Morning Links: Brett Favre Admits Voicemails to Jenn Sterger; BP Donates to Block Action on Climate Change in U.S.
• Brett Favre has admitted to leaving voicemails to former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger, but draws the line at the cock shots. As for the truth to that, Sterger's manager, Phil Reese, said, "We're currently in the fact-gathering stage. Unfortunately, the person in the pictures didn't also hold up their driver's license, so I'm not going to speculate as far as identity." According to Deadspin, the photos were sent from the same phone number as the voicemails. [NYP]
• Several large European companies, including BP, BASF, Bayer, and Solvay, have given a total of $240,200 to Tea Partiers who deny global warming and are blocking action on climate change in the U.S. The single biggest donor was Bayer, which gave $108,100 to senators. [Guardian]
• Afghan President Hamid Karzai has admitted his chief of staff accepted money -- $1 million to $2 million every other month -- from Iran for "presidential expenses," and that his government will continue to receive such payments. He said the U.S. has given him money, too. [NYT]
• Jennifer Mee, 19, the "Hiccup Girl" who searched for a cure to her weeks-long case of the hiccups in 2007, has been charged with murder. [CNN]
• What, exactly, will happen at Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" this Saturday? The Washington Post speculates...[WP]
• Santa Croce, a hilltop village in Southern Italy with a population of less than 5,000, is firmly in favor of Carl Paladino, whose family left there in 1962 -- even though few are actually familiar with his campaign. [NYT]
• Tourists may be getting scared off from New York City by bedbugs. Meanwhile, we're terrified of fanny packs. [NBC NY]
• There were shootings in almost every borough this weekend, including the murder of a man at the Good Stuff Diner in Chelsea Saturday morning at 4:45 a.m. Homicides are up 15.8 percent this year, with 425 homicides as of October 17 (up from 367 last year). [NYP]
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