Major Nidal Malik Hasan emptied his apartment before going on the shooting spree that left 13 people dead and 31 wounded yesterday. The Army psychiatrist was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan to offer therapy to soldiers there, so his neighbors — who say they didn’t know him — were not suspicious when he began passing around his personal belongings to them. According to the Post, he visited one woman’s apartment and gave her a new Quran, plus some frozen broccoli, spinach, portable shelves, and T-shirts. A day later, he gave her his air mattress, a desk lamp, and several briefcases. He then, according to reports, “offered her $60 to clean his apartment Friday morning, after he was supposed to leave.”
Post-manual-recount Florida Senate **official** election results: Rick Scott (R) defeats Bill Nelson (D) by 10,033 votes.
The manual recount actually shifted the margin by 2,570 votes, which is more than twice as many as the previous record recount shift this century. The fact that Florida is a huge state helps, but that’s certainly notable.
25,543 fewer votes were cast in the Florida Senate race than governor’s race in Broward County. It’s possible—though by no means certain—that bad ballot design cost Bill Nelson his seat.