Flu Hospitalizations on the Rise

CNN.com – Report: Flu hospitalizations on the rise – Sep 14, 2004

The number of people hospitalized in the United States because of the flu has climbed substantially over the past two decades to an average of more than 200,000 a year, in large part because of the aging of the population, a government study found.

Severe cases of the flu can result in pneumonia, dehydration or a worsening of chronic medical conditions, and can be life-threatening — especially for the very old or the very young.

If you’re in one of the recommended target groups, get your flu shot. Hospital food jokes have a basis in reality, so avoid the hospitalization if you can!

House passes frivolous lawsuit bill

CNN.com – House passes frivolous lawsuit bill – Sep 14, 2004

The last person at the table gets stuck with the check.

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Police thwart ‘Cannonball Run’

CNN.com – Police thwart ‘Cannonball Run’ – Sep 14, 2004

MADRID, Spain (Reuters) — Spanish police temporarily seized luxury and sports cars driven by people they suspected of participating in an illegal road rally named after a 1981 film starring Burt Reynolds, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Obviously, CNN has no gearheads in its editorial staff. “…named after a …film starring Burt Reynolds”? Please. Allow me to introduce you to Mr. Brock Yates, and his creation, the Cannonball Run:

In the early 1970s, Brock Yates, senior editor of Car and Driver Magazine, created the now infamous Cannonball Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash; a flat out, no-holds-barred race from New York City to Redondo Beach, California.

Huh, named after a movie starring Burt Reynolds. Well, he needs to send a bonus to his publicist. Next they’ll report on NASCAR being modeled after a movie called Stroker Ace.

Don’t get your history from the movies, kids.