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Now it can be told why Mircea Geoana lost Romanian election

Romanian election

Now everything makes sense with regard to last year's Romanian elections. It seems that former Foreign Minister Mircea Geoana, above, was pretty positive that he was going to beat President Traian Basescu in a Dec. 6 runoff. But everything went south for him after a Dec. 3 debate in which he did not fare well. Well, Geoana says — and his wife confirms — that Basescu's camp attacked Geoana with "negative energy" during that debate, causing the poor performance. "People who were working for Basescu in this domain were present to the right of the camera. . . . I saw them and I know who they are," Geoana told Antena 3 television. Previously, a Geoana aide has said that Basescu dressed in purple on Thursdays during the campaign as part of a "violent flame" conspiracy. Basescu won a close election, but maybe it shouldn't have been so close?

Skip a date

Grand Forks won't have a Jan. 31

The city of Grand Forks, N.D., will forgo Jan. 31. The 2010 calendars issued by the city do not include that date, so apparently it just won't happen. Had it happened, Jan. 31 would have been held on a Sunday, and if you flip over to February, that month starts on a Monday, just like in the rest of the world. So officials figured there was no real reason to fix it. Kevin Kuntz, president of the printing company, said since January is so cold, he's okay with it having one less day.

Nudity in the news

Ploy to avoid arrest has a flaw

Julia E. Laack of Sheboygan, Wis., had what seemed to be a brilliant plan to avoid being arrested. To her, anyway. When police showed up at her house to arrest her on charges of stealing beef jerky and a lighter from a convenience store, she stripped down to her underwear and told the police that they couldn't arrest her because she was naked. But after reviewing state, local and federal law, it turns out there is no such restriction. So they took her in. The Sheboygan Press reports she was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail. Alcohol may have been involved.

Civics lesson

Ga. town forgets to hold election

It was a busy year in DeSoto, Ga., in 2009. So busy in fact, that officials forgot to hold an election for two City Council posts. Apparently, it just totally slipped the City Council's agenda. Which, of course, tends to benefit the incumbents. Until the state called and threatened penalties for forgetting. "We just forgot it, that's the only thing that happened we just forgot it," council member Addie Cutts said. So now they are planning to set one up as soon as they can. But the state has given them a deadline in March.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

Now it can be told why Mircea Geoana lost Romanian election 01/18/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:31am]
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