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Pat’s Picks: Thursday, April 24

Written by Pat Papers | UPDATED: Thursday, 24 April 2014 8:43 AM

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

Breaking News: News Outlets Overusing Alerts
Source: USA Today
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Breaking News: News Outlets Overusing Alerts

Actor Josh Gad writes a guest column in USA Today decrying the overuse of breaking news alerts by news outlets. He says CNN felt the need yesterday to send an alert to his phone, telling him that Lupita Nyong’o had been named People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person of 2014. He says editors need to be much more discriminating when deciding what news is worthy of sending out an alert.

 
Google Maps to Offer View of the Past
Source: Wall Street Journal
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Google Maps to Offer View of the Past

It wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Google ends up being the company to figure out time travel. But for now, Google is offering a new feature of Street View that allows you to look through images dating back to 2007. If you see an hourglass in the upper left corner of the Street View screen, there is old imagery available. The feature is rolling out globally. The Wall Street Journal says the time machine will eventually be available in almost every location that has a Street View.

 
FDA Releasing Plans to Regulate E-Cigarettes
Source: Washington Post
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FDA Releasing Plans to Regulate E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration is outlining plans to regulate electronic cigarettes as well as cigars, pipe tobacco and hookahs. The Washington Post says the plans, if adopted, would force e-cigarette manufacturers to stop selling to minors, stop handing out free samples, put warning labels on their products and disclose the ingredients. As of yet, there are no plans to ban online sales or the use of flavorings that critics say are designed to attract young smokers.

 
New Fitness Company Offering At Home Spin Classes
Source: New York Times
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New Fitness Company Offering At Home Spin Classes

The New York Times Business Section says investors are lining up to back a new fitness company called Peloton. Clients buy a $2000, high-end spin bike with a tablet - and then pay $39 a month to pedal along with live-streamed or recorded spin classes from home. The tablets are designed to allow users to compete with friends over Facebook - and will soon offer Netflix streaming. Peloton managed to lure top instructors with the promise of exposure to clients around the world.

 
Richard Gere Fools New Yorkers in Role as Homeless Man
Source: New York Post
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Richard Gere Fools New Yorkers in Role as Homeless Man

Richard Gere is a good actor. So good, that he was mistaken for a homeless person while shooting his latest film on the streets of Manhattan. The New York Post says no one recognized the famous actor - and one woman even gave him a bag of food, which he graciously accepted without breaking character.

 

Pat’s Picks: Tuesday, April 22

Written by Pat Papers | UPDATED: Tuesday, 22 April 2014 8:21 AM

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

Man Recreates 1964 World’s Fair
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Man Recreates 1964 World’s Fair

The Orlando Sentinel profiles Rob Bianco, a Florida model maker who was so enthralled by the 1964 World’s Fair in New York he actually built a scale model of it as a 13-year-old boy. It was so impressive that the fair’s mastermind, Robert Moses, wrote him a letter of admiration. Now 50 years later, Bianco still makes custom models of buildings from the fair which he sells to collectors. VIDEO

 
Lime Shortage Leads to Outrageous Prices
Source: New York Post
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Lime Shortage Leads to Outrageous Prices

Have you noticed a lemon replacing your lime in a Corona? Blame the great lime shortage. Cases of limes that once sold for $30 are now commanding as much as $200. The New York Post says the shortage has a number of factors, including heavy rains that knocked blossoms off trees, a bacteria that has damaged crops, even hijackings of delivery trucks by drug cartels.

 
Overwhelming Feeling on Marathon Day in Boston: Normalcy
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Overwhelming Feeling on Marathon Day in Boston: Normalcy

Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen says all along the marathon route yesterday, the overwhelming feeling was a welcome sense of normalcy. Cullen says it was fitting that Meb Keflezighia, a refugee from Eritrea, won the race. Cullen says unlike the brothers accused of bombing last year’s marathon, Keflezighia embraced the opportunities offered by America.

 
We Get Nicer As We Age
Source: Wall Street Journal
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We Get Nicer As We Age

We’ve heard that as we get older we get wiser. But do we get nicer too? Researchers call it the maturity principle. As we age, we tend to report more positive traits like conscientiousness and agreeableness and fewer negative traits like neuroticism and extroversion. Experts say changing your personality is difficult but not impossible. It requires constant attention, similar to the effort needed to lose weight.

 
How Logan Paul Mastered the Art of 6 Second Comedy
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How Logan Paul Mastered the Art of 6 Second Comedy

If you’ve ever used the Vine app, you’ve probably heard of Logan Paul. The Cleveland Plain Dealer says Paul has more than 3.8 million followers on Vine. The Ohio State University freshman has managed to use his knack for making entertaining six second videos to earn money, working on videos for Pepsi, HBO, Virgin Mobile and Ritz. Now he’s considering making entertainment into a career. VIDEO

 
New Permanent Birth Control Method Not As Effective
Source: Chicago Tribune
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New Permanent Birth Control Method Not As Effective

The Chicago Tribune details a new study on the effectiveness of a new permanent birth control method for women marketed under the brand name Essure. Researchers say that nearly 10% of women who undergo the sterilization procedure could still become pregnant. That’s nearly four times the risk of pregnancy that comes after the more traditional method of a laparoscopic tubal ligation.

 
Netflix to Raise Prices for New Users
Source: New York Post
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Netflix to Raise Prices for New Users

Three years after its disastrous price increase, Netflix is taking a more cautious approach as it looks to raise prices again. The New York Post says the streaming video service will hike the monthly fee for new users by $1 to $2. Current subscribers will continue to pay $7.99 a month for “a generous time period.” Netflix says price hikes will allow it to produce more original programming like “House of Cards and “Orange is the New Black.”

 

Pat’s Picks: Monday, April 21

Written by Pat Papers | UPDATED: Monday, 21 April 2014 8:14 AM

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

Buying Fake Friends on Twitter & Facebook
Source: New York Times
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Buying Fake Friends on Twitter & Facebook

New York Times columnist Nick Bilton says it’s easy to rack up thousands of new followers on Twitter and Facebook. For $5, he was able to gain 4000 Twitter and 4000 Facebook followers. Retweets, likes, shares and comments are all for sale. Bilton says these fake followers can help celebrities and politicians appear more popular than they are, swaying public opinion and even legislative agendas.

 
Emotions Run High in Boston Ahead of Marathon
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Emotions Run High in Boston Ahead of Marathon

The Boston Globe says emotions are running high in the city ahead of today’s marathon. The mood seems upbeat, with many speaking of unfinished business and the desire for a return to normalcy. The paper says it was fitting that the Marathon comes the day after Easter which for many symbolizes resilience.

 
New Trend: Elaborate “Promposals”
Source: Courier-Journal
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New Trend: Elaborate “Promposals”

Asking someone to the prom is getting complicated. The Courier-Journal says elaborate “promposals” are being acted out in schools across America. One student worked with a teacher to create a fake pop quiz that included a question asking his best friend to the prom. One high school junior says promposals have become popular because, “no matter how far she is out of the guy’s league, there’s almost a definite ‘yes’ as long as the promposal is fantastic and unique.”

 
Mutual Funds Venturing into Venture Capital
Source: Wall Street Journal
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Mutual Funds Venturing into Venture Capital

The Wall Street Journal says more and more mutual funds are getting into the venture capital game, taking chances on Silicon Valley startups traditionally deemed too risky for mutual funds. These risks could pay off big for investors if the companies go public or get sold. But mutual funds typically shy away from such risky propositions, aiming for steady, if not spectacular gains.

 
Teen Survives Flight from San Jose to Maui in Wheel Well
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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Teen Survives Flight from San Jose to Maui in Wheel Well

A 16-year-old boy somehow survived a flight from San Jose, California to Maui stowed in the wheel well of a jet despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. Officials say the boy was unconscious for most of the flight. The boy was released to child protective services and not charged with any crime.

 
Report: Pistorius Took Acting Lessons Before Trial
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Report: Pistorius Took Acting Lessons Before Trial

Olympian “Bladerunner” Oscar Pistorius took acting lessons before taking the stand in his murder trial, according to a new report. The New York Post says South African Sunday Times columnist Jani Allan wrote on her blog that a reliable source informed her about the acting lessons. Allan said Pistorius represents everything the West loathes about white South Africans living extravagant lives.

 

Business Insider’s “Day in the Life” Video with Pat

Business Insider’s “Day in the Life” Video with Pat
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Business Insider followed Pat’s workday from start to finish to produce a “Day in the Life” video report.

 

Pat’s Picks: Friday, April 18

Written by Pat Papers | UPDATED: Friday, 18 April 2014 6:36 AM

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

Cracking the Code of Baseball Scheduling
Source: Baltimore Sun
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Cracking the Code of Baseball Scheduling

Have you ever wondered how Major League Baseball comes up with its schedule? 30 teams, 162 games, travel, special requests. In a way it’s mind-boggling. The Baltimore Sun says a team of Johns Hopkins researchers has come up with a program that uses thousands of lines of code to produce a nearly perfect schedule. Now they’re hoping to sell it some of the minor leagues - where schedules are often still done in pencil.

 
Every College Tour is the Same: Boring
Source: Wall Street Journal
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Every College Tour is the Same: Boring

As he tours colleges with his daughter, writer Marek Fuchs says he’s come to realize that all college tours are boring and essentially the same. He writes a guest column in the Wall Street Journal with suggestions on how to improve college tours. For one, he says, don’t let parents and kids take the same tour. Use random kids from campus to lead the tours, instead of highly-trained guides. And let the tours see the campus at night, where much of the excitement takes place.

 
Korean Ferry Rescue Mishandled
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Korean Ferry Rescue Mishandled

The New York Times says evidence is mounting that human error contributed to the massive loss of life in the South Korean ferry disaster. The ship’s captain was among the first to flee, and passengers weren’t told to evacuate for more than an hour after the ship began taking on water. Only a couple of the 44 lifeboats were deployed. 271 people remain missing as of Friday.

 
Earth’s “Twin” Discovered
Source: LA Times
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Earth’s “Twin” Discovered

Scientists say they’ve discovered the first Earth-sized planet that orbits in a habitable zone where liquid water could exist. The Los Angeles Times says the discovery of Kepler-186f is beign called the “tip of the iceberg.” The thinking is, if such planets turn out to be common among the distant stars now being explored, there should be many of them closer to Earth.

 
Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy
Source: Washington Post
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Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has announced that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child. The Washington Post says the 34-year-old made the surprise announcement at an event on New York’s Lower East Side. As her mother looked on, Chelsea said she hoped she would be as good a mom as her mom has been.

 
So, You Want a Pet Giraffe?
Source: Wall Street Journal
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So, You Want a Pet Giraffe?

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own exotic animal, the Wall Street Journal explains some of the legal hoops you might need to jump through to do so. Most exotic animals fall under the scope of U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations. But state and local laws apply as well. That means if you have a few Llamas or a pet cheetah, you’ll be limited in where you can live if you should ever want to move.

 

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