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 June 3rd, you can enter your business in the “Crowd Rules $50,000 Challenge.”
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Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Wednesday, 20 January 2010 10:27 AM
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The sixth time I saw the video of Dr. Sanjay Gupta helping a baby in Haiti I had enough. Reporters, particularly those trained as doctors, have found themselves in situations where they’ve been able to help earthquake victims. But it’s easy for the networks to step over the line and turn a good deed into a tacky self-promotion opportunity. In the Washington Post today there’s an interesting look at the blurry lines for reporters who double as doctors.
There’s a nice profile of an Afghanistan man serving in the US military in today’s LA Times. The 25-year-old interpreter can’t even visit his own family, who live less than five miles away, because of “danger to himself, his family and the mission.”
There’s a great headline in today’s New York Times: “If Your Kids are Awake, They’re Probably Online.” A new study has found that children ages 8 to 18 spend an average of 7 and a half hours online during the course of the day. And since they’re all multitasking, that adds up to 11 hours of exposure to media content.
Republican Scott Brown won the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat yesterday reports the Boston Herald this morning. The race was close but in the end it was “frustration with the status quo” that turned many Independents, Republicans and even some Democrats into Brown supporters says the Boston Globe. Brown gained most of his momentum in places outside Boston. The Cape Cod News says he took 11 out of 15 of the Cape’s towns. And the Worcester Telegram and Gazette focuses its coverage on the ramifications of Brown’s win on the health care reform package winding its way through Congress. Adam Nagourney of the New York Times writes that Brown’s victory was more than just a win, it “shocked and arguably humiliated the White House and the Democratic Party establishment.”
How heavy is your handbag? The Post has been asking New York women to weigh their bags. Six to seven pounds seems pretty common. One woman was packing a 10-pound purse. The message to bag designers is make sure you’re providing products that can accommodate all the stuff people want to carry.
I guess when you get older hair pulling just isn’t as effective. A Michigan woman was arraigned yesterday on charges that she bit off a significant portion, about one-third, of her sister’s nose says the Jackson Citizen Patriot.
Today’s topic is Hollywood comebacks.
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Tuesday, 19 January 2010 12:33 PM
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Does this sound like a good business strategy? Domino’s has launched a national ad campaign admitting its product was known as one of the worst on the market. The Chicago Tribune documents the chain’s attempt to improve its product while keeping its customers loyal. VIDEO
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has a private beach on Haiti’s coast. It’s quite a ways from Port-au-Prince but the New York Daily News says the company is facing criticism for continuing to make the stop. The cruise line says because it employs thousands of Haitians and brings supplies every time it docks, it feels it?s better to keep the tourists coming than opt out.
After initially resisting the idea of air dropping food and water aid in Haiti, the US military is now moving ahead with a plan to do just that. USA Today says the government has decided it’s the only feasible option in the short term and outweighs their fears that the drops could initiate riots.
The eyes of the entire country are on Massachusetts today, reports the Boston Globe, as the state watches returns from a special election to fill Teddy Kennedy’s Senate seat come in. The Washington Post has a front-page analysis of why the election is so important for the health care reform bill that is making its way through Congress.
The main USA Today editorial in this morning’s paper focuses on President Obama’s first year in office. In order to make a fair assessment, the paper says we need to remember the state of the country in 2009.
When it comes to marriage, men stand to gain far more economically than women says results from a recent study. Not only do men benefit from the rise of the two-income family, more women are entering into relationships where they earn more than their husbands says USA Today.
Not that there’s any doubt about the Apple tablet computer speculation. But just in case you’re looking for more evidence that its arrival is imminent, the Wall Street Journal says Apple’s in advanced talks with publisher Harper Collins. A proposal would have Apple take a percentage of sales for a device that would compete directly with Amazon’s Kindle.
The Newark Star-Ledger has a look at the real life story behind the film “Extraordinary Measures,” which hits theaters this Friday. The film is based on the life of John Crowley, who quit his job to pursue a cure for the fatal genetic disorder that two of his children were born with.
Attention beer pong enthusiasts: the number of cities you are welcome in is dwindling. The Orange County Register says the city council is considering a public ban on the game, following in the footsteps of many cities and towns around the country.
There’s a timely story in the Wall Street Journal this morning after New Jersey approved medical marijuana yesterday. Evidence shows it does help with pain and nausea but the Journal says when it comes to the other claimed benefits, the evidence isn’t so clear.
There are some unwanted visitors in Indiana this winter, 32,000 of them. The Terra Haute Tribune Star says the town has been overrun by crows. No one is exactly sure why the birds are so attracted to the town, but one thing is for sure: ?It looks like [an] Alfred Hitchcock movie out there.?
Jay Leno explained his side of the story last night and drilled home the fact that he thought his late night rival Conan O’Brien was a “good guy.” A formal announcement from NBC about the future of the “Tonight Show” could come today says the New York Post. Watch the VIDEO
Truffles aren’t just for food snobs writes the Oregonian this morning. The paper profiles the cheaper Northwestern variety of the prized European fungus and gives some helpful tips on how to incorporate them into your cooking.
There’s a glowing review for the latest version of the Dodge Caravan in this morning’s New York Daily News. The paper says in many ways the original minivan is still leading the pack.
Here’s another endorsement for not talking on the phone while you drive: California police say a man who was startled by his Blue Tooth device had to make a quick exit from his car after driving into a creek. What did this jittery man do? Shoot a hole in the car’s window, with the handgun he was carrying says the Roseville Press Tribune.
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