Here’s today’s page, served up on an afternoon schedule, as many of you (and I) prefer:
- Clinton rebukes Israel over East Jerusalem homes — Joe Biden expressed his displeasure during a visit to Israel earlier in the week. Now they’ve got Hillary on their case. A one-column lede.
- China Warns Google — This ongoing battle of wills between this American megacorp and the world’s most populous country has the feel to me of being a hinge of history — a move away from the age of nation-states, to a time when corporations conduct their own foreign policy on a high level. Yeah, I know that’s a trend that’s been going on for some time, but this case takes it to a new level, on that bears upon not only the global economy but even national security issues.
- Widening Abuse Scandal in Germany Enmeshes Pope — A senior church official acknowledges that “serious mistakes” were made in the handling of a sexual abuse case in a German archdiocese — when the current Pope was its archbishop.
- Cromartie faction scrambles to retain power — An “emergency meeting” of Cromartie’s supporters held a meeting last night from which a reporter (the intrepid Adam Beam) was barred. Mayoral candidate Steve Benjamin was a named guest at the meeting. Also, a judge was appointed in his case.
- Legal Experts Say Lehman Criminal Case Would Be Difficult — This is a followup to a story in this morning’s WSJ about a scathing report on the Lehman collapse by a bankruptcy court examiner, a report that “paints the most complete picture yet of the free-wheeling culture inside the 158 year-old firm, whose chief executive Richard S. Fuld Jr. prided himself on his ability to manage market risk.”
- James Brown’s body — In a London tabloid, a daughter claims that the body of the late South Carolinian, the Godfather of Soul, is missing. The Augusta Chronicle reports that there’s nothing to it, according to a funeral director.
Kind of a slow news day, really. Last Friday was newsier.