updated 5/31/2005 8:09:47 PM ET 2005-06-01T00:09:47

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Quran fallout — We can't say we didn't warn us.  Within 24 hours of the Pentagon's admission that there were probably three intentional "mishandlings" of copies of the Quran at Guantanamo Bay, anti-American protests — including flag and effigy burning — broke out in at least six Muslim nations today.  The largest individual rally appears to have been in Alexandria, Egypt with about 12,000 on hand. While no deaths were reported, these protests had actually been previously planned.  In this case, planned, one week ago.  But with the Pentagon's admission, the timing now seems auspicious.  Effigies of President Bush were both burned and beaten.  Other protestors held anti-American signs to voice their anger over the acknowledged mishandling of the Quran.

Suicide bombers — Controversy surrounded the opening of the Broadway musical "South Pacific" in the spring of 1949.  At the last minute, the backers of the production tried to kill one of the songs, "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught," which argued, maybe for the first time, that racial, ethnic, and religious prejudice and hate wasn't natural  but had to be deliberately created in kids by adults.  Seemingly, it's a long way from that song echoing in The Majestic Theater, to this report.  Our correspondent Martin Fletcher talks to would-be suicide bombers of the West Bank .

Blinded by Viagra — Two of the leading male impotence drugs may have caused a few dozen cases of blindness in users . The FDA is investigating 43 such reports, 38 among users of Viagra, four among users of Cialis and one among users of the third such drug, LeVitra.  A spokesman for Pfizer — which makes Viagra — acknowledges that the company has discussed an addition to the warning label saying that in rare cases, men taking Viagra had developed blindness.  But he points out that the two things may not be linked.  The vision loss is a specific kind called NAION.  Sudden vision loss when blood flow to the optic nerve is blocked; there are anywhere from 1,000 to 6,000 cases in this country per year, and the risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and high cholesterol.

Sky-high standoff — He's still up there, high above the city of Atlanta atop a 25-story.  The sky-high standoff with Florida murder suspect, Carl Edward Roland, continues.  More than 50 hours have passed.  He has been without food, without water — and apparently, without sleep for the duration of that time, as authorities do their best to keep him comfortable and more importantly aloft.  There are two kinds of observers to this story — the professional: police, negotiators, psychologists.  Then, of course, there are the casual observers — residents of, and maybe even employees of businesses in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.  Some of whom are not subscribing to the police theory here: wait Roland out.  They're the ones standing along Peachtree Street holding the signs encouraging him to jump.

Favorite stories honorable mentions — Well we had some doozies in this 21st week of 2005...Our top five favorite stories of the week... and when we say "favorite," of course we mean, dumbest.  We first need to acknowledge some of the honorable mentions.  The 24-hour suicide prevention hotline in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, which is cutting back its hours to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.   24 hours — yes — but not in a row... The guy in Arkansas so drunk that when his cigarette blew out through the open car window he dived after it ... forgetting for the moment that the car was going 60 at the time….The Tennessee bureaucrat who got stuck in an elevator for thirteen hours because his own office forgot to pay the bill for the emergency phone, in there.  Yes, it was a good week.


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