On the evening of December 2, nearly the entire nation of Venezuela went dark in the second massive power outage to take place in less than a year. Rather than take responsibility for the failures of the state-owned electric company, socialist president Nicolas Maduro instead told the Venezuelan people to "be strong against this electrical war that fascists have declared against our people."
The Cardinals farm system was active in the Rule 5 Draft at baseball's Winter Meetings Thursday. The Cards selected shortstop Greg Miclat out of the Rangers organization in the first round of the draft's Triple-A portion. They also added first baseman Jesus Ustariz, formerly with the Tigers. The Cards paid 12 thousand dollars to snag each player.