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December 15 2010 Current Events Newsletter

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Part I: Amanda Knox: Italian vs. American Justice
After deliberating for over 11 hours, an Italian jury convicted Ms. Knox of all charges except theft. But, there are still some very compelling questions about the evidence and process it used in making its determination.

WORLD EVENTS: Approval for US-Russian Nuclear Pact Eminent;
September, 2008 WikiLeaks documents reveal Exposed Route of Arms in Sudan - Bush ignores and Obama challenges; UK Financial Services Authority finds Master List of Boiler Room Victims

ALL IN THE FAMILY: According to a recent poll of US surgeons, redheads apparently need more anesthetic than other patients undergoing the knife. This is attributed to a greater release level of a hormone that stimulates a brain receptor associated with pain regulation.

POLITICAL INTERESTS: Faced with Italian unemployment at a record 8.5 per cent and public debt at 120 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product, controversial candidate, Silvio Berlusconi, has secured the office of Italy’s Prime Minister until 2013.

PERSONALITIES: Michael Kitchen, actor, often described as “the most underrated actor in the UK.” Born in Leicester, England. Best known for his characters of DCS Foyle in BBC series “Foyle’s War,” Berkely in “Out of Africa,” and Mr. Briggs in “Enchanted April.” 1969 graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and recipient of the “Emile Littler Award” for demonstrating “outstanding talent and aptitude for the professional theater.” Wife: Rowena Miller; Children: 2; Interviews: Rarely

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: Virginia federal court judge strikes down mandated purchase of health care insurance tenement under the US Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, declaring it “unconstitutional.” US Supreme Court action next?

ALLSPICE FOR LIFE: Popular theory holds that avoiding nightshade vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, and potatoes will reduce joint and arthritic pain.

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