Best Guess Ever on “Wheel of Fortune”
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Best Guess Ever on “Wheel of Fortune”

Pat Sajak says this was the most amazing solve in his 30+ years on “Wheel of Fortune.”

Fall in Love with New York Again
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Fall in Love with New York Again

If you find yourself falling out of love with New York, here are some things you should do.

 

Schedule Change

Schedule Change
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Pat and his team are taking a couple days off. We’ll be back Wednesday.

 

Pat’s Picks: Friday, April 11

Written by Pat Papers | UPDATED: Friday, 11 April 2014 7:46 AM

The best headlines, the most interesting photography and conversation-starting articles from today’s newspapers.

Thousands Losing Tax Refunds Because of Parents’ Old Debts
Source: Washington Post
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Thousands Losing Tax Refunds Because of Parents’ Old Debts

Talk about saddling the next generation with debt. The Washington Post says the government has confiscated refund checks from thousands of taxpayers - to cover debts owed by someone else in their family - usually their parents. Some of these debts go back several decades. The government’s effort to collect these outstanding debts goes back three years - when a single line tucked into the farm bill lifted the 10-year statute of limitations on government debts.

 
The Real Stephen Colbert Tapped to Replace Letterman
Source: New York Times
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The Real Stephen Colbert Tapped to Replace Letterman

CBS has made it official - naming Stephen Colbert as David Letterman’s successor. New York Times media writer Bill Carter says Colbert was an immediate front-runner who had made it clear over the past couple of years that he wanted this opportunity. Carter says Colbert has never really played himself on TV. We all know him as the right-wing blowhard who he says he’ll leave behind.

 
Planting a College Prank
Source: Houston Chronicle
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Planting a College Prank

When maroon colored bluebonnet flowers started popping up on the campus of the University of Texas, groundskeepers were confused, since they’d only planted regular bluebonnets. As more maroon flowers started to sprout, they began suspecting their rivals at Texas A&M University (whose school colors are maroon and white). Horticulturists at A&M confirm they bred the special maroon bluebonnets - and they say it’s unlikely they would just sprout up someplace - but so far no one at the school has confessed to the botanical high jinks.

 
Hillary Takes Shoe-Throwing Incident in Stride
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Hillary Takes Shoe-Throwing Incident in Stride

A female protester was arrested for throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton during an appearance at a metal recycling conference in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Review-Journal says Clinton, after realizing someone had thrown a shoe, made several quips. “Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?” Clinton asked. She followed up by saying, “thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.” The audience gave Clinton a standing ovation. VIDEO

 
Foxes are Popular Mascots for Startups
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Foxes are Popular Mascots for Startups

The San Francisco Chronicle says the Fox is Silicon Valley’s spirit animal - becoming the mascot for a number of startup tech companies. They’re a popular choice since they’re seen as sneaky and clever - yet non-threatening and cute. There’s also the parable of the fox and the hedgehog - which says the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.

 

Pat’s Picks: Thursday, April 10

Written by Pat Papers | UPDATED: Thursday, 10 April 2014 7:08 AM

The best headlines, the most interesting photography and conversation-starting articles from today’s newspapers.

New Newspaper Takes On LA Times
Source: USA Today
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New Newspaper Takes On LA Times

USA Today says it would’ve been a bold move in even the best of times - launching a newspaper to compete with the Los Angeles Times. But in this era where newspapers struggle to stay alive - starting a new paper is almost unthinkable. But that’s what Aaron Kushner, the publisher of the Orange County Register is doing. The Los Angeles Register debuts next week.

 
Enough of the Crybaby Oscar Pistorius
Source: New York Post
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Enough of the Crybaby Oscar Pistorius

The New York Post’s Andrea Peyser has had enough of the “retching, crying, sniveling, vomiting degenerate” Oscar Pistorius. She says he deserves an “Oscar” for his performance as he stands trial for killing his girlfriend last year. Peyser says he also played the sympathy card by removing his prosthetic legs for the jury to show how vulnerable he is without them.

 
Coca-Cola Sticks With Its Formula
Source: Wall Street Journal
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Coca-Cola Sticks With Its Formula

Soda sales have taken a nose-dive amid concerns about sugar intake and obesity. But despite that, the Wall Street Journal says, Coca-Cola is doubling down on carbonated soft drinks by increasing advertising, introducing new products and adding Taylor Swift as a spokeswoman. Coke’s CEO says he’s convinced of the power of the company’s brand name.

 
Disney Parks Host “It’s a Small World” Sing-along to Mark 50th Anniversary
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Disney Parks Host “It’s a Small World” Sing-along to Mark 50th Anniversary

It’s one of the most performed and translated songs of all time, and possibly one of the most annoying. “It’s a Small World” turns 50 years old today. The Tampa Bay Times says Disney Parks celebrated by holding a sing-along. More than a billion people have gone on one of the rides that made the song famous at the various Disney parks around the world. VIDEO

 
Ultimate Warrior the Latest Wrestler to Die Early
Source: Washington Post
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Ultimate Warrior the Latest Wrestler to Die Early

The professional wrestling world was shocked this week to learn of the death of the wrestler known as the Ultimate Warrior. The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi says the 54-year-old Warrior, who was born James Hellwig, is one of more than five dozen wrestlers who died before his time. He says wrestlers have a mortality rate that would be considered a crisis if it were any other sport like boxing or racecar driving.

 
Baseball Attendance Lags
Source: New York Times
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Baseball Attendance Lags

A week and a half into the Major League Baseball season, the New York Times says attendance has been particularly bleak at many ballparks. Getting fans to sit through games on chilly evenings is always a difficult sell. But it’s impossible to know exactly how bad attendance is since baseball attendance figures only go by the number of tickets sold, not the number of people actually going to the game.

 

Pat’s Picks: Wednesday, April 9

Written by Pat Papers | UPDATED: Wednesday, 9 April 2014 9:02 AM

The best headlines, the most interesting photography and conversation-starting articles from today’s newspapers.

Make Pizza From Scratch
Source: New York Times
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Make Pizza From Scratch

New York Times National Editor Sam Sifton shares the secrets for making pizza from scratch that he says will rival some of the best pizza on the planet. One of the keys is the dough - and Sifton gives us the recipe for dough recipe used by Roberta’s of Bushwick, Brooklyn, which I visit often because it’s fantastic.  When it comes to topping your pie, Sifton says, don’t overdo it. Otherwise your pizza will end up soggy.

 
Is it Better Not to Have an HR Department?
Source: Wall Street Journal
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Is it Better Not to Have an HR Department?

The Wall Street Journal says more companies are deciding to do away with traditional human resources departments. The argument is they stifle innovation and bog down companies with inefficient policies. But employees at firms without HR departments say they have more difficulty resolving workplace disputes and paycheck issues.

 
“Duelin’ Banjos” Writer Dead at 93
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“Duelin’ Banjos” Writer Dead at 93

Arthur Smith, the guitarist and banjoist who wrote and recorded “Guitar Boogie” and “Duelin’ Banjos,” has died at the age of 93. The Washington Post says “Guitar Boogie” was known as the song that launched a million guitar lessons. Smith wrote and recorded “Feudin’ Banjos” in 1955, which was later renamed “Duelin’ Banjos” when it was featured in the 1972 film, “Deliverance.” The back-and-forth between two musicians has been recreated countless times, even by Kermit the Frog and Steve Martin. VIDEO

 
Experts Shocked at Speed of Washington Landslide
Source: Seattle Times
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Experts Shocked at Speed of Washington Landslide

The Seattle Times says geologists are baffled by the speed of the landslide that devastated a small town in Washington. One estimates the slide was traveling at 60 miles per hour. It also traveled nearly a mile, more than three times as far as similar slides. Experts will soon begin a detailed study aimed at preventing similar tragedies.

 
Extreme Weather Sends Beef Prices Soaring
Source: LA Times
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Extreme Weather Sends Beef Prices Soaring

Expect your summer barbecue to cost a lot more. The Los Angeles Times says extreme weather has thinned the nation’s beef cattle herds to levels not seen since the 1950s - when the population of the U.S. was half what it is today. That’s raised beef prices to all-time highs.

 
Redesigned Twitter Looks A Lot Like Facebook
Source: New York Post
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Redesigned Twitter Looks A Lot Like Facebook

Twitter is rolling out a redesigned layout for user profiles. It’s drawing criticism for looking too much like Facebook. The New York Post says Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has been working to keep users’ interest amid concerns the microblogging website’s growth is starting to slow.

 

Pat’s Picks: Tuesday, April 8

Written by Pat Papers | UPDATED: Tuesday, 8 April 2014 8:32 AM

The best headlines, the most interesting photography and conversation-starting articles from today’s newspapers.

Inside the World of Sweepstakes Addicts
Source: San Jose Mercury News
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Inside the World of Sweepstakes Addicts

Enter for your chance to win! The San Jose Mercury News introduces us to a few of the people who are obsessed with sweepstakes. Some have won upwards of a million dollars worth of prizes. There’s one woman who bought “cold cuts by the armful” to win a $50,000 grand prize that she’ll put toward a Mexican cruise with her sons and grandkids.

 
Is the Women’s Pay Gap Just a Myth?
Source: Wall Street Journal
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Is the Women’s Pay Gap Just a Myth?

Today is “Equal Pay Day,” a day aimed at raising awareness of the gender pay gap. It’s often said that women earn 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. But in the Wall Street Journal, two scholars claim the pay gap evens out when you consider education, marital status and occupation. Mark Perry and Andrew Biggs say making it easier for women to sue for gender discrimination would create disincentives for firms to hire women in the first place.

 
Sailboat Family Rescue Spurs Parenting Debate
Source: New York Times
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Sailboat Family Rescue Spurs Parenting Debate

The New York Times says when Eric and Charlotte Kaufman were rescued from their disabled sailboat along with their 1 and 3 year-old daughters, it launched a debate over whether they were bad parents for embarking on such a journey or just unlucky. The family set out from Mexico for what was to be a month’s-long journey to New Zealand before running into trouble less than two weeks later.

 
Report: Al Sharpton Worked as Mob Informant
Source: New York Daily News
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Report: Al Sharpton Worked as Mob Informant

The Smoking Gun website has released hundreds of pages of court filings and FBI reports detailing the Rev. Al Sharpton’s work as an FBI informant in the 1980s. Sharpton apparently wore a wire to help take down members of the Genovese crime family. He allegedly became an informant after being caught on tape discussing cocaine deals with a drug kingpin. In an interview with the New York Daily News, Sharpton acknowledged working with the FBI, but denied much of what was in the Smoking Gun’s report.

 
Is Organic Better for Your Health?
Source: Washington Post
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Is Organic Better for Your Health?

The Washington Post looks at the research behind organic food, examining the differences between regular and organic meat, milk, eggs, produce and fish. The results seem to be that in most cases, organic products don’t offer significant benefits. But in a few cases, such as in milk, there are some studies that show that fewer hormones in organic milk could lead to a lower risk of cancer.

 
How to Build a Robot Firefighter
Source: Boston Globe
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How to Build a Robot Firefighter

Engineers all over the world are working on building robots that can be sent in to dangerous situations - such as fighting fires or shutting down damaged nuclear plants. The Boston Globe describes just how difficult it is to fine tune a robot for these types of tasks. This summer, the Navy plans to test a firefighting robot on one of its ships.

 

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