» A huge Obama fan: The Akron, Ohio resident’s meeting with the president was highly anticipated by both her and her family, making the news of her death all the more sad. “I’m sure this was her highlight,” said Harris’ sister Frankie Adkins, upon hearing the news. “She loved Obama.” Our sincerest condolences go out to her family and loved ones.
This means the loss of 11,000+ jobs, not to mention a major bookseller and price competitor.
We’ve been covering this topic pretty heavily over the past few months. Heartbreak.
» A message to TBD’s staff: We hear you’ll be able to work on your publication for the next few weeks as its model changes – a temporary respite from unemployment. As someone who’s been in that position before, I can tell you it’s a bit of a dead-man-walking situation. Sigh. These things are never fun. Make the best of them.
My whole family was like that, we all have lead feet. Who would care about a water bottle? … I’m just like in damn disbelief.Debra Hilling • On the death of her son, Michael. See, Michael, who couldn’t swim, jumped into Lake Michigan in an attempt to recover his girlfriend’s water bottle, which had fallen in. You know, on January 1st, in Chicago. The emergency call was received at 12:08 a.m., by the way, just minutes into 2011. Fark calls it “The first Darwin Award of 2011.” We just call it extremely unfortunate. See, Michael’s first anniversary with his girlfriend was Friday night. Now we’re really sad. Poor guy. source (via • follow)
» Oh yeah, they need more help. We can’t imagine how much fun it is to work at Fannie Mae right now. The company, after all the loans they’ve already gotten from the government, needs another $2.5 billion from the U.S. Treasury. And their buddy Freddie Mac had an even bigger loss last quarter, with $4.1 billion falling in their depressing money pit.