*Today is June 19, 2010. In Texas, this is celebrated as Juneteenth because after the Civil War ended, it was not until this date in 1865 that slaves in the Lone Star State were finally informed that they were free.
*The summer season officially starts Monday June 21, while Father's Day is celebrated tomorrow June 20.
The latest on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
*British Petroleum has set aside $20 billion to honor claims against them for damages, etc. But out of the hundreds that have been filed, less than 70 have been honored thus far.
*Taking heat from all sides, including the British press, BP's Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward decided to take the day off and watch his yacht race in the annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management's Round the Island race.
Personally, I could understand if it was something involving a child or another family member, but a yacht? o:0
*The state of Arizona, after passing immigration legislation that has sparked much debate and legal hassles, is now contemplating similar action against the beings known as "anchor babies", those children born in the United States. If passed, the children will be disallowed any local and state services as well as being treated like the parents under the current laws despite the fact that technically they are officially American citizens.
*In a recent interview, former first daughter Barbara Bush revealed that despite being George W.'s daughter, she is for health care!
*I'm sure this comes as no surprise to anyone, but Hormel Foods, the makers of Spam (SPiced hAM) do not like the term spam as it applies to the unwanted parts of Internet e-mail. But they have a classic routine by Monty Python's Flying Circus, entitled simply enough: "The Spam Sketch", to thank for the initial application of the term.
*The Portuguese Nobel prize winning author Jose Saramago has passed away.
In entertainment news:
*Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford have wed after a long engagement.
*Former country musician and sausage king Jimmy Dean has passed away.
In sports news:
*The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics to win professional basketball's 2010 NBA Championship.
*The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Philadelphia Fliers to win professional hockey's 2010 Stanley Cup.
*The Woman's National Basketball Association (WNBA) 2010 season is underway.
*After a controversial call during the USA vs. Slovenia match Friday, referee Koman Coulibaly of Mali has been suspended by World Cup Soccer officials pending further investigation.
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