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Two news stories to relay to LJland in the wee hours if Monday morning (well it is as I type this anyway...).

First in line is the light-hearted affair of Ashley Revell, from London,  who sold everything he owned and took the money to Vegas to play roulette. Sky One have been following him (admittedly I've not watched it but have seen the adverts) and on Sunday night he bet everything he had (which amounted to $135,300) on one single spin of the roulette wheel. He had the choice of betting it all on either Red or Black and ended up plumping for Red. The fates seemed to smile on him as he's now got $270,600 after the wheel landed him with a Red 7. I would never, ever, bet my entire wealth on a spin of the wheel but well done to Ashley. Dor the full story check out this CNN report.

The second story takes me back to the whole issue of 9/11 and whether the current US Administration had any warning of the attack and could have possibly prevented it. Now my own opinions are that they should have scrambled the fighter planes AS USUAL when a plane diviates off course and started heading towards NYC. That would have helped matters somewhat. I'd personally like to know why standard procedure wasn't followed by the air force for a start. But I digress. The 6th August 2001 Memo to President Bush entitled 'Bin Laden Determined To Strike in US' has been released. It's not long but proves the administration were aware that hijacking US planes were on Bin Laden's agenda even if they may not have been sure what he was going to do with them. A PDF of the declassified Presidential Memo can be found here, courtesy of CNN again. For a story giving further information I'm sticking with CNN again (mainly because it's late and I'm on their site anyway) and point you towards THIS STORY which also mentions a no-fly zone was put into place over Genoa in Italy during the G8 summit there back in 2001 due to fears that terrorists could  "crash planes into the buildings where the leaders were meeting".

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