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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Morning Newsdome: Luxury vacations for you and your pooch

click to enlarge DICK CHENEY: Always evasive
  • DICK CHENEY: Always evasive

>> For anyone with a few million dollars to burn: Barcelona-based architects The Galactic Suite Space Resort plan to open the first hotel in space in 2012, with an eight-week training course on a tropical island included in the $4.4 million three-night stay. No word yet on whether the tropical training is actually more enjoyable. (Reuters)

>> Need a more down-to-earth alternative to space travel? For $14 a day, Taipei families are sending their pets to chic dog hotels complete with VIP suites, pools, salons and classes. Stray dogs are a problem in Taiwan after an economic boom in the 1980s when people bought puppies, did not expect them to grow bigger and then abandoned the grown animals. Sounds like the same Taiwanese logic at work for these doggie resorts. (Reuters)

>> Vacations in space are possible for Warren Buffett, the world's second-richest man, who just bought the vast American railway system Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) for $34 billion. Maybe the deal gets him the train discounts deals he desperately needs. (the Guardian)

>> A fight broke out in the Washington Post newsroom after editor Henry Allen told writer Monica Hesse her piece was "the second worst story I have seen in Style in 43 years." Fellow writer Manuel Roig-Franzia defended Hesse by telling Allen not be such a "cocksucker" when Allen punched Roig-Franzia in the face. That's nothing. Sounds like another day at Creative Loafing. (Politico)

>> And finally, while you're off to the voting booths today, lets think for a second about public officials. In a FBI interview released last week, Dick Cheney stated on 72 occasions that he could not be certain of his answers concerning the Valerie Plame case. That kind of unaccountability is giving me a heart attack too. (Yahoo! News)

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