Formula One world championship contender Kimi Raikonnen, in his blazing qualifying lap for the Monaco Grand Prix two years ago, roars through the streets of Monte Carlo.
** MONACO GRAND PRIX. A light day of politics, needless to say. The Formula One circuit hit Monaco this weekend, running the Grand Prix of Monaco through the colorful streets of Monte Carlo. The video above gives you a sense of the view. Reigning world champion Fernando Alonso of Spain led from start to finish through all the twists and turns, beating his British teammate Lewis Hamilton with the British McLaren-Mercedes team by four seconds. Brazil’s Felipe Massa was a distant third for Italy’s Ferrarri team. Finland’s Kimi Raikonnen, now racing for Ferrarri, had engine trouble and finished eighth. Alonso and Hamilton, a 22-year old rookie, are tied after five races in the hunt for the F1 world title. The globe-spanning F1 circuit hits North America in the next few weeks, with the Canadian and US Grand Prixs.
** BIG CALIFORNIA PENSION FUND JOINS COALITION PRESSURING EXXON MOBIL. California’s massive Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS), has joined the coalition of two dozen institutional investors pressing Exxon Mobil to regulate its greenhouse gas emissions, invest more in renewable energy, and remove Stanford economist (and chief economic advisor to Republican presidential frontrunner Rudy Giuliani) from the Exxon Mobil board. As chairman of Exxon Mobil’s Public Issues committee, say the investors and their environmentalist allies, Boskin has refused to meet to discuss climate change.
** AL QAEDA’S AMERICAN PRISONERS STILL NOT LOCATED. A 16th day of searching by thousands of US troops south of Baghdad for the two remaining American soldiers captured in an ambush by Al Qaeda is nearing a close. The prisoners have still not been located.
** “CRAZY” RUDY. There’s been some chatter, including in the NWN forum, about Ronald Reagan calling Rudy Giuliani “crazy” in his diaries. It turns out that Reagan wrote the comment when he learned that Giuliani was proposing to indict Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who many believed looted his country.
Reagan: Jim Kelly NSC came in to report Philippine legis. is giving us trouble on renewing our mil. bases there. And Giuliani (U.S. Attorney) is talking of drawing up an indictment against Marcos. I think he’s crazy.
That kind of puts a different spin on things, don’t you think? Giuliani successfully prosecuted Michael Milken and other corporate takeover artists of the 1980s.
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