News roundup, "Zodiac" and short Americans are in Aug. 13's News from the Web

The big local story from yesterday on local Web sites is the fire that temporarily shut down part of Highway 55.

Click here to watch video from KIVI Channel 6.

Then click here to browse the Idaho Statesman’s in-depth fire coverage.

Also, the death of entertainment mogul Merv Griffin on Sunday is making headlines this morning. Click here for the full story.

Oh, yeah, and Karl Rove is leaving the White House.

Any thoughts about this latest political development?

Let me know by clicking here.

In much older news, I watched “Zodiac” on DVD over the weekend, which tells one heckuva story about good reporting.

The movie is based on Robert Graysmith’s book about the unsolved Zodiac killings in California in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

Graysmith, a cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle, got obsessed with the story and then exhibited the kind of dogged reporting skills we journalists all admire.

It’s a great movie and a good example of persistence.

(And it’s one of the best reviewed movies of the year to date).

Finally, here’s a story from the Washington Post reporting on a study showing that Europeans both literally and figuratively look down on Americans.

Okay, so the study doesn’t prove Europeans are snobs.

It does, however, show that Americans, who were long the tallest population in the world, are now behind the Dutch and folks in other European countries.

Researches don’t have a concrete reason for American’s fall in stature, but speculate that the lack of universal healthcare and a steady diet of Cheetos and soda fed to our young might be contributing.

Although since the Dutch are among the tallest in the world, perhaps height has something to do with tulips and a thriving red light district.

There appears to be as much hard evidence supporting that theory as there is for anything else.