Pat’s Picks: Monday, June 11
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Monday, 11 June 2012 9:34 AM
The best headlines, the most interesting photography and conversation-starting articles from today’s newspapers.
A Florida politician with dreams of serving in Congress has gone where few have gone before in a bid for voters, says the Sun Sentinel. His campaign signs read simply VoteForEddie.Com. That’s because 31-year-old Eddie Gonzalez has legally changed his last name to dot com. He says his strategy is to make voters curious enough to vote him into office…Congressman.Com, anyone?
Law schools are trying a new strategy to make sure their graduates find jobs: they are handing out fewer degrees. Facing the reality that there may never be the levels of employment that have existed in the past, many schools have limited the size of their incoming classes, a move that the Wall Street Journal says is “unprecedented.”
About 30 percent of adults get six or less hours of sleep a day. And a new study says that’s bad for your heart. Researchers looked at Americans of normal weight to see whether the sleep deficit adversely affected those who had healthy eating habits and no other indications for stroke. It did. Turns out those of us who get six or less hours of sleep are four times more likely to have a stroke than those who get the recommended seven to nine.
Is revving your engine a constitutional right? A South Carolina county has asked a judge to weigh in on that question after trying to shut down a local biker bar’s regular “burnouts.” A burnout, for the uninitiated, is when you rev a motorcycle’s engine and let its back tire spin while the front brake is applied, which creates noise and smoke. The biker bar is fighting back, says The State, claiming burnouts are protected under the 1st Ammendment as a way for bikers to “express their manliness and macho, as all males are prone and inclined to do to a greater or lesser degree.”
Lady Gaga was hit in the head during a show in New Zealand over the weekend, says the New York Daily News, after one of her back up dancers accidentally knocked her while moving a set piece. The singer staggered a bit and briefly left stage but returned and finished her show. VIDEO
“You don’t have to show your nipples to be interesting, and it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re cutting-edge if you do.” Madonna said that back in February, right before she performed at the Superbowl, It’s curious then, that the pop star decided to whip out her own breast while performing in Turkey over the weekend, a move the New York Post describes as “a pathetic attention grab by an artist with little current relevance.”
Be sure to watch your language when driving through Middleborough, Massachusetts. The town is considering a municipal law that would serve up a $20 fine for anyone who swears in public. The Wall Street Journal clarifies what constitutes a finable-offense: Uttering the f word after a Red Sox loss wouldn’t be a violation, for example, but hurling “profane language at some attractive female walking through town” would.
“Forget freakin’ Ariel.” A Minnesota author is hoping that her new young adult novel will do for mermaids what the “Twilight” series did for vampires, says the Pioneer Press. Anne Greenwood Brown says she wanted to write a book “that wasn’t the Disney myth about sweet mermaids who hang out with singing crabs.” Her novel, “Lies Beneath,” is set in the cold waters of Lake Superior where a merman lives with his three blood-thirsty mermaid sisters.
Bryan Peabody was looking out the window when he spotted a bobcat in his backyard. Minding her own business, the bobcat didn’t see an alligator emerge from the nearby lake. But Peabody did. He captured the very close call with his Nikon D300, a camera he told the Tampa Tribune he bought to take photos of his children.
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