The Upshot
  • The trial of John Edwards is over. But the courtroom drama lives on, in the question of whether or not an alternate juror was flirting with John Edwards.

    During the trial, the alternate jurors were brought in with the rest of the jury for instructions, but raised eyebrows with their color-coordinated outfits (yellow one day, red the next)—and one juror's seeming flirtation with the defendant.

    That person, Denise Speight, described by ABC News as an "attractive young woman," denied any hanky-panky.

    But some reporters picked up on some undeniable energy between the former senator and the alternate.  ABC News noticed the dynamic in its report.

    Since the alternates were identified last Thursday, it has been impossible to ignore the dynamic between Edwards and one of the female alternates, an attractive young woman with jet-black hair, who seems to have been flirting with Edwards for days.

    The juror clearly instigated the exchanges. She smiles at him. He smiles politely back at her.

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  • An Illinois state lawmaker lost his temper in dramatic fashion on Tuesday when he screamed and threw papers in the direction of his colleagues on the floor of the state House.

    Republican Mike Bost says he was simply protesting changes made to a proposed pension bill offered by House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Democrat. The bill had recently cleared a House committee and has been endorsed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

    "Total power in one person's hands—not the American way!" Bost screamed from the state House floor.

    As the local CBS Chicago affiliate reported, Bost then threw several papers in the air and attempted to punch them with his fist as they drifted downward.

    "These damn bills that come out here all the damn time, come out here at the last second!" Bost said as he threw the papers on the floor. "I've got to figure out how to vote for my people!"

    Bost and other Republicans are opposed to the structure of the bill, which would raise local property taxes to decrease annual cost-of-living increases for public employees.

    "You should be ashamed of yourselves! I'm sick of it!" Bost said. "Every year! We give power to one person! It was not made that way in the Constitution! He was around when it was written! Now we give him—we've passed rules that stop each one of us! Enough! I feel like somebody trying to be released from Egypt! Let my people go!"

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  • This undated photo released by the Keegan family shows Marina Keegan, of Wayland, Mass. (AP Photo/Keegan Family)A 22-year-old Yale graduate, Marina Keegan, who penned her life's lessons in a final column for the Yale Daily News, died just days after commencement. But the words of her work, "The Opposite of Loneliness," have lived on.

    The Massachusetts resident died in a car crash on her way to a vacation house on Cape Cod when the driver, Michael Gocksch, lost control of the car. Gocksch survived, but Keegan was pronounced dead on the scene.

    The young writer was already making a name for herself in the literary world. She had published stories in the New York Times and had a job with the New Yorker she was about to start.

    News of her loss led the Yale newspaper to put Keegan's final essay on the Web, and searches on her essay began to grow as Keegan's future colleagues linked to it on Twitter. Yahoo! searches for "Marina Keegan" shot up in one day, along with "Marina Keegan obituary," and "Marina Keegan Yale."

    Some tweeted obits from the New Yorker and the Paris Review, and others mentioned her

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