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Posted: Sunday, November 7, 2004 7:28 am | Updated: 5:29 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

BOUQUETS to Boeing’s Spectrolab division for developing and Arizona Public Service for testing a new high-efficiency photovoltaic system that could help revolutionize the alternative energy industry.

The new system, as reported by the Tribune’s Ed Taylor in Tuesday’s Business section, is being tested at APS’s Solar Technology and Reserch Center in Tempe.

BRICK to Wally Backman, fired Friday as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks after a four-day tenure in which his past legal and financial problems came to light. In his final job interview, Backman had been asked if there were any skeletons in his closet the club should know about — and he quite dishonestly answered no.

BRICK to the mass media of Europe, now frothing at the mouth over the re-election of President Bush by, as British columnist Brian Reade charmingly put it in the tabloid The Mirror, "self-righteous, gun-totin’, military lovin’, sister marryin’, abortion-hatin’, gay-loathin’, foreigner-despisin’, non-passport ownin’ red-necks." Get a grip, EU-niks.

BRICK to the terrorists who murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh Tuesday, shooting and stabbing him to death and pinning a letter to his corpse threatening a Netherlands lawmaker and former Muslim who wrote the script for a film van Gogh had made critizing Islam. The note also threatened Jihad, or Islamic holy war, against ‘‘infidels’’ everywhere, particularly in America, Europe and the Netherlands. Nine suspects, all of north African descent, have been arrested.

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