Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on January 17, 2014

The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal.com’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.

“Newport Beach’s $100,000 Lifeguards Feel Pension Squeeze”–headline, Bloomberg, Jan. 15

‘This Is a Stick-Up,’ Said the Victim 
“Springfield Police: Would-Be Carjackers Thwarted by Manual Transmission”–headline, Republican (Springfield, Mass.), Jan. 15

Hey, Kids! What Time Is It? 
” ‘It Is Time to Lengthen Both the School Day and School Year in New Jersey.’ “–headline, Althouse.blogspot.com, Jan. 14

Question and Answer–I

  • “Why Is Australia So Hot Right Now?”–headline, Guardian website (London), Jan. 14
  • “Just in Case You’ve Forgotten, Half the Planet Is in the Middle of a Sweaty Summer Right Now”–headline, Puffington Host, Jan. 7

It’s Always in the Last Place You Look 
“Shark Species Thought to Be Extinct Found in Fish Market”–headline, ScientificAmerican.com, Jan. 14

News of the Tautological

  • “Israelis Snag Top Prizes at National Jewish Book Awards”–headline, Jerusalem Postwebsite, Jan. 15
  • “N.J. Poll Has Good News, Bad News for Christie”–headline, NationalJournal.com, Jan. 15

For more “Best of the Web” click here and look for the “Best of the Web Today” link in the middle column below “Today’s Columnists.”