Pat’s Picks: Thursday, October 18
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Thursday, 18 October 2012 8:28 AM
The best headlines, the most interesting photography and conversation-starting articles from today’s newspapers.
The Wall Street Journal looks at the best and worst cities for traveler taxes in this morning’s paper. Cities love these taxes because they are imposed on people who have no vote against the politicians who impose them. Chicago tops the worst list, taxing visitors $40 on a typical one-night visit (car + meal + hotel). Portland, Oregon tops the best list.
Interesting debate analysis in the New York Times—this time, from a linguistics professor instead of a pundit. After Tuesday’s talk-over-each-other debate, Deborah Tannen delves into what constitutes an interruption, and what is merely an interjection. She hypothesizes that both Martha Raddatz and Candy Crowley had an easier time interrupting the debaters than Jim Lehrer did because both President Obama and Romney “were mindful of the need to appeal to, and not offend, female viewers.”
It is the year of the shirtless man, says USA Today. Producers “promise” that The Price is Right’s first male model will go shirtless from time to time, which is all part of a naked-men-on-TV trend. Some industry insiders say can thank the recession-networks are more focused on attracting female viewers, who watch the lion’s share of programming and control a majority of household purchases.
Former counter terrorism advisor Richard Clarke writes a guest column in the New York Daily News this morning. He says it’s wrong that Mitt Romney is criticizing President Obama for not immediately knowing that it was a terrorist attack that killed the Ambassador to Libya. Clarke writes: “I dealt with scores of incidents and military operations over 30 years in the Pentagon, State Department and White House. I never saw a case where there was initial and accurate clarity about what happened.”
A report in the New York Post says that OJ Simpson is quietly trying to make an offshore deal to sell the knife that was used to kill his wife Nicole. The knife was never found—but a National Enquirer report says it’s in OJ’s control in the Bahamas. The Post’s headline? “OJ’s Slashing Prices.”
Give me liberty or give me dental floss! The Sun Sentinel says more inmates are suing the state for access to something non-prisoners take for granted: dental floss. Four men have now filed civil suits in Florida, demanding access to the staple of oral hygiene. But the sheriff isn’t budging. As he said told the Sentinel: “I don’t care if they file 400 suits, they’re not getting it, this isn’t the Ritz-Carlton.” He also offered up some advice for the incarcerated who are worried about their dental hygiene: “Don’t go to jail.”
Superman will stay super. Warner Bros. just won a crucial legal battle, says the LA Times, against the heirs of Superman co-creator Joseph Shuster, who were after a fifty-percent cut of the superhero. If successful, Warner Bros. would be unable to use specific details about Superman’s backstory—“including his super strength and speed, secret identity as Clark Kent and girlfriend Lois Lane”—in future projects. That just makes him Averageman, doesn’t it?
It wasn’t just Nike ... it was pretty much his entire list of sponsors. Lance Armstrong has seen most of his sponsors drop by the wayside, a week after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a 1,000-page report detailing his involvement in a doping scandal. The American-Statesman says he also stepped down as chairman of his Austin-based charity Livestrong yesterday. It’s bad timing for Armstrong, who has called the doping allegations a “witch hunt”—the charity’s annual Livestrong fundraiser, which includes an Armstrong-led bike ride with 3,700 riders, starts tomorrow.
Taylor Swift sits down with USA Today to talk about her string of songs aimed at ex-boyfriends. She says: “I can say I’d honestly rather be happy than have 30 to 40 songs that I’ve written about these thrilling, exciting, horrible, unhappy times. I know red flags, and I steer away from them, because I have a priority on being happy.” When it comes to her new beau, however, Swift isn’t divulging any details.
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