Grapevine: Mass murderer balks at prison conditions

Anders Breivik claims guards serve him cold coffee


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.