A slow news day, on the cusp of the official Dog Days, but hey — that just makes it a challenge:
- Syria army steps up Aleppo attack (BBC) — One part of the world that does not have “slow news days.” You might also be interested to read this NPR story, Is Assad Carving Out A Haven For Syria’s Alawites? And this from The Guardian: Al-Qaida turns tide in battle for eastern Syria.
- Aurora Suspect Charged With 24 Counts Of Murder (NPR) — And 116 cases of attempted murder. You didn’t have to be hit for it to be attempted murder, of course.
- Insurance Rebates Seen as Selling Point for Health Law (NYT) — Hey, did you get yours? Mine was just under $100. Doesn’t affect what I think of Obamacare, though.
- Romney’s remark creates new stir on overseas trip (WashPost) — Fresh from insulting the Brits, he ticks off the Palestinians.
- Three people in Midlands have tested positive for West Nile virus (thestate.com) — This is obviously a very serious situation, since all three cases were middle-aged men!
- Anti-Putin Punk Band Pleads Not Guilty (WSJ) — I just thought this had a lot of man-bites-dog elements. Or rather, punk-girl-bites-Putin elements. Including the fact that it’s the most prominent story on WSJ at the moment, which is an additional irony. Here’s a picture of the girls.
Then, of course, there’s the Olympics. An American won gold today. But I figure you know that’s going on…