Pat’s Picks: Friday, October 12
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Friday, 12 October 2012 8:33 AM
The best headlines, the most interesting photography and conversation-starting articles from today’s newspapers.
There’s a great photographic summary of last night’s debate on the front page of the Washington Post. The face off between Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan was “as much a do-over as a debate” says Post writer Karen Tumulty. Biden spent the evening defending the Obama administration and pointing out the GOP missteps. Ryan, on the other hand, played it safe.
The vice presidential debate was popular on the editorial page of the New York Times this morning. The paper calls it “one of the best and meatiest political conversations in many years.” Both candidates, the Times says, are truly engaged on the issues: “In contrast to the dismal meeting last week between President Obama and Mitt Romney, this debate gave voters a chance to evaluate the positions of the two tickets, in part because Representative Paul Ryan’s nonanswers were accurate reflections of his campaign.”
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sent out a warning yesterday about the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor,” reports the New York Times. He told a crowd in New York that an attack by foreign computer hackers could do serious damage to the country’s infrastructure, dismantling transportation, the power grid—even the government. Pentagon officials say while the threat is real, Panetta was likely stumping for a cybersecurity bill that was stalled by a group of Republicans.
A cool shell, sure. But who expects to find a giant eyeball while strolling the beach? That’s exactly what happened to Gino Covacci, says the Sun Sentinel. His first reaction was to kick the softball-size orb. When he did he realized he was looking at the ” biggest eyeball he had ever seen.” Wildlife officials are now trying to determine what sea creature the missing eyeball may have come from.
What ever happened to Wyclef Jean’s Yele? The New York Times says the charity, created to rebuild Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, “effectively went out of business last month,” a fact that Jean neglects to mention in his new memoir. He also doesn’t mention an ongoing investigation by New York’s attorney general into Yele’s finances, which has found “improprieties.” Instead, Jean portrays “himself as persecuted like Jesus and Martin Luther King Jr.”
Can’t sell your luxury home? Conventional logic says lower the price. But the Wall Street Journal says some home buyers have done the opposite to attract attention. It works in a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses way: when wealthy buyers see record-breaking sales, they are inspired to emulate.
Wendy has gotten a make-over. The Ohio-based fast food chain just revamped their logo for the first time in 23 years, says the Columbus Dispatch. The new logo, which will appear in March, features “more contemporary cameo of the pig-tailed, freckled Wendy character and a softer script for the company’s name.”
There is a front-page story in the Chicago Tribune this morning about Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, specifically their enthusiastic fan base in high schools all across America. Experts worry about the high levels of salt and fat but the Tribune says “there is something about Flamin’ Hot Cheetos that inflames critics in a way that other snacks —including regular Cheetos—never did.” As a result they’ve been banned in several school districts.
Enter address below to get the morning headlines in your inbox (more details)
New on the Blog
From now until May 27th, you can enter your business in the “Crowd Rules $50,000 Challenge.”
- 5/16 Memo to Women of NYC: Topless OK
- 5/10 Attention-Grabbers Top Most Popular Name List
- 5/9 McDonalds Kidnapping Tweet: Tacky or Nice
- 5/6 Accessory Makers Break Free from Apple
- 5/7 15,000-Year-Old Words
Remember our new weekly trivia contest continues today. Pat will tweet out a link at 11:30 a.m. to three questions. First two people to get them all will win a pair of tickets to the New York Post Headlines Tour.
- Listening to @DOPEITSDOM with my girl Yanna. I can't wait for him to come to Howard !!
3:23 PM Oct 9th from twitterfeed
- O Facebook tá uma confusão de fotos de crianças com desenhos animados no perfil. '-'
3:21 PM Oct 9th from twitterfeed
- CRAVING that cake!!!! Just oh my God... #GBBO #greatbritishbakeoff
3:21 PM Oct 9th from twitterfeed