The Georgia Mae Morning News

A U.S. ship carrying food aid foiled an attack by Somali pirates this morning, the latest known attempted hijack by pirates who continue to thumb their noses at the world. The Liberty Sun, which was headed to its port destination of Mombassa, evaded the pirates’ attack off the coast of Somalia. The Navy responded to a call for help by the Liberty Sun, which is carrying food aid for CARE and the World Food Program. The pirates fired rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapons at the Liberty Sun, which sustained damage. ABC News

President Obama is creating a new border czar position and has chosen a former Justice Department official to fill the post. The new Homeland Security post will be responsible for issues related to drug-cartel violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is expected to name Alan Bersin to the position today during a visit to the Southwest border. FOX News

The number of African-American drug offenders in state prisons has declined for the first time since law enforcement agencies started the war on drugs 25 years ago, even as convictions of white drug offenders have increased, according to a new study released yesterday.The study, by the Sentencing Project, a nonprofit policy research group in Washington, found that the number of blacks in state prisons for drug crimes dropped 21.6 percent from 1999 to 2005, the last year for which data are available. The number of white drug offenders in state prisons grew by 42.6 percent in the same period. NY Times

Rod Blagojevich has been invited to take part in a reality TV show set in Costa Rica. Based on a hit British program, “I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!” is scheduled to premiere on NBC on June 1. The show will see a group of celebrities left in the middle of the jungle, with viewers voting on who should stay or leave. The impeached former Illinois governor, who pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges yesterday, could earn as much as $80,000 an episode, which he believes would help finance his legal defense. Blagojevich’s participation is pending court approval. MSNBC


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