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June 18, 2012, 8:45am

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THE PEOPLE OF GREECE MAY HAVE SAVED THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY

Or at least stopped things getting much, much worse (for now)

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There were elections in Greece this weekend. The vote was narrowly won by the pro-bailout New Democracy party, who will try to keep Greeks paying for their bread in Euros for as long as possible. This is good for the European economy as it means that, for now, Greece remains committed to paying back the money it borrowed from all the other Eurozone countries to bailout its ailing economy (though Samaras is likely to seek improved terms on the debt deal). Economists had also feared that if Greece had left the Euro, a bunch of other countries would have followed suit, which would have weakened the currency enormously and thrown the continent into political disarray. New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras praised the Greek people, and called for the formation of a "national salvation government" as he looks to put his cabinet together with members from other pro-bailout parties so it's easier to get things done.   New Democracy got 29.7 percent of the vote, while anti-austerity, anti-bailout party Syriza got 26.9 percent. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras has vowed to not join any coalition and instead act as a powerful opponent to Samaras. The financial markets responded well on Monday morning, with the Euro hitting its highest value against the dollar for a month, though everyone's fully aware that the shit may well hit the fan eventually. Obituary
RODNEY KING DIED
The guy whose beating kicked off the LA riots was found dead in his swimming pool at age of 47

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Rodney King has died at the age of 47. His fiancee found him unconscious in the swimming pool at his house in Rialto, California early on Sunday morning. Police tried to resuscitate him but failed. There's currently no suspicion that King's death was the result of a malicious act. In March 1991, King had been arrested after a high-speed police chase through Los Angeles. The five officers who caught him attacked him, nearly beating him to death and allegedly shouting: "We are going to kill you, nigger." A man videotaped the whole thing, sent it to a TV news channel and the police were charged. But none of the white police ended up going to prison. This enraged LA's black community, and there were riots for six days, during which 53 people died and $1bn worth of damage was caused. Sport
A TENNIS PLAYER DID SOMETHING REALLY DUMB
I have no idea why

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An Argentinian tennis player named David Nalbandian got so mad during a final on Sunday that he kicked an advertising hoarding which smashed into an official's shin and made him start bleeding. He was immediately disqualified. I still don't really understand how he couldn't have seen the guy sat behind the board. Music
A MEMBER OF RADIOHEAD'S CREW DIED AT A CONCERT IN TORONTO
The roof of the stage collapsed, killing drum technician Scott Johnson

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Radiohead were preparing to play a show in Toronto on Saturday night, when the roof of the stage collapsed and killed a drum technician of theirs named Scott Johnson. Three others were injured in the incident at Downsview Park. Johnson was 33 years old and from Doncaster. The show, due to be attended by 40,000 people, was cancelled. Romance
THIS 12-YEAR-OLD BOY RAN UP A MASSIVE PHONE BILL CALLING HIS GIRLFRIEND ON HIS DAD'S PHONE
Father now claiming that it is Vodafone's fault

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This 12-year-old kid named Oscar Rushden ran up a £1,700 bill on his dad's mobile phone in one month after continuously calling his 13-year-old girlfriend. His dad is now arguing that he shouldn't have to pay the bill, and has accused Vodafone of being "greedy". "Part of the problem is Vodafone don't post bills any more and they don't even email them. "You have to go online to see them so the onus is on you to check. "But if your bill is 80 to 100 times higher than normal, questions should be asked. They are just greedy." Oscar met his lady at a youth club near his mother's house (his parents are divorced). But that's eight miles away from where he lives with his dad so the pair were forced to talk on the phone. "I didn’t realise how it worked," he said. "I’m 12 and I don’t know much about it. I feel really bad for my dad."