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General News Archive - July 10, 2003

Free agent Karl Malone, the NBA's second-leading all-time scorer, committed Thursday to join the Los Angeles Lakers, giving them a lineup with four superstars. "We've agreed to it; he's going to become a Laker," Malone's agent, Dwight Manley, said Thursday. "In his mind, he's already a Laker.

The Italian sausage was a hit with Randall Simon. In a bizarre scene during the popular sausage race at Miller Park, the Pittsburgh first baseman took his bat and delivered a two-handed chop that knocked over a woman dressed in costume Wednesday night.

Mexican authorities issued hurricane warnings and tourists took last-minute dips in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean on Thursday as a strengthening Tropical Storm Claudette churned toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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