Pat’s Picks: Thursday, October 4
Written by Pat's Papers | UPDATED: Thursday, 4 October 2012 8:36 AM
The best headlines, the most interesting photography and conversation-starting articles from today’s newspapers.
If the Weather Channel has its way, Helen could become one of the most despised names in the country. The Chicago Tribune says the channel wants to name winter storms the same way meteorologists name tropical storms. The idea has gotten a cool reception in the weather community but apparently it’s still a go. That means you might start to hate the names “Athena,” “Brutus,” “Caesar,” and “Helen” when the snow starts piling up. Click through for the full list of proposed winter storm names.
Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to use a sting operation to wipe out theft by TSA employees reports the New York Post this morning. Schumer says it’s a rampant problem—381 agents have been fired since 2003 for swiping electronics out of baggage—and proposes hiring “absent-minded travelers who would fail to notice that their pricey toys had vanished after security checks.” Those toys would have GPS chips, which could be traced.
Interesting story in the Wall Street Journal this morning about a new trend to promote energy efficiency in Japan. Called Ampere Down, the movement advocates trading in modern breaker boxes for ones that can handle less energy. The idea is that people will become more aware of the power they use if a circuit breaker is tripped every time the vacuum cleaner is plugged in. The family profiled in the Journal has reduced their electric power usage to the level used by the average Japanese household in 1960.
Photos from last night’s presidential debate in Denver are on the front pages of almost every paper I looked at this morning. The San Francisco Chronicle did a nice job presenting their analysis, making a report card to grade candidates on several points. Romney got As for not making any major gaffes, and sounding presidential, while President Obama got high marks in only one category—for being nice to Mitt.
There’s a fight in Minnesota to unseal Lou Gehrig’s medical records, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune this morning. Legislators are pushing to make the records public, to see if the baseball great’s death had anything to do with the several “well-publicized concussions” he received during his career. The Mayo Clinic, which owns the records, has refused to release them for 71 years and is resisting this latest attempt as well.
What if web users could sell their own data? That’s the question in the New York Times this morning. The idea is that people don’t like their personal data being mined by advertisers but they might not mind it so much if they got something out of the transaction. A new startup has rolled out a voluntary download that will track your web movements and then allow you to limit the information you want advertisers to see. Profits from the data will be donated to a charity of your choice.
Tomatoes, green beans, corn, a bottle of moonshine. New Yorkers, this could be your farmers market list, says the Daily News. Yesterday Gov. Cuomo OKed the sale of homemade hooch at farmers markets and fairs around the state. The “mom-and-pop moonshiners” proliferated after a change to state law back in 2010, which created licenses for “farm distilleries.”
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