Ali Wentworth asked Pat to do a NY1-style summary of some headlines from Cosmo and Self magazines during their Q and A.
From now until May 27th, you can enter your business in the “Crowd Rules $50,000 Challenge.”
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|Obama proposes new curbs on banks||16|
|O’Brien to leave ‘Tonight’ show||14|
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Friday, 22 January 2010 10:30 AM
Pat?s Preview is the first glimpse of our story selection for the day. Check back around 12 pm ET for our complete list of Pat?s Picks. Or if you can?t wait, keep your eye on the Story Stack for great articles as we come across them.
Advice to all those having an affair: Keep your jilted lover away from Kinkos. I’m assuming the co-president of tech giant Oracle is in hot water. His longtime mistress papered Times Square with posters of the couple yesterday after she learned that he had reconciled with his wife reports the New York Post.
Companies now have a free hand to spend what they want in support or in opposition of candidates running for public office. Republicans cheered the Supreme Court decision yesterday reports the Washington Post, which “swept aside decades of legislative restrictions on the role of corporations in political campaigns.”
There’s an interesting New York Times article about a program run by the NFL called the 88 Plan. It’s to help retired players who’ve developed dementia. The problem is that many are unaware of the program or already too sick to apply.
Should the National Enquirer win a Pulitzer for its coverage of the John Edwards love child story? Its editor thinks so. And Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post says there is no doubt that the tabloid scooped everyone else. But Kurtz says their reliance on “checkbook journalism,” or paying for information, probably takes them out of the running.
Burger King is about to make dreams come true. USA Today reports this morning that the fast food chain is opening its first Whopper Bar in South Beach, where, for the first time, you can get a beer with your burger. The cost of a Whopper combo meal, beer included? $7.99.
He’s hoping the rain won’t be just purple, it’ll be gold as well. The Star Tribune reports this morning that Prince has penned a new song for the Minnesota Vikings. The singer told the paper he was inspired to write a song for his hometown team’s playoff bid during last week’s game against the Cowboys. Listen to the Song
I’m feeling nostalgic today, which means today’s topic will be 1990s pop music.
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:37 PM
The stories on Pat?s Picks are evolving throughout the morning as we make our final selections. At about Noon ET we lock down the list and send out our free e-mail summary.
How do you help people that can’t stop using their phones behind the wheel? You guess it, build an app. The Boston Globe test drives a couple that use GPS technology to tell when you are on the move and restrict your ability to make and receive calls.
The New York Post has the first photos of Tiger Woods attending a sex clinic in Mississippi. The paper says Woods is getting the star treatment and it is angering his fellow addicts. Not only did he insist on $100,000 of renovations to his cottage, he hired a maid do the daily chores that other patients are required to complete.
How smart is your dog? New research has shown that dogs can remember up to 150 words and count up to four or five, (in what language, I’m not sure) which prompted the Chicago Tribune to print a round-up of the seven smartest dogs. Number one? Border Collies.
A man and woman from New Hampshire were arrested on prostitution charges after the man called police to complain that while he had paid for sex, he hadn’t received any. The Union Leader suggests next time he call the Better Business Bureau.
John Edwards has admitted he fathered a child out of wedlock reports the Raleigh News and Observer this morning. The announcement comes almost two years after the media began speculating that Edwards was the father of two-year-old Frances Quinn Hunter, the daughter of his former mistress.
The New York Post follows up with the daughter of newly elected Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown after he declared on national television that she was available to date. The 21-year-old Ayla told the Post she had more than 1,500 new friend requests on Facebook after her father’s gaffe. VIDEO
If Wesley Snipes was right, that’s just another reason this could be the worst idea ever: The Journal-Constitution says a pro wrestling promoter announced his plans for an all-white basketball league, to be based in Atlanta, this week. The Augusta Chronicle, which broke the story on Tuesday, says the idea is to “emphasize ‘fundamental basketball’ instead of ‘street ball.’”
Men are bad at buying jeans that truly fit says the New York Times this morning, except, that is, for Harrison Ford. To emulate his style, look for jeans that are “cut lean, dark blue, with no fussy extras and with a modest rise that even men of ordinary fitness might wear without embarrassment.”
Hulu is considering a move from “free to fee” reports the LA Times this morning. The video site may soon start charging users $4.99 a month to watch older episodes of its most popular shows. Hulu says they need about 20 TV series to make the plan viable.
Yesterday in my blog post about the New York Times’ plan to charge for content I again suggested publishers come up with an “iTunes” of their own. But why re-invent iTunes when you could just use iTunes? The Wall Street Journal says Apple wants to become a print content middleman when it introduces its new tablet computer.
It’s done. Conan O’Brien and NBC finally reached a deal to end his contract with the network early this morning. The Wall Street Journal says O’Brien will walk away with $32 million and his staff will receive $12 million in severance. The agreement is said to have also included a “nondisparagement clause” for both parties.
This probably isn’t what you want to read as you settle into your chair for the day: The Chicago Tribune says sitting for long periods of time can result in a host of health problems, even if you exercise regularly. Experts suggest finding as many excuses to get up from your desk as possible.
The LA Times sat down for a “direct talk” with five prominent directors: James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, Lee Daniels and Jason Reitman. Among the topics debated were finding the right actor, dealing with the studios and how they avoid making movies “based on board games and sequels and franchises.”
The Salt Lake Tribune has a profile of John Cooper, the man who will take the reins from Robert Redford as festival director at this year’s Sundance. Attendees may have more than just screenings to take in - Cooper says he is contemplating kicking off the festival with his signature cartwheel.
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|Aftershocks hit Haiti; aid still arriving||25|
|Suspected gunman in Virginia murders surrenders||5|
|Children’s media exposure pervasive||5|