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2008-09-26 21:00:16

By Contra Costa Times I apologize... Mea culpas are an art form for politicians and celebrities. We're still waiting for the barons of Wall Street to issue long-overdue apologies to the nation as a whole, but meanwhile we've been musing on the ways average Joes issue lame excuses. We've all been on the receiving end of apologies that aren't quite -- "Hey man, sorry 'bout that. I flaked/it was the booze/you made me do it." What's the lamest apology you've ever received? What prompted it?...

2006-07-25 02:16:43

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Prime Minister John Howard has been demonized by Aborigines for a decade, but on Tuesday one of Australia's most influential black leaders said Howard could be the person that ends generations of black squalor. After years of racial tensions over Howard's tough practical approach to improving aboriginal living standards, prominent black leader Mick Dodson said Howard had an historic opportunity to do what no other prime minister has achieved....

2006-07-11 07:57:53

By James Grubel CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) - After a decade as Australia's prime minister in waiting, Treasurer Peter Costello is now outlining a blueprint for a Costello government -- a move analysts say is designed to bolster his leadership chances. Costello, 48, was anointed long ago as Prime Minister John Howard's heir apparent, and his supporters are hoping his time may soon be coming with Howard turning 67 this month. Leadership speculation recently resurfaced after...

2006-07-10 00:30:37

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Ambitious Australian Treasurer Peter Costello said on Monday that Prime Minister John Howard had promised to hand over power in his second term, contradicting his long-serving leader over the existence of a succession deal. "He told me that he intended to do one-and-a-half terms as prime minister and then he would hand over," Costello told reporters in Melbourne, after Howard denied the existence of a secret 1994 deal to hand power to his anointed successor....

2006-03-02 03:57:43

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - For Australian Prime Minister John Howard, it was just another day at the office on Thursday as he marked a decade in power, standing in parliament confidently fending off attacks on his conservative government. "I'm working today," Howard told reporters. He said he still had plenty of energy and enthusiasm for the job, giving little hope to his ambitious heir apparent, Treasurer Peter Costello, that he would retire any time soon. Howard was...

Word of the Day
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.