Grapevine: Mass murderer balks at prison conditions

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Cold Comfort

The Norwegian mass murderer who killed 77 people last year -- is upset because prison guards are serving him cold coffee.

Says the officers are trying to drive him to suicide in conditions he describes as a "mini Abu Ghraib."

Breivik writes in a 27-page letter -- the guards don't cooperate with his carefully planned schedule -- deny him a reading lamp -- restrict access to candy -- and subject him to daily strip searches.

Breivik is serving a 21-year sentence for Norway’s worst peace-time massacre -- a term that can be extended as long as he is considered a threat.

Every Vote Counts

In our Friday-follow-up, the bizarre odyssey continues for the Kentucky man who failed to win a city council election -- because his wife didn't vote.

Robert McDonald finished in a tie with Olivia Ballou. So it came down to a coin flip.

He called it. She won. But things are still -- up in the air.

Turns out Ballou may be moving -- so she says she won't take the job.

McDonald says he still wants it. The city council has 30 days to fill the vacant seat -- but it is under no obligation to choose him.

Homeward Bound

Finally -- just a day after the US Postal Service announced an upcoming experiment with same day package deliveries -- we are pleased to announce the recent delivery -- of a post card from one of our brave men in uniform. A World War Two uniform.

George Leisenring mailed the card to his sisters -- from his Army post on the Fourth of July 1943.

It reads in part -- "Dear Pauline and Theresa--We arrived safe--had a good trip--but we were good and tired."

Elmira, New York's Star Gazette reports the card arrived last week at the family's former home -- where a new family now lives.

A postal official says the card may have been found by someone outside the postal service ---and placed in the mail.

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