Winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize: Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo "for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China."

Frontrunner for the 2010 Marijuana-Grow-Operation Violence Prize: "The hunt for armed attackers continues after a group of camouflaged men targeted a 'significant marijuana-grow operation' in Lakebay on Key Peninsula," reports KIRO. "[S]ix or seven attackers arrived with the intention of robbing the grow operation, but the property owner fought back." (One person is dead, at least two others are wounded.)

Give 'Em Hope Make 'Em Sick: Three dozen fall ill at Obama rally in Maryland.

Veep on the Scene: Joe Biden in Tacoma today to stump for Patty Murray.

Stepping Down: National security adviser Gen. James Jones.

Today in the Fox Guarding the Henhouse: "Afghan private security forces with ties to the Taliban, criminal networks and Iranian intelligence have been hired to guard American military bases in Afghanistan," reports the NYT.

Today in Mixed Messages: "Happiness Preacher" commits suicide.

Speaking of Suicide: It's not just presumed-to-be gay boys, as evidenced by the female UW student who hung herself in a frathouse.

Virtual Quarantine: Should computers infected with malware be quarantined from the rest of the internet?

Another Day, Another Sentence Like This: "A Thurston County judge sentenced a former youth minister and football coach to 12 and half years for molesting three boys."

This Is Like Telling Eagles to Stop Flying: Doctors tells humans to stop popping zits.

Sure, Why Not?: PCP use on the rise in Syracuse, NY.

This Is the World We Live In: Last month, the U.S. lost 95,000 jobs; this week, the kid who plays Charlie Sheen's nephew on Two and a Half Men has signed a contract securing him $7.8 million over the next two seasons and a $500,000 signing bonus.

And finally, some music history from way back in 1987, when on this day, the enrichened-by-Eliminator members of ZZ Top made bookings for seats on the first passenger flight to the Moon, for which they are still patiently waiting. In the meantime, let us enjoy the song/video that commenced ZZ Top's transformation from faceless FM radio staple to chart-conquering kings of MTV. (Never underestimate the power of hot cars packed with hot ladies. Also, this song is great.)