It’s Friday the 13th; Ron Paul Announces He’ll Run for President; Suicide Bomber Kills 80 in Pakistan


• Happy Friday the 13th! In honor of the day, New York City has unveiled some creepy new skeleton street signs. If you are afraid of today, that’s called friggatriskaidekaphobia. If you are afraid of that word, that’s called normal. Note that four planets are aligning over Sydney’s eastern horizon, “an eerie event that hasn’t happened since 1910.” The Washington Post has some tips on how not to be scared (don’t smash any mirrors; avoid black cats, unless they’re yours, in which case you should probably feed them). [WP]

• Texas Congressman and libertarian Ron Paul announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on Good Morning America this morning. This will be his third bid for the White House. [CNN]

• A suicide bomber blew himself up this morning at a military training center in Pakistan, killing more than 80 people in the first major terror attack since the raid on Osama Bin Laden. The Pakistan Taliban said the attack, which they claimed as their own, was in retaliation for Bin Laden’s death, but senior police officials said they doubted that. [NYT]

• The Taxi and Limousine Commission is distributing the sketch of a man wanted for tying up and raping a woman at knifepoint in his cab in Williamsburg. “The TLC is working with its regulated industries to try to get the sketch out to as many taxi garages and for-hire vehicle bases throughout the city,” said TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg. “That we are doing very aggressively.” [NYP]

Spider-Man: The Musical is still hangin’ on [insert thread jokes]. Another round of previews started last night. [Daily Mail]

• Blogger (Google’s publishing platform) has been down since yesterday afternoon, which is very upsetting to many of our friends. Stay strong! []

• Just in time for Friday, LIRR service is back to normal. [NBC NY]