Saying that "unfortunately, I've been advised that I should not play in the British Open," golfer Tiger Woods announced today that the ligament sprain to his left knee and a strained left Achilles tendon will keep him out of the 2011 British Open. "The Open" will be played next week at the Royal St. George's course on England's south coast.
With the July 4 holiday behind us, it's now 27 days until D-day, with the "D" standing for default, which the Obama Administration assures us the federal government will do on its debts unless Congress increases the nation's $14.3 debt ceiling before then.
Where do things stand? Pretty much where they did before the holiday, except now there's even less time.
There was a 0.8 percent increase in orders for manufactured goods in May from April, the Census Bureau just reported, as a 36.5 percent boost in demand for commercial aircraft and aircraft parts led the way.
There were also more modest increases in orders for machinery (0.4 percent), computers and electronic products (1.2 percent) and electrical equipment (3 percent).