Thursday, December 21, 2006

Eye On Judea at 10, pt 2

Miriam bat Ezra: Thank you, Simeon. Mass chaos continues in numerous small towns across Judea today as they are flooded with families forced here by the empire-wide census! Traffic flow in Bethlehem is at a complete standstill, the village's narrow streets unable to handle the sudden increase of travelers. Hotels are finding themselves over-booked and under-staffed to handle the taxation rush. Holy Day Inn manager Elias ben Zachar said that he's been turning people away since 11 o'clock last night.

"The lobby is full of people who had nowhere else to go," says ben Zachar. "We even have a couple staying in the stable!"

When asked if any sort of relief efforts were being mounted for the temporary refugees, King Herod refused to comment, but he did note that additional Roman legions have been stationed throughout the Judean countryside to deal with any possible riots that may arise from these unpleasant conditions.

Later, were local sheep-herders really harassed by a heavenly light and a large host of angels earlier this evening? We'll have that story and more for you, in just a moment. But first, let’s do a check on the weather with Izzy Goldstein. Izzy?

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