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• Crain’s Chicago Business reported, “The Illinois Lottery ended its 2005 fiscal year with higher-than-ever sales and education contributions.” Figures for specific games increased up to 32% with an 8% lift for the amount of money the Lottery flows to public schools. If other advertising agencies servicing the Lottery received this news, they’d be showered with tremendous praise and respect. RJ Dale Advertising will probably get another audit and a grand jury subpoena.
• The judge in the Bill Cosby case won’t allow women testifying against the icon to conceal their identities. Right now, nine women have come forward and proclaimed Cosby sexually assaulted them in a style similar to the current alleged victim. Wonder how Cosby will spin this into his certain-Blacks-need-to-show-better-personal-responsibility lectures.
• Public outrage has prompted the Mexican postal service to not release more Memin Pinguin stamps. Of course, the stamp has already sold out. No word yet from Mexican President Vicente Fox, who had insisted his country cherishes the racist character. Fox is probably looking to incorporate Memin Pinguin onto the national flag.
• On a related note, Memin Pinguin is all the (out)rage on eBay, where sheets of stamps are priced as high as $1800. T-shirts, comics, toys and more are available too. Attention, KKKmart shoppers! There’s never been a better time to find the perfect gift for that special bigot in your life.
• In addition to declaring a mistrial in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death case, the judge ordered the City of Los Angeles and its police department to pay fees and costs incurred from the legal actions to the slain rap star’s family. The mistrial was called when the judge suspected the LAPD of deliberately withholding evidence. It’s hard to tell who are the real thugs and criminals in this scenario.