May 12th, 2007

Virginia Tech Shooting Victims Get Posthumous Degrees

The crowd rose to its feet and cheered Sterne in one of the most poignant moments of the morning commencement ceremony at the College of Engineering.

It was one of several campus ceremonies in which individual colleges and departments handed out diplomas to students, including posthumous degrees to those killed in the April 16 attack at a dormitory and classroom building.

Rupert Murdoch Says He's Turning Worldwide Operations For All His Businesses Green

In one of the most unexpected conversions since Saul of Tarsus hit the road to Damascus, Rupert Murdoch is turning into a green campaigner. He is making the whole of his worldwide operations carbon neutral and setting out to "educate and engage" his readers and viewers about global warming.

He believes his companies' "global reach" presents "an unprecedented opportunity to raise awareness and to stimulate action around the world". A former sceptic who confesses to having been "somewhat wary of the warming debate", he laid on his first global webcast for all his employees on Wednesday to tell them that he was "changing the DNA of our business". He added that he had started with himself, buying a hybrid car.

Republicans Unable To Define Iraq Progress

"No one knows how to define progress in such a mixed-up situation," said Representative Jack Kingston, Republican of Georgia and a member of the subcommittee that overseas military spending. "We're having trouble measuring it. Imagine building a house without a ruler."

Mr. Kingston, who holds weekly breakfast meetings with the Republican "theme team," a group of about 30 lawmakers, is trying. The star of last week's session, held in the basement of the Capitol, was the deputy prime minister of Iraq, Barham Salih, a Kurd. But equally important to Mr. Kingston was the other guest: Jason Campbell, a scholar at the Brookings Institution who is a co-author of something called the Iraq Index.

Live 8 Organizer Blasts Gore Climate Change Concert: "We Are All (Expletive) Conscious Of Global War

"I hope they're a success," De Volkskrant newspaper quoted Geldof as saying in an interview.

"But why is (Gore) actually organizing them? To make us aware of the greenhouse effect? Everybody's known about that problem for years. We are all (expletive) conscious of global warming," he said.