- Birthday Shots
Today’s shots go out to music pioneers Stevie Wonder and Richie Valens, pop-turned-country singer Darius Ruckers, Twilight’s Robert Pattinson, and the one and only Bea Authur.
- This Day in History
On May 13, 1846, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly votes in favor of President James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico in a dispute over Texas. [See, even Polk knew how important Texas was more than 150 years ago!].
Also on this day, in 1981 Pope John Paul II is shot and wounded at St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Italy. Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca, an escaped fugitive already convicted of a previous murder, fired several shots at the religious leader, two of which wounded nearby tourists. Agca was immediately captured. Agca claimed that he had planned to go to England to kill the king but couldn’t because it turned out there was only a queen and “Turks don’t shoot women.” He also claimed to have Palestinian connections, although the PLO quickly denied any involvement. Detectives believed that his confession had been coached in order to throw investigators offtrack.
- And Then There Were Three
As predicted, last night saw Big Mike leaving American Idol. Now it’s down to the good stuff – hottie Casey James, rocker, Lee Dewyze, and our next American Idol Crystal Bowersox. Casey will go home next week, I predict.
- The Food for Thought
Why is that when a Republican loses in the primary (Sen. Bob Bennett), it’s the purification of the party, but when a Democrat loses in the primary (Rep. Alan Mollohan), it’s merely a bad year for incumbants? Things that make you go, hmmmmmm.
- Metro Opens Wallets
As most of you know, WMATA has had more than its share of problems over the last few years; their budget being only one of them. Some of the possible new Metrorail fares prices include…
— Increase the peak-period boarding charge to $1.90 for trips of less than three miles.
— Increase the mileage charge on the first tier of peak period (three to six miles) to about 40 cents a mile.
— Increase the mileage charge on the second tier of peak period (six miles to peak) to about 35 cents a mile.
— Increase the “max peak” period fare to $5.
— Implement “peak of the peak” pricing, an additional 10 cents to 20 cents on fares between 7:30 and 9 a.m. and 4:30 and 6 p.m.
— Implement “congested core” surcharges of 20 cents to 50 cents for travel to or through about 20 key stations during the peak-of-the-peak period.