President Vladimir Putin of Russia responded to the recent terror attacks there by announcing plans for a radical restructuring of the Russian political system that would end the popular election of regional governors and district representatives in parliament. [Lexington Herald-Leader] Many of those governors praised Putin’s plans; few politicians dared criticize them. Colin Powell expressed “concerns.” [New York Times]
Republicans in West Virginia told voters that Democrats will ban the Bible if John Kerry wins the presidency in November. [Associated Press] Dick Cheney said that electing John Kerry could lead to another terrorist attack. [USA Today]
Two Canadian lesbians were granted a divorce. [New York Times]
A schoolteacher was arrested for carrying a weighted bookmark in her purse as she attempted to board an airplane in Tampa, Florida. [St. Petersburg Times]
Scientists were developing a stinky robot that attracts flies, which it then digests and converts into electricity. [New Scientist]
The Cassini spacecraft discovered a new ring around Saturn. [2004-09-09] The Genesis space capsule, which had been collecting sun beams in outer space, crashed into the Nevada desert after two helicopters failed to catch it in mid-air as planned. [New Scientist]
British psychologists warned that people who keep diaries are more likely to suffer from headaches, insomnia, digestive complaints, and social problems. [New Scientist]
Social problems? SOCIAL PROBLEMS!?!