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Off the beaten path online: Security threats inside and out for 9/11 trial...

Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: The security around the 9/11 terror trial is being questioned, the Obama administration's focus on health care reform has distracted the White House and its allies from the country's unemployment problem, and conservatives are demanding an investigation of SEIU president Andrew Stern.

Local news blogging: Gitmo goes Illinois?

A little used prison in Thomson, Ill., located 150 miles west of Chicago, is emerging as the favorite setting to house suspected terrorists currently held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Proponents say the prison would reportedly bring thousands of jobs to Thomson, Ill., where the prison is located, while opponents say the security risk is far too great.

Off the beaten path online: Miranda rights for terrorists...

Today's Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was never mirandized, New York has Senator Schumer to thank for the NYC terror trials, and the CDC Task Force says that sex-ed is  better than abstinence but won’t release full data to the public.

Hoffman spokesman: Why did Pelosi swear in an uncertified 'winner'?

New York’s 23rd Congressional District race supposedly concluded last week when conservative candidate Doug Hoffman conceded the race to Democrat Bill Owens, when the Hoffman campaign was told it was down 5,335 votes with 93% of all the county precinct votes tallied. However, the Post Standard, a local paper in Syracuse, is reporting that after recanvassing of all the ballots, NY-23’s race has tightened even further.

Pfizer closes facility four years after Kelo case

Pfizer recently announced it plans to vacate its research and development facility in New London, Connecticut and move to nearby Groton. The Hartford Courant reports that the pending loss of Pfizer's headquarters, "could also complicate New London's effort to redevelop the Fort Trumbull area... "

Local news blogging: Rell's decison creates GOP hole in CT.

Republican Governor Jodi Rell announced that she will not seek reelection when her term expires in 2010.  Rell has enjoyed relatively high poll numbers during her term, even through state budget difficulties.  Her decision has sent the state's GOP scrambling to find a candidate with enough name recognition to win the office in a laergely Democratic state.