the mouthpiece of one of them indicates that it was played by an ancestor of Kenny G who probably worked in a section of the cave that served as a stone-age version of an elevator.
READY... SET... WHAT? -- Over 27,000 marathoners, including some of the best in the world, have gathered in Edinburgh, Scotland for that city’s tenth annual Marathon Festival. Among them is the world’s oldest runner, Fauja Singh who is 101 and is signed up for the relay. Fauja will will be given no special treatment in deference to his advanced age. Well, maybe one. Officials will double the usual amount of gun powder in the starter’s pistol to make sure he hears it.
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