THE TICKER – Gas price spikes :: Will Abramoff skip? :: Quarter mil for outing

  • Gasoline prices at record high: Retail gas prices hit another record high over the past three weeks, mirroring a rapid increase in the cost of crude oil, according to a nationwide survey released Sunday.The average price for all three grades rose nearly 20 cents to $2.53 in the three weeks ending Aug. 12, while crude oil price futures rose about $8.21.
  • Feds feared Abramoff would skip bail: The Justice Department played hardball last week with former superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, in part because of concerns he might flee to Israel. Hours before Abramoff was indicted on fraud charges in Miami last Thursday, FBI agents tried to arrest him at his Maryland home. But he’d already left for Los Angeles. Agents tracked him down on his cell phone and ordered him to surrender to the local FBI office. When Abramoff did, later that day, he was handcuffed, thrown into jail, then released last Friday on a $2.2 million bond.
  • Gay man wins $270 mil after being outed : Robert Hernandez, age 45, was awarded $270 million from Univision Radio because he was outed on a radio show – in San Francicso!! Hernandez said the outing left him so “devastated” that he couldn’t work.

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