More Beijing denials on intent toward Taiwan
From The New York Times' Jim Yardley
BEIJING, Monday, March 14 - Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on Monday defended a newly approved law that could authorize a military attack to prevent Taiwan from seeking independence, saying it was intended to ensure peace, not promote war.
"It is not a war bill," Mr. Wen said at a televised news conference after the closing of this year's session of the National People's Congress, China's version of a parliament.
"We don't want to see foreign interference," Mr. Wen said slowly, speaking about Taiwan, "but we do not fear foreign interference." The assembled hall of 700 journalists, a large majority Chinese, applauded.
Yeah, why does that seem a little hard to beleive...
Gooden Is Arrested in Tampa and Charged With Punching Girlfriend
From The New York Times' Jack Curry
TAMPA, Fla., March 13 - Dwight Gooden was arrested on a domestic-violence charge early Sunday morning for punching his girlfriend in the face after she hit him in the head with part of a telephone, the Tampa police said.
...and yet this one seems almost expected.