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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|Bank bosses testify before Congressional panel||10|
|Google and China face off||6|
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:27 AM
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The destruction unfolding in Haiti is the top story in most newspapers this morning. The Miami Herald says corpses filled the streets of Port-au-Prince yesterday as rescue workers frantically searched through the rubble for survivors. Experts worry the death toll could reach as high as 500,000 reports the New York Post. Corky Siemaszko of the New York Daily News describes the earthquake’s aftermath in the capital city, writing that “Port-au-Prince was Warsaw or Dresden circa 1945 - a ruined hulk that bore the barest resemblance to what it once was.”
Furniture stores have figured out how to make people buy couches in a down economy: give them a free flat-screen TV. The Boston Globe says the deals are especially resonating with consumers now that the Super Bowl is right around the corner.
Even the Food Network uses stunt doubles. The Chicago Tribune says vegetables from the White House garden were widely promoted as the secret ingredient on recent episode of “Iron Chef.” The only problem was that they were ringers. Eagle-eyed viewers noticed the discrepancy when the show’s three stars were shown cooking in New York City after picking produce in Washington DC.
A hybrid online shopping idea is catching on in France. The Chronodrive supermarket takes orders online, but replaces delivery with a drive-by pickup window. The Wall Street Journal reports French buyers shop more frequently than Americans, and delivery fees had been scaring away potential online shoppers.
Meet Mikey. The New York Times says the 8-year-old boy is on the TSA’s terrorist watch list. I guess he’s not really but he shares a name with somebody who is. That means every time he flies with his family is an ordeal - he was first patted down by airport security when he was two.
MTV is banking on a show that is, gasp, not of the reality variety. The LA Times says the network is hoping that “The Hard Times of RJ Berger,” their new comedy about a boy with an “anatomical gift,” has what it takes to boost ratings.
I need to get over the death of the All State Cafe. But the loss of my favorite beer and burger joint is something I still haven’t come to terms with entirely. That was one of the topics that came up in an interview just published on the Village Voice website.
With news of Megan Fox’s gig posing for Armani underwear in lots of papers this morning, today’s trivia will be about the “Transformers” star.
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Wednesday, 13 January 2010 12:47 PM
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Lots of papers are updating their coverage on the devastating earthquake in Haiti with ways you can help. The New York Daily News says Wyclef Jean is urging people to text “Yele” to the number “501501” and make a $5 dollar donation. The State Department says by simply texting “Haiti” to the number “90999,” a $10 donation will be added to your cell phone bill.
The Miami Herald says Haiti is reeling from the after effects of a 7.0 earthquake that hit yesterday afternoon. There is no official word yet on the number of casualties but witnesses say the damage is widespread and devastating. The New York Times reports that several buildings in the capital city of Port-au-Prince have crumbled, including a hospital and the UN headquarters. A spokesperson for the agency said a large number of its employees are missing.
Have you ever finished a bar of complimentary hotel soap? When you think about it, most of that soap goes directly down the drain. The St. Petersburg Times profiles a man in today’s paper who has started a non-profit to collect the little-used bars and distribute them around the world in order to curb diseases easily prevented by hand washing.
USA Today says most Americans support profiling at airport security check points. Almost three-fourths of those polled said they favored more intense screening for people who fit the “age, ethnicity and gender” profile of terrorists.
Trouble has an official look. A new study has found a correlation between tattoos, body piercings and defiant behavior. But parents shouldn’t worry about “a lone dolphin or a belly-button ring” says the Chicago Tribune - the supposed propensity for trouble comes with four or more tattoos.
Megan Fox is making lots of headlines today because of her new ad campaign for Emporio Armani underwear. The Daily News says pictures from the campaign will be hoisted onto billboards in New York, Los Angeles, London, Milan, Rome, Paris and Tokyo. Photos
After going astray last year with an LA edition, “Project Runway” is reasserting its NYC focus this season. The New York Daily News says fans were not only dismayed by the coast switch but also by the decision to leave the “urbane campiness of the Bravo network for the frumpy suburbs of Lifetime.”
The Conan O’Brien story continues this morning and the Washington Post wins my award for best headline: “It’s Better Never Than Late.” Conan’s public statement yesterday was remarkable considering he’s still on the air at NBC. Bill Carter of the New York Times compares it to Jack Paar walking off the Tonight Show in 1960. And the Times’ Maureen Dowd dedicates her column to NBC CEO Jeff Zucker, whom she refers to as the “Biggest Loser.”
If all your friends were saving energy would you? The Star Tribune says an local energy company is sending its customers information about how their usage stacks up compared to their neighbors. The company says the strategy is to use social pressure to curb energy consumption.
Here’s a trend that’s doesn’t really surprise me: The growth of kosher food purchases among non-Jews. The New York Times says the kosher standards are seen as desirable among many food buyers who aren’t Jewish.
There’s a great feature in the LA Times food section this morning about an unsung hero: the savory pie, which writer Sarah Karnasiewicz says is the “culinary equivalent of a down quilt.” Karnasiewicz writes that after you’ve mastered a simple crust recipe, the possibilities for re-purposing leftovers are endless.
Who skipped the second grade, names Stevie Wonder as her favorite singer and hates it when her husband wins at tennis? In honor of her 46th birthday, the New York Daily News has a whole list, 46 items long, of Michelle Obama trivia in this morning’s paper.
Some old friends are coming to a new format. The San Francisco Chronicle says Warner Brothers has signed up to produce a series of Sesame Street video games. The company says the project was inspired by the fact that “this is the first generation of parents who grew up as gamers.”
There’s some embarrassing news about Zero, the Milwaukee County Zoo’s resident polar bear, in today’s Journal Sentinel: he’s bad in bed. By failing to impregnate the zoo’s female polar bear, Zero has “so literally lived up to his name sexually” that “he’ll be making the walk of shame to a different zoo.”