The Pulse: 6 Oct. 2009

Enjoy your fall break. The Flat Hat will resume its regular print schedule Friday, Oct. 16. Until then, check to keep up-to-date.

Jenifer Thomas ’05, a teacher assistant from Jacksonville, N.C., won $13,400 on Thursday night’s “Jeopardy!” The former William and Mary choir singer came in second the next day, earning an additional $2,000.

Tourism income is down in the Historic Triangle for the second straight year, the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance reported. Restaurants reported a 5 percent drop in revenue compared with last year; hotels reported a 14 percent drop.

The Oct. 24 Miss Williamsburg pageant has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

Anheuser-Busch may finalize the sale of Busch Gardens to the Blackstone Group as early as today. Blackstone is a major player in amusement parks across the globe, having large stakes in Universal Orlando, Legoland and Madame Tussaud’s. The sale has drawn considerable interest in the financial world as it would be the largest private-equity buyout so far this year.

The European Union needs to do more in Afghanistan, international relations professor Mitchell Reiss said in a New York Times op-ed Friday. Writing with Karen Donfried of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a public policy think tank, Reiss argued that the EU should maintain current troop levels, augment training support for the Afghan army and increase institution-building efforts. The EU should also persuade Russia and China to impose sanctions on Iran, Reiss said.


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