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The Los Angeles Dodgers today filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11, which will allow the Dodgers to use $150 million for daily operations until they can obtain a new media deal in order to ensure long-term financial stability. The Dodgers cited Major League Baseball as a direct cause for their bankruptcy filing after MLB blocked a multibillion-dollar TV deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled team afloat. "There will be no disruption to the Dodgers day-to-day business, the baseball team, or to the Dodger fans," the statement said. Nothing can stop mediocrity.—-

The International Criminal Court today issued international arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gaddhafi, his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi. The three are being charged with crimes against humanity. The ICC judge presiding over the Libya case today said that that there were “reasonable grounds” to hold his son and his intelligence chief responsible for "killing, injuring, and imprisoning hundreds of civilians" between Feb. 18 and Feb. 28, The New York Times reported.

Michele Bachmann cast herself as the “bold choice” for the Republican presidential nomination as she formally began her campaign Monday in her Iowa hometown of Waterloo. Bachmann, 50, told those who attended her campaign kickoff that she is running “not for vanity,” but because voters “must make a bold choice if we are to secure the promise of the future.”

"Her trick is going to be to maintain that boldness and to somehow rein it in and discipline it so it works for her and not against her," said GOP pollster Mike McKenna, who isn't working for any 2012 presidential candidates.

The liberals, and to be clear I am not one of those who want you to believe the Tea Party movement is just the right-wing fringe of the Republican party, but I am here to tell you, nothing could be further from the truth,” Bachmann said, calling it a coalition of Republicans, disaffected Democrats, libertarians and people who had never previously been involved in politics. “We are people who simply want to get America back on the right track again.”

The right track: “Not all cultures are equal.”

The Cincinnati-based reality TV show Queen City debuts July 24, if you’re interested. “It’s truly following these women in their daily lives,” says Paul Grundy, the show’s executive producer and director. The show is to follow “the social center of Cincinnati,” Tracey Conrad, Lauren Brown, and Adhrucia Apana and Katie Cassidy of Indian Hill. Where are Kenneth Wright and King Slice?

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