HOT TOPICS 6.23.08 – George Carlin Dies, Tom Brokaw Will Host "Meet The Press", Gas Prices Still Climbing
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Legendary comedian George Carlin has died at the age of 71. Carlin suffered heart failure yesterday in Los Angeles. Although Carlin's award-winning career spanned decades and included stand-up, films, television, and 21 comedy albums… Carlin was best known for his routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television." When Carlin uttered all seven at a show in Milwaukee in 1972, he was arrested for disturbing the peace. Carlin, who was also an author, was slated to receive the 2008 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this November, given by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Former NBC nightly news anchor Tom Brokaw will fill Tim Russert's shoes on "Meet The Press", at least through the 2008 presidential election. Tim Russert, died unexpectedly 11 days ago. Brokaw anchored the "NBC Nightly News" for 22 years and stepped down four years ago. He is now the special correspondent for NBC News.
Just when you thought gas prices couldn't get any higher, up they go. AAA says the average price of regular unleaded has spiked 10-cents in the last two weeks bringing it to $4.10 a gallon. The cost of gasoline remains a heavy burden for drivers: The national average is more than a dollar higher than it was a year ago.