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  1. Crime Scenes
    Red-Handed: Meat Thieves Steal Over 2,000 Pounds of BeefThese thieves only steal locally raised beef.
  2. Mediavore
    Kildare’s Reopens After Being Cited for Serving Minors; Hail Storm ofPlus: McDonald’s cops a farm-to-table stance; and bootleg liquor claims 115 lives in India, all in our morning news roundup.
  3. Marketing Gimmicks
    Molson Coors Will Release a Lady-Specific BeerThe new brew is being marketing to female drinkers.
  4. Mediavore
    What’s Beer Pong Without the Beer?; Get Ready For Some Bieber-cue!Plus: The U.K.’s most popular food is not fish and chips; and the push is on to make borscht cool again, all in our morning news roundup.
  5. foreign relations
    Barack and Michelle Met William and Kate TodayAnd other things happened on the presidential visit to London, but who really cares?
  6. the final frontier
    The Time a British Man Mistook Daylight Saving Time for an Alien AbductionUFO Fail.
  7. the royal robots
    Prince William and Kate Middleton to Live WITHOUT SERVANTS for THREE YEARSEven after they are married!
  8. terrorble
    Twelve Suspects Arrested in England on Suspicion of a Terrorist AttackA different kind of war on Christmas.
  9. the brits
    ‘I Do Think This Was the Classic Example Where the Prince of Wales Should Have Been Using His Armoured Bentley — It’s Far Less Conspicuous’That’s former royal-protection officer Ken Wharfe talking to the BBC about Prince Charles and Camilla’s close call last night.
  10. loose lips
    Julian Assange Arrested in Britain Over Swedish Sex Charges [Updated]More details emerge about Assange’s accusers; Senator Feinstein urges prosecution under the Espionage Act.
  11. loose lips
    International Hunt for Julian Assange Stalls Over Faulty PaperworkThey will wait for Sweden to fill out their arrest warrant correctly.
  12. Mediavore
    Trick-or-Treaters To Be Tracked; Even In Brazil, McDonalds Makes You FatA new Android app lets you trace the path of your little goblins, while Mickey D’s must pay an employee $17,000 for his weight gain.
  13. Mediavore
    Off-Shore Drinking Ban Considered in San Diego; Sports Concessions Riddled withThe end of “Floatopia” might be drawing near, while eating at the game poses health risks.
  14. Mediavore
    British Soccer Players Blow Small Fortune at XIV; White House Chef Cooks UpWhile Britain weeps, two players have a ball and Sam Kass helps lead the charge on healthy food initiatives.
  15. figureheads
    Attention New York: Do Not Touch This WomanQueen Elizabeth II will be in New York for a few hours today.
  16. christina aguilera
    Christina Aguilera Makes Music History in the UKBy dropping twenty-eight chart spots in a single week.
  17. the gayness of intel
    Report: Prince William to Wed Kate Middleton in $40 Million CeremonyThat’s what ‘Star’ says, anyway.
  18. royals
    America to Have Two Fergies, for GoodThe Duchess of York is threatening to leave the United Kingdom for good.
  19. anti-clockwise
    In Britain, Brown Out, Cameron InThis is giving us a headache.
  20. old blighty
    Gordon Brown ResignsAfter a hung election, Britain’s prime minister throws in the towel.
  21. anti-clockwise
    Britain’s Election Over and … Nobody WonAnd you think our system is confusing.
  22. Mediavore
    Thomas Keller Compares the Coasts; Okie Bar Manager Slices Off Customer’s NoseThe Bouchon chef thinks New Yorkers and Californians are similar, while an Oklahoma bartender goes to jail for his messy handling of a noise complaint.
  23. Mediavore
    A Beer Stronger than Whiskey Debuts; Chefs Defend Veal SuppliesA new Australian ale is 41% alcohol and British chefs urge eating an inhumane dish as humanely as possible.
  24. breakups
    U.K.’s Channel 4 Drops FriendsAfter 15 years, the friendship is over.
  25. Mediavore
    Soldiers Survives on Spam; EU Considers Bluefin Fishing BanAfter their helicopter was shot down, British troops lived off canned meat.
  26. Mediavore
    Absolut Collaborates with Spike Jonez; Sundance Gets a Food TruckThe filmmaker received funds for his new love story and the famous film festival has a new food vendor.
  27. Mediavore
    Emeril Lagasse to Host Talk Show; Hot Sauce Stunt Lands Teens in HospitalA celeb chef ditches the pan for a microphone and ten teens drink a spicy solution 200 times hotter than Tabasco.
  28. Mediavore
    Mariah Carey Leaps Into Wine Business; Gordon Ramsay Set to Start TweetingThe singer is releasing a rose and television’s most fiery chef plans to go viral.
  29. international intrigue
    Jamie Dimon to London: Happy New Year! You May Not Get Our HQ After AllThe JPMorgan CEO had some harsh words for Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer.
  30. terror plots
    Averted Northwest Airlines Bomb Was Powerful, But Very Hard to IgniteThank goodness?
  31. a new england
    Meet Britain’s Newest Comedy Star! (Oh, P.S., She’s Only 8 Years Old)Ramona Marquez just won the Best Female Newcomer award at the British Comedy Awards.
  32. Mediavore
    Michelle Obama To Appear on Iron Chef; Coke Comes Back to CostcoIron Chef goes Presidential and Costco settles a pricing dispute with Coke.
  33. Mediavore
    Tiger Woods Loses His Focus; Man Arrested for Stealing LeftoversTiger Woods sees his Gatorade product dropped, while a hungry, hungry man gets arrested.
  34. Marketing Gimmicks
    Is It Burger Porn or Is It Art?UK Burger King takes burger porn to the next level with showercam
  35. Mediavore
    Fat Duck to Serve Whale Vomit For Christmas; Cannabis Cafe Coming to PortlandA British restaurant serves the ultimate in gross-out food, while a Portland Cafe attempts to serve marijuana with food.
  36. white men with money
    The Day Andrew Ross Sorkin Was Touched by Guy HandsIn which a ‘Times’ reporter is seduced over mint tea.
  37. christ figures
    The Second Coming Arrives As Susan Boyle Returns to Britain’s Got TalentWhen it comes to Susan Boyle, we tend to side with Lily Allen.
  38. harry windsor and our libido of fire
    Prince Harry to Invade New York’s HarborThe British are coming! The British are coming!
  39. britain
    Britain Overrun by Virtuosic, Opera-Singing EyesoresIs Greg Pritchard the new Susan Boyle?
  40. things we wish we'd thought of first
    Hot New Trend: Drawing Penises Only God Can SeeWell, God and Google Earth.
  41. photo op
    British Invasion British Prime Minster Gordon Brown, who spent the past two days golf-carting around Camp David with President Bush, arrived in New York last night, where he met with President Clinton to talk about his anti-poverty plans and then gave a speech today at the United Nations on the same topic. (After which employees massed to photograph him while he spoke to reporters.) We’d mention the details of the plan, but the more relevant part is this: That’s why there were all those cops around the Waldorf yesterday and today. Just in case you’re curious. (We were.) Earlier: President Bush and His Toy Car
  42. in other news
    President Bush and His Toy Car The front page of yesterday’s Times offered a photo of President Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown merrily golf-carting around Camp David. We glanced at the shot, amused by the cowboy president’s attempt to do his squinty-eyed tough-guy look while piloting a conveyance most often used on the manicured fairways of Shinnecock or in the retirement communities of Boca. We were about to flip the page when we noticed something: A placard on the front of the vehicle labels it “Golf Cart One.” We chuckled to ourselves, and we thought that it’s sort of the perfect presidential vehicle for this particular commander-in- chief, for his underpowered golf cart of a presidency. Then we got worried; were we being unfair? Perhaps this isn’t Bush obnoxious frat-boy humor (“I’m the president, and it’s my golf cart, so it’s Golf Cart One. Heh heh heh.”) but rather a longstanding tradition. So we asked President Clinton’s spokesman. Did that administration, too, call the presidential scooter “Golf Cart One”? The e-mailed reply came late in the day: “Nope.” Good.
  43. the in-box
    The Battle of (Little) Britain Rages On We wonder if perhaps our across-the-street/pond conversation with the jolly good folks at the Campaign for Little Britain is coming to an end. We’ve received another missive from them this afternoon, and this time there’s no humor, no suggestions of a special relationship. We’re keeping a stiff upper lip, but we’re concerned: From: info@campaignforlittlebritain.com Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:41:38 PM To: intel Dear Intel Let’s address the real issue, regardless of any rational arguments and examples of precedent we might make you can’t get over your central objection — “it’s a marketing gimmick.” This is a specious.
  44. the in-box
    Little Britain: We Will Never Give In, Never Give In, Never Never NeverWe’ve received an offer of détente in our ongoing battle with the Campaign for Little Britain, to which we have heretofore entirely objected. Yesterday we suggested, dismissively, that if they succeed in getting Greenwich Avenue between West 12th and West 13th Streets — the British-ish shops Tea & Sympathy and A Salt and Battery are on the north side of that block — renamed “Little Britain,” we’ll campaign to have the southern side of that same block, from which we’re writing this, renamed “Little Place Where Some Jewish Writers Live.” Late in the day, we received a supportive reply. Here, a Balfour Declaration just for us: From: info@campaignforlittlebritain.com Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 2:41:42 PM To: intel Terrific idea! We’ll vote for you if you vote for us. We’ve put the kettle on… Sean Sigh. If only we could bring ourselves to vote for them. Earlier: Daily Intel’s self-indulgent coverage of Little Britain.
  45. the in-box
    Correction: The British Are Bemused! The British Are Bemused!If anthropomorphization is when human characteristics are applied to things not human, what’s the opposite? Because we got another letter today from the Campaign for Little Britain, which writes very much as though it’s one human being but signs its notes as though it’s an intangible entity. In any event, our new pen pal Campaign takes issue with both our response to his (her?) letter yesterday, and with our (punning) headline description of the Brits as angry. Here’s London calling, from a far-too-close place: From: info@campaignforlittlebritain.com Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 1:11:08 PM To: intel Subject: Angry? Me? Dearest Intel Not remotely angry. Bemused, perhaps.
  46. the in-box
    The British Are Angry! The British Are Angry!Earlier this afternoon we noted our disgust with the PR-driven plan to rename a block of Greenwich Avenue as “Little Britain,” a ploy by the proprietors of two British-ish businesses on that block to get themselves onto the city’s official street map. We objected to many things, among them the attempt to liken this designation to Chinatown or Little Italy, which, we argued, organically developed because of the immigrant populations who clustered in the area, not because a tea shop got a few bucks from Richard Branson to hire a PR firm. The Campaign for Little Britain responded, refuting some of our claim and charmingly using the words “recognised” and “cheers”: From: info@campaignforlittlebritain.com Sent: Monday, July 16, 2007 2:20:24 PM To: intel Hi Got to take issue with your article, it is in the tradition of already recognised neighborhoods, check out Little Brazil, Koreatown, or Little India — they were started by businesses, too.
  47. in other news
    Defy British Imperialism: A Belated Call for a New York Tea PartySo did you notice in yesterday’s City section that little article about the proposal to rename a stretch of Greenwich Avenue in the West Village as “Little Britain”? Yeah, we almost missed it, too — but it reminded us about this insipid idea, first announced a few months ago, about just much how we object to it, and that we ought to explain why. See, here’s the thing: It’s all a marketing gimmick. For a private business. The couple behind the plan own Tea & Sympathy and A Salt and Battery, respectively a tea shop and a fish-and-chippery, on that stretch of Greenwich. And they want the name of the street changed simply to boost their own business. (Hey, great idea: Let’s rename Madison Avenue between 49th and 50th “Magazine Avenue!”)
  48. it just happened
    Blair Departs, and Bush Throws Him a Bone So Tony Blair is now, officially, no longer Britain’s prime minister, having tendered his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II earlier today. He’s off, presumably, to become the Quartet’s Mideast peace negotiator, while Gordon Brown has been approved by the Queen as his replacement. For President Bush’s take on his great ally’s departure, we refer you to low in the AP news item: “Tony’s had a great run and history will judge him kindly,” Bush told Britain’s The Sun tabloid in remarks published Wednesday. “I’ve heard he’s been called Bush’s poodle. He’s bigger than that.” See, that’s real friendship. Bush thinks of Blair — excuse us: Tony — as something much bigger than a poodle. A golden retriever, perhaps. Maybe even his St. Bernard. Gordon Brown to Take Over From Blair in Britain [AP via NYT]
  49. show and talk
    The Queen Comes to America: A Fashion Report A visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II may be a state occasion, but it’s not exactly a fashion event. After all, she’s been wearing boxy suits, major hats, and skirts of that curious Hasid-chick length for as long as anyone can remember. How’d she do on her just-winding-up American tour? Here’s a blow by blow.
  50. it just happened
    No War With Iran (for Now)! We’d sort of convinced ourselves that the British sailors and marines captured by Iran were going to become the Archduke Ferdinands of the Middle East–centered World War III Bush and Cheney have brought us to the precipice of. But there’s the good news today that Iran is releasing them, and we’re pleased to see the conflagration is staved off for at least another day. “We’re not looking for confrontation over this,” Tony Blair said in a radio interview yesterday. Funny what happens when you choose not to look for confrontations. Iran to Release 15 Britons Held Since March 23 [NYT]
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