Tuesday, July 31, 2007

News Wrap: Star Jones, WSJ, Lobbyists, Kurds

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 3:21 PM

Here’s the Wrap:

• Star Jones talks about the shame of hiding her weight-loss surgery.

“First, I didn’t know if the surgery would work,” she confesses in the magazine essay. “I had spent my entire adult life telling everyone that I was fine with the way I looked. I never thought I’d have to explain it. But the complete truth is, I was scared of what people might think of me.”

And now, ironically, people don’t think about her. At all.

• The Wall Street Journal buyout is right around the corner.

“After all the high-minded concerns about editorial interest and journalistic excellence, it gets down to who pays the legal fees for the Bancrofts,” Benchmark & Co. analyst Ed Atorino said. “And some of the trustees bailed, fearing they’d get sued by some of the younger trust beneficiaries if they voted against the deal - so much for principles."

• House votes to end bundling. Lobbyists said to be trying out new names for gathering donation money. Maybe “folding” or “clumping.”

• Kurds threaten civil war. Talk about being late to the party.

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