Thursday, May 31 in the news.....
- President Bush today accused opponents of his proposed immigration measure of fear-mongering to defeat it in Congress, and took on his own conservative political base as he did so. "If you want to scare the American people, what you say is the bill's an amnesty bill," Mr. Bush said this afternoon at a training center for border enforcement agents located in a town in Georgia's southeastern corner. "And if you really want to scare them, you tell them it's not an amnesty bill....when it is."
- The owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, Jerry Buss, was arrested near San Diego on Tuesday on suspicion of drunk driving, authorities said. He was intercepted by a police officer who supports the Phoenix Suns. He was let off after he told the officer that he really hated Kobe Bryant too and he'd cause anyone associated with him to hit the drink.
- A house in Finland belonging to Andrei Nekrasov, the director of a film about the poisoned Russian spy Aleksandr Litvinenko and accusatory in tone of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was ransacked recently. A newspaper in Finland said such subject matter and the fact that no property was stolen from Nekrasov's Finland home have led to allegations that there was a hidden agenda to the crime. During the making of the documentary Michael Moore was asked to lend his talents but he replied "Sorry dude, I want to live."