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Morning Links: East Villager Found in Swamp; Jobless Rates Fall; Framed Man Gets $9.9 Million After 20 Years in Prison

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• 22-year-old East Village resident Thomas Wopat-Moreau was found in a swamp upstate after being lost for 4 days. Investigators found him through his cell phone’s signal.

• Israel declares that a new aid ship heading for Gaza will not be allowed to reach land.

• Joran van der Sloot, once a main suspect in the murder of Natalee Holloway, faces new charges in Alabama of trying to extort $250,000 in exchange for the location of Holloway’s remains and details about her death. Yesterday he was arrested in Chile in connection with the killing of a Peruvian woman. He is expected to be sent to Peru today.

U.S. payrolls have grown, but less so than predicted, which economists say demonstrates lack of confidence in the market. Jobless rates have fallen to 9.7%.

• Al and Tipper Gore’s “perfect couple” image may have been “invented.” That doesn’t sound like politics or anything.

Rent regulation actually helps a lot of people, not just the poor.

New York City will pay $9.9 million (the largest personal settlement in its history), to a man who served nearly 20 years after being framed for murder by a corrupt detective. Alas, if only Law and Order were still around.

• Someone stole $640,000 from the petty cash account of New York City’s Education Department.

• People really want to make rompers happen.

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