A Day in the Life of Pat Kiernan
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A Day in the Life of Pat Kiernan

Business Insider spent a day with me, documenting my 15-hour workday

The Perfect Scrambled Egg
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The Perfect Scrambled Egg

Food author Michael Ruhlman shares his tips for the perfect scrambled egg.

 

VIDEO: Best Guess Ever on “Wheel of Fortune”

VIDEO: Best Guess Ever on “Wheel of Fortune”
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A “Wheel of Fortune” contestant solved the unsolvable last night. Pat and Vanna hardly believed that it had happened.

 

Pat’s Picks: Thursday, March 20

Written by Pat Papers | UPDATED: Thursday, 20 March 2014 8:21 AM

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

“Chicken from Hell” Dinosaur Discovered
Source: Washington Post
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“Chicken from Hell” Dinosaur Discovered

A newly classified dinosaur is being called “The Chicken from Hell.” The 11 foot long, 500 lb. dinosaur is officially part of a group called oviraptorosaurs. The Washington Post says fossils were found in a sedimentary rock layer known as the Hell Creek Formation in three locations in North and South Dakota - helping the dinosaur earn its nickname. But its appearance was definitely a factor as well.

 
Product Placement: Coming to a High School Theater Near You
Source: Wall Street Journal
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Product Placement: Coming to a High School Theater Near You

The next high school musical you see might feature something you don’t expect: product placement. The Wall Street Journal says school theater departments are co-opting a technique used in Hollywood for years. One high school production of Grease in Ohio featured a character carrying a pizza box from a local pizzeria that paid $500 as part of a sponsorship deal..

 
Rebuilding a $2.1 Billion Stealth Fighter
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Rebuilding a $2.1 Billion Stealth Fighter

The LA Times details the largely secret, four-year mission to rebuild a B-2 Stealth Bomber that was badly damaged in a fire in Guam. It involved hundreds of rare parts, thousands of man hours and 300 Northrop and Air Force workers, many of whom flew to Guam to work on the project seven days a week. With only 20 B-2s in existence, Air Force officials said there was no doubt they would invest the $105 million it took to repair the plane.

 
Alternative to the Colonoscopy
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Alternative to the Colonoscopy

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic have come up with an alternative to the colonoscopy that’s nearly as reliable in detecting cancers, but it’s not without its own “ick” factor. The test involves sending stool samples in the mail. The Minneapolis Star Tribune says the test could become an alternative for the millions of Americans who ignore their doctors’ advice because they’re squeamish about getting a rectal exam.

 
How to Deter Reckless Drivers: Punish All of Them
Source: New York Daily News
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How to Deter Reckless Drivers: Punish All of Them

Attorney Alan Dershowitz writes an opinion piece in the New York Daily News about reckless drivers. He says the only way to really deter reckless driving is to punish everyone who drives recklessly - not just those who kill someone. Dershowitz says, the law rarely punishes even those who do kill someone - with only five percent of the drivers involved in fatalities in New York being charged with serious crimes.

 
Oprah’s First Endorsement: Starbucks Chai Tea
Source: Seattle Times
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Oprah’s First Endorsement: Starbucks Chai Tea

For someone with as much influence as she has, it’s hard to believe Oprah Winfrey hasn’t endorsed a product until now. The Seattle Times says Oprah helped design Teavana Oprah Chai Tea. It will be available starting April 29th. For each Oprah chai product sold, Starbucks will make a donation to her youth education initiative.

 
Paradise for Pampered Pets
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Paradise for Pampered Pets

Anything you could ever imagine buying, and many things you couldn’t can be found at the Global Pet Expo. Penelope Green pays a visit there for The New York Times. There she discovers everything from anxiety-reducing shirts for dogs to the on-demand ball launcher for those dogs that can’t get enough of playing fetch.

 

Pat’s Picks: Wednesday, March 19

Written by Pat Papers | UPDATED: Wednesday, 19 March 2014 6:29 AM

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

Behold, the $25 Corn Dog
Source: Arizona Republic
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Behold, the $25 Corn Dog

Ballpark food is expensive. But $25 for a corn dog might be a stretch. The Arizona Diamondbacks are introducing an 18-inch dog, stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon. It comes with a side of fries, chipotle ketchup and spicy mustard. The Arizona Republic says this isn’t the most expensive ballpark dog - the Texas Rangers sell a 2-foot long chili dog called the “Boomstick” for $26.

 
Lobster for Everyone
Source: Wall Street Journal
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Lobster for Everyone

Lobster at Quiznos? The Wall Street Journal says lobster is finding its way into everyday settings more often. From fast food to find dining, lobster that was once a luxury item is becoming more affordable. Lobster populations have been strong - leading to falling prices.

 
Flaming Golf Clubs
Source: Orange County Register
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Flaming Golf Clubs

Is your golf swing a fire hazard? Scientists at UC Irvine say they’ve confirmed what firefighters had suspected for years - titanium coated golf clubs can cause vegetation on the golf course to burst into flames. The Orange County register says golf clubs are now being blamed for several golf course fires. If the club hits a rock, it can create sparks that burn hot enough and long enough to spark a fire.

 
What to Do When Windows XP Expires
Source: Wall Street Journal
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What to Do When Windows XP Expires

Come April 8th, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. From that point on, the operating system will be vulnerable to attack and will no longer be a safe place to work. The Wall Street Journal weighs your options - from upgrading to Windows 8.1 or the more familiar Windows 7 to jumping ship with a non-Microsoft operating system.

 
GM Recall Crisis in Barra’s Hands
Source: Detroit Free Press
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GM Recall Crisis in Barra’s Hands

Don’t let anyone fool you, General Motors is in recall crisis mode. Detroit Free-Press business columnist Tom Walsh says whether GM survives now rests in the hands of CEO Mary Barra. Walsh says Barra got off to a good start by being accountable and apologetic, vowing that something like this won’t happen again.

 
Tracking the Cable Guy
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Tracking the Cable Guy

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is vowing to bring “Uber-like” quality to his company’s customer service. USA Today says Roberts wants customers to be able to track their cable service technician, in the same way Uber users can track where their cab is. Roberts is promising that improvements to Comcast’s customer service will spread quickly to Time Warner Cable if and when the two companies merge.

 

Pat’s Picks: Tuesday, March 18

Written by Pat Papers | UPDATED: Tuesday, 18 March 2014 8:15 AM

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

Why Can Transponders Be Turned Off?
Source: New York Times
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Why Can Transponders Be Turned Off?

Since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, one of the thoughts I’ve had is why a transponder can be turned off in the first place. Gregg Easterbrook writes an Op-Ed in the New York Times asking the same question. He says transponders should have been re-engineered after the September 11th attacks so they could not be manually turned off. Only a hijacker would want to turn off a transponder.

 
Homework Burden Unchanged in 30 Years
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Homework Burden Unchanged in 30 Years

Think kids have too much homework these days? New research shows homework burdens are virtually unchanged over the past 30 years. USA Today says the share of 17-year-olds who say they spent more than two hours a night on homework was 13% in surveys from both 1984 and 2012. One recent survey found 46% of parents in one New Jersey township said their kids spend too much time on homework.

 
Big Bang Theory Gets Major Boost
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Big Bang Theory Gets Major Boost

The scientific community is buzzing about a discovery that gives strong evidence to the theory that the cosmos was created in a split second. Astronomers working at the South Pole announced they had found ripples from gravitational waves created in the big bang. The Washington Post says it took researchers four years to build the telescope used to detect the waves, and three years to analyze the data.

 
Amazon’s $1B Ad Sales Balance
Source: Seattle Times
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Amazon’s $1B Ad Sales Balance

If you think Google knows a lot about you, you won’t believe how much Amazon knows. By tracking your purchases, Amazon has a unique insight into your behavior. But the Seattle Times says Amazon won’t share its most coveted data to advertisers for fear of alienating customers. Even though advertising is a $1B business for Amazon, the company does $70B in sales.

 
Advice on Winning Your NCAA Pool for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Fans
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Advice on Winning Your NCAA Pool for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Fans

The Wall Street Journal’s Ben Cohen has some helpful advice on how to win your office NCAA Tournament pool. He breaks it down into three levels of fans. For the novice, he says, pick the favorites. Intermediates should focus on which teams have the best players and advanced players should pay attention to a team’s pace. Slower teams have fewer chances to make up for mistakes.

 
Thoreau’s Walden Goes Digital
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Thoreau’s Walden Goes Digital

Henry David Thoreau’s Walden has been given a digital treatment allowing the classic work to be examined in all of its complexity. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle says a team from the State University College at Geneseo worked with experts and historical groups on the project. Readers can go to digitalthoreau.org to explore how the final version of Walden compares with any of Thoreau’s previous six drafts.

 

Pat’s Picks: Monday, March 17

Written by Pat Papers | UPDATED: Monday, 17 March 2014 8:12 AM

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

March Madness: The Excitement of the Underdog
Source: LA Times
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March Madness: The Excitement of the Underdog

With the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament getting underway this week, the LA Times’ David Wharton says no other sporting event offers so many chances for David to slay Goliath. He says the underdog spirit of the tournament reinforces one of our core beliefs: Anyone who works hard enough can succeed. The underdog also offers a safe emotional investment. You should expect them to lose, so you’re not as disappointed when they do.

 
Should You Pay for Your Kid’s College?
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Should You Pay for Your Kid’s College?

The Wall Street Journal this morning has experts weigh in on both sides of six personal finance debates. My favorite is the question of whether you should pay for your child’s college education. Meir Statman, a finance professor at Santa Clara University, says you should pay for college, to instill the notion that an education is important and ensure your children don’t start off adulthood with crippling debt. Psychotherapist and Author Laura Herman says kids who pay their own way take it more seriously and are less likely to drop out.

 
Will Hillary be Too Old in 2016?
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Will Hillary be Too Old in 2016?

While all signs point to Hillary Clinton making a run for the White House in 2016, USA Today asks if her age would be a concern. If she were to win, at age 69, she would be just a few months younger than our oldest president, Ronald Reagan. But life expectancy in 1963 was just 69 years old, today it is 79.

 
Review: Paycheck to Paycheck
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Review: Paycheck to Paycheck

The Washington Post’s Hank Stuever reviews HBO’s new documentary, “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert.” It’s the story of a single mother of three kids struggling to make it. He says it differs from many similar stories in that filmmakers often choose the hardest-luck examples, rather than someone who is just scraping by.

 
The Tale of Bonanza, Colo. Population 1
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The Tale of Bonanza, Colo. Population 1

The Denver Post tells the story of the once-thriving boomtown of Bonanza, Colorado. It’s now home to just one resident. The state is likely to soon nullify its 133-year-old incorporation. Its only resident is a former hotshot team firefighter who moved to Bonanza 19-years ago, he says to live at the end of a dirt road in the middle of nowhere.

 

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