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The $500,000 Hangover

After raking up a debt of half a million dollars during a drunken "blackout period," a California man is suing the Los Vegas casino that gave him the drinks

The Filter: Sept. 30, 2008

A round-up of this morning's must-read stories.IN BAILOUT VOTE, A LEADERSHIP BREAKDOWN(Jackie Calmes, New York Times)The collapse of the proposed rescue plan for the teetering financial system was the product of a larger failure — of political leadership in Washington — at a moment when the world was looking to the United States to contain the cascading economic crisis.

Voices From Campus

Barts was disturbed by the videos and photographs that Cho shot of himself. "The worst part of it all was the image of him pointing the gun because that was the last thing many of [the victims] saw.

Mail Call

Taking Aim at a Dread DiseaseReaders responded to the new research and more-effective treatments in our Aug. 22 cover story about lung cancer. One wrote, "I hope that early detection and gene therapies will boost the survival rate, but mostly I hope that the stigma that surrounds the disease will be killed as well." Others remembered lung-cancer victim Peter Jennings: "Peter 'held our hands' during many crises.

Can Aids Be Stopped?

This week, AIDS Vaccine 2001, the first international conference devoted to AIDS vaccine research, kicked off in Philadelphia. In the works: a vaccine created from a livestock virus that was given to monkeys via nasal spray, a vaccine which kept the HIV virus at lowered levels after HIV patients stopped taking their antiretroviral drugs, and one which heightened immune responses in 22 of 26 patients in a study in Kenya.

A High-Tech Search For A Missing Navy Wife

The plywood, only a bit of it exposed, looks suspicious. Who would have wedged the 5-foot-by-2-foot sheet here, between the roots of a giant evergreen on an island north of Seattle, and covered it with dirt?

All I Want For Christmas...

This year, for once, we got our vicarious shopping done early. Avoided the crowds coughing germs on us, beat the lousy weather, maxed out the credit card before the Fed could jack up interest rates any further -- we're in a holiday mood!

Hollywood Is Talking

"Hello, gorgeous," said Barbra Streisand to her Oscar in 1969, the year she won it as Best Actress for "Funny Girl." (In 1977, she won another as cowriter for Best Song.) Since then it's been "Hasta la vista, baby," for the most famous hunk of celebratory hardware in the world and the multitalented, steel-willed actress-singer-producer-writer-director.

Hollywood Is Talking

"Hello, gorgeous," said Barbra Streisand to her Oscar in 1969, the year she won it as Best Actress for "Funny Girl." (In 1977, she won another as cowriter for Best Song.) Since then it's been "Hasta la vista, baby," for the most famous hunk of celebratory hardware in the world and the multitalented, steel-willed actress-singer-producer-writer-director.