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General News Archive - October 26, 2008

Scales used to weigh travelers' luggage at South Florida airports are frequently inaccurate, records show.

The Anchorage Daily News endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama Sunday over the Republican ticket with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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