News of the week ending June 27, 1993 - Arrests in February World Trade Center Bombing, uptick in letter bombs to Universities. Super Collider project killed, SCOTUS rules on Haitian Boat People and discriminated workers and there is talk of Billboards In Space.
June 27, 2011

"And the heavens abounded with Happy Meals".

Further evidence our world has always been at least a little skewed comes in the form of this installment of ABC Radio's World News This Week, for the week ending June 27, 1993.

A rash of arrests in connection with the World Trade Center bombing in February netted the alleged ringleader, Siddig Ibrahim Siddig Ali and fingers pointing at Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman, who broke out in bibles and a chorus of "It's A Grand Old Flag" in protest. No one bought it, but they pretended for a while.

Meanwhile, a raid was staged on a bomb-making factory whose aroma of the business end of Bessie mixed with Texas Tea brought about further culprits who were this time looking to do in, among others, the United Nations and Alphonse D'Amato, although not necessarily in that order. Seems things were planning to get a darker shade of nasty around the 4th of July.

And on the subject of bombs, an uptick this week in exploding packages being sent to Universities, compliments of someone they couldn't nail yet (Ted Kaczinski wasn't on the map yet).

Capitol Hill was full up on drama this past week. President Clinton's Budget bill HR-2264 squeaked by with the help of VP Gore, who cast the tie-breaker. The Supercollider didn't fare nearly as well, dying yet another death. NASA's Space Station was another squeaker, with a 1 vote lead in approval. The big Drama came in the form of Base Closings with announcements being made and greeted with all the enthusiasm of the Grim Reaper.

And SCOTUS got ready to close for the summer by giving workers a harder time filing discrimination suits against their employers. And if you were Haitian and on a boat, you were SOL for hitting Miami with open arms anytime soon as it was 5-4 in favor of keeping Bush's "thanks, but no thanks" policy preventing Haitians landing immigrant status in the U.S.

And legislation was introduced to make Advertising in Space a possibility by way of gigantic billboards visible in the sky just about anytime day or night from a few hundred miles away. Creative Directors went screaming and falling over like teenage boys at a Depeche Mode concert, but the halls of Congress echoed with the phrase "side of a bus" and cooler heads prevailed.

And you could have been there - now you just get to listen to it and wince.

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