Have I Got a Story for You: Mother of Barefoot Bandit hires local lawyer to protect her son entertainment interests.

Justice Got Tazed: The epileptic nephew of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was allegedly beaten and tazed at hospital Thursday afternoon for refusing to wear a hospital gown.

Why Take Transit When You Can Drive? Bellevue residents fight to keep light rail away from their homes (unless Sound Transit agrees to leather seats and air conditioning).

3rd 4th 5th Time's a Charm: BP will replace the cap containing its leaky deep-water well this weekend. If it works, the new cap could seal off the well completely, but once they remove the existing cap, we're looking at another huge dump of oil flowing into the ocean unabated.

The Time Has Come, the Walrus Said, to Talk of Other Things: Federal government says its totally fine to play in the Gulf's oil-contaminated ocean; Florida beachgoers develop skin rashes, blisters, and scarring.

Have You Ever Showered with A Gay? The Pentagon's survey of active duty troops, probing their thoughts on the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Stupidity Without Boarders: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has a new, unsubstantiated defense for her state's racist Immigration Law, which makes it illegal for brown people to be in public without immigration documents. Brewer says that with the violence Mexicans bring over the boarder, "our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded."

Happy Ending? Girl kidnapped in California at age 11 and held 18 years by her captors—despite having contact with state patrol officers—gets a $20 million settlement from the state of California.

Finally Finding Her Audience: New Sarah Palin biography aimed at 9-to-12-year-olds.