Pat’s Picks: Friday, October 26
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Friday, 26 October 2012 8:35 AM
The best headlines, the most interesting photography and conversation-starting articles from today’s newspapers.
There’s a classic photo out of Cuba on the front page of the Virginian-Pilot this morning—a giant wave about to hit 1950s car. The headline: “Look What’s Headed Our Way.” That seems especially ominous as Hurricane Sandy makes her way up the East Coast.
Facebook employees will be able to sell their shares starting Monday, reports USA Today this morning. Their holdings account for 11 percent of the company’s total shares. The paper says there’s a potential for the market to be flooded with stock, just as investors are starting to get interested again and will also be the first time “Wall Street gets to see how much Facebook employees ‘like’ their company’s stock.”
There’s a major investigation on the front page of the New York Times this morning. So major the Chinese government has blocked access to the story on the Internet inside the country. The Times details the billions in wealth—at least $2.7 billion—collected by the family of China’s prime minister Wen Jiabao. In many cases, says the paper, “the names of the relatives have been hidden behind layers of partnerships and investment vehicles involving friends, work colleagues and business partners.”
It’s that time of year, says the Wall Street Journal this morning. General Mills produces its three Halloween-themed cereals only for a few weeks. And those who love them are stocking up. Some fans of Count Chocula, Franken Berry and Boo Berry spend the weeks leading up to Halloween traveling far and wide to fortify their supplies. As one devotee puts it: “Around this time of year, there’s pumpkin pie, squash and Franken Berry.”
Yes, today is Friday. But for Texans, it’s also a major holiday: Chicken Fried Steak Day. The Lubbock Avalanche Journal says the state legislature passed House Resolution 1419 last year, making it official. The paper says there are many theories about how the down-home classic came to be, the most popular involve cowboys and a “Teutonic chef who wanted to make Wiener schnitzel, but had no veal.” Either way, the official word is that you should always eat your chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and okra, and finish it off with a scoop of peach cobbler.
Looking for an alternative to tai chi? How ‘bout line dancing? The LA Times says the country western pastime has become very popular with Asian Americans these days—especially women of Chinese descent who are looking for something to spice up their early morning exercise routine. The steps are the same but the outfits (cloth slippers, not cowboy boots) and music (Lady Gaga instead of Toby Keith) are unique. The general feeling seems to be: Tai chi is for old people; line dancing makes you feel young.
Michelle Obama stopped by to chat with Jimmy Kimmel during a trip to Los Angeles yesterday. She talked about Halloween plans, parenting challenges and the president’s advice to his daughters before giving his speech at the DNC: “Just look like you’re listening to me.” VIDEO
Funny picture of President Obama on the front page of the Champaign News-Gazette this morning. The president got some giggles after poking fun at the way the election workers scrutinized his drivers license as he prepared to cast his early ballot during a trip home to Chicago. Illinois law requires anyone voting early to present a photo ID.
Stu Gonzales has accomplished an impressive feat: he’s visited every White Castle in the US…and lived to tell about it. The Nebraska man was inspired to embark on his fast food odyssey because of a desire to enter the chain’s Slider Hall of Fame. So he visited all 420 US locations, traveling 10,000 miles in all. How much weight did Gonzales gain? Surprisingly, none. He told the Omaha World-Herald he actually lost 35 pounds.
If you’ve never been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, 2013 might be the year to go. The Times-Picayune says the Krewe of Endymion is in the process of building the world’s largest Mardi Gras float ever. Projected to cost $1.2 million, the float will be 330 feet long and designed to carry 230 people. It’s named after an old New Orleans amusement park, Pontchartrain Beach, that closed in 1983. VIDEO
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