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All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

PETER GROSZ, Host:

All right, now, on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill in the blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer is worth two points. Carl, let's take a look at the scores.

CARL KASELL, Host:

Well, Paula Poundstone and Charlie Pierce each has three points, so they've tied for first. Roy Blount, Jr. is third with two points.

GROSZ: Roy Blount Jr., you are in third place and you are up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Are you ready? Fill in the blank.

GROSZ: A federal judge in California ruled that same-sex couples can begin blanking next week.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

ROY BLOUNT JR: Marrying.

GROSZ: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GROSZ: Robert Gates announced the plan to cut $100 billion from the blank budget over the next five years.

BLOUNT JR: Pentagon.

GROSZ: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GROSZ: In spite of ethics charges against him, blank threw himself a fundraising party for his 80th birthday.

BLOUNT JR: Charlie Rangel.

GROSZ: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GROSZ: After he was investigated on sexual harassment charges, Mark Hurd, the CEO of blank, resigned.

BLOUNT JR: Oh gosh, I can never remember corporations, Harman Kardon.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BLOUNT JR: Or something like that.

GROSZ: The H was right, but the rest was not, it's HP.

BLOUNT JR: HP.

GROSZ: Police in Italy had some trouble confiscating a drug trafficker's cocaine stash because it was blank.

BLOUNT JR: It was scattered to the winds.

GROSZ: No, it was underneath an angry python.

BLOUNT JR: Oh.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: Best known for her Oscar-winning performance in "Hud," actress blank died at age 84.

BLOUNT JR: Patricia Neal.

GROSZ: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GROSZ: Nuclear experts in Russia downplayed the health risks from wildfires that had spread to areas contaminated during the blank disaster.

BLOUNT JR: Chernobyl.

GROSZ: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GROSZ: Among those opposed to the proposed...

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

GROSZ: ...world trade center mosque is the financial backer for Manhattan's brand new museum of blank.

BLOUNT JR: Oh, of Islam.

GROSZ: No, it's the Museum of Tolerance.

BLOUNT JR: Oh, tolerance. Yeah.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: The Museum of Tolerance does not want the World Trade Center mosque built.

GROSZ: The stated mission, of course, of the Museum of Tolerance, quote, "To confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today." But the Wiesenthal Center, which runs the Museum of Tolerance, says the idea of an Islamic cultural center near ground zero is, well, intolerable.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: But in other news, an exhibit about the Museum of Tolerance just opened up at the Museum of Irony.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

GROSZ: Carl, Carl, how did Roy Blount, Jr. do?

KASELL: Roy had five correct answers for 10 more points. He now has 12 points, and Roy has the lead.

GROSZ: All right.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

GROSZ: Good. Now, we have flipped a coin, and Paula has elected to go next. So, Paula, you are up.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: All right.

GROSZ: Fill in the blank.

POUNDSTONE: Yeah.

GROSZ: The Senate paid tribute to former Alaska Senator blank, who was killed in a plane crash Monday.

POUNDSTONE: Stevens?

GROSZ: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GROSZ: India rejected claims by British scientists that it was the source of a new blank resistant to almost all antibiotics.

POUNDSTONE: A new flu.

GROSZ: We will give it to you, superbug bacteria, that kind of thing.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GROSZ: Attendees of the annual Worm Charming Festival in Lincolnshire, England, left disappointed after the contestants blanked.

POUNDSTONE: After the contestants failed to charm the worms.

GROSZ: That's exactly right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: Comic's readers said ack to the news that the comic strip blank was ending after 34 years.

POUNDSTONE: Oh, "Cathy."

GROSZ: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

POUNDSTONE: Thank goodness.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

GROSZ: Six weeks after being admitted to the hospital, have a pump implanted in his heart, blank returned home.

POUNDSTONE: Somebody had a pump put in their heart?

GROSZ: He's had it done a lot.

POUNDSTONE: Cheney?

GROSZ: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: This week a British company unveiled...

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

GROSZ: ...a Volkswagen bug powered by blank.

POUNDSTONE: Actual bugs.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: Nope, poop.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: The correct answer is poop.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: The so-called dung Beetle...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: ...is a marvel of green technology from the sewage treatment company, Wessex Water.

CHARLIE PIERCE: I'm not pumping my own, I'm telling you this right now.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: It's got the classic VW look, German engineering, and it runs on, well, shall we say, fuel from pump number two.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: Okay, Carl, how did Paula do?

KASELL: Paula had six correct answers, 12 more points. She now has 15 points and Paula has the lead.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

GROSZ: Fifteen points and the lead. Congratulations, Paula.

GROSZ: All right, Charlie Pierce, this is for the game. How many does Charlie need to get here?

KASELL: He needs six to tie, seven to win out right.

PIERCE: Ack.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: All right, Charlie, ready? Here we go. Fill in the blank. On Thursday, Congress passed legislation strengthening security at the U.S. blank.

PIERCE: The border.

GROSZ: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GROSZ: Officials performed final tests this week to make sure that the blank in the Gulf was sealed.

PIERCE: The oil - the exploding oil well.

GROSZ: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GROSZ: After announcing a $1.3 billion second quarter profit, blank announced that CEO Edward Whittaker, Jr. would be stepping down.

PIERCE: BP.

GROSZ: No, I'm sorry that's wrong, it's GM.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: After they said that they could only agree on two of 24 counts, the judge told the jury in blank's trial to continue deliberating.

PIERCE: Blago baby.

GROSZ: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GROSZ: The former Illinois representative whose legacy was tarnished by a corruption conviction blank died at age 82.

PIERCE: Dan Rostenkowski.

GROSZ: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GROSZ: For his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Scottie Pippen picked former teammate blank to present him.

PIERCE: Michael Jordan.

GROSZ: That's right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

GROSZ: A mother in Italy reported a woman to the police...

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

GROSZ: ...because her nude sunbathing was blanking.

PIERCE: Distracting him from his study of the...

BLOUNT JR: Kama Sutra.

PIERCE: Kama Sutra.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: No, she said the woman was troubling her teenage sons.

BLOUNT JR: Mom.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: The woman told police that the sunbather had been applying sunscreen to her chest, and her sons, aged 12 and 14, quote, "had been troubled by what she was doing."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

GROSZ: Carl, how did Charlie Pierce do? Did he do well enough to win?

KASELL: He needed six to tie, but Charlie had five correct answers. So with 15 points, Paula Poundstone is this week's winner.

POUNDSTONE: There you have it.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

GROSZ: Congratulations, Paula Poundstone.

POUNDSTONE: Kind of historic.

GROSZ: Is it historic?

POUNDSTONE: Well, it's not common.

GROSZ: It's not common.

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