Stevens Juror Leaves Town: Troubles continued Thursday with the jury in the Ted Stevens trial, our Mike Scarcella reports in this blog post below. One juror apparently headed to Texas last night to deal with a family emergency. A hearing is set for this morning to decide whether deliberations will continue with an 11-member jury or if the absent juror will be replaced by an alternate.
Greenspan Runs the Gauntlet: Former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, once viewed as nearly infallible, got a hostile reception at a House hearing Thursday, the Washington Post reports here. Greenspan alternately defended his policies and confessed error.
Listen Up! Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told an Atlanta audience Thursday that judges ought to do more listening and less debating during oral arguments, and lawyers should work harder on their briefs, according to a Fulton County Daily Report story here via law.com. Thomas last asked a question from the bench in February 2006.
More Cheery News: OPEC is ordering a sharp cut in oil production to stabilize prices, the New York Times is reporting. But some analysts say the global recession may still push down oil prices.
McCain Calls 911: That's Joe McCain, not John. The presidential candidate's brother Joe, who has been campaigning in Virginia for the GOP ticket, called Alexandria's 911 line to complain about traffic on the Beltway. When the operator said traffic was not an appropriate reason to call 911, McCain apparently lost his cool.