Wow. This morning, the people at AOL picking the headlines for the AIM welcome screen have really topped themselves. Yeah, they had a headline when the Madrid bombing was breaking yesterday morning, but do they follow-it-up today with more info about what might have happened, including possible ties to al-Queda and Spain has begun an official three days of mourning? Do they include any notice of the California Supreme Court ordering the City and County of San Francisco to stop performing same-sex marriages? Any mention of the Senate passing a $2.4-Trillion budget resolution? No. Apparently none of that matters when there is news (especially "breaking news") such as this:
- Breaking News: Lotto Winner Robbed Twice 1 Week, Sued
I definitely would not have made it through my day not knowing this "breaking news."
- R. Kelly's Sex Photos Dismissed
Damn, they were that boring? Guess this might make it harder for him to pick-up teenagers if that news gets out.
- Petting Dog Results in Conviction
Wha??? Actually, what apparently happened was a female animal activist (belonging to a group called Dogs Deserve Better) went into some guy's backyard to pet a dog and fill his water bowl. She was convicted of tresspassing and prowling -- two misdemeanors. Apparently, the owner of the house was surprised to see some strange woman in his backyard when he went out to fill the water bowl. The woman claims that she saw the dog and he "seemed to be in distress." The owner denies it. The headline is simply misleading. She didn't get convicted for petting the dog; she got convicted for going into someone's backyard. It's not even a cute, bizarre human interest story. As the owner of the house rightly states, if she was "was so concerned about my dog, it would have been easy to come to my front door and speak to me directly."