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Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 20 May 2013 7:46 AM
Forget dogs. The Anchorage Daily News says a swarm of honeybees in Croatia has been trained to sniff out land mines. Bees have a “perfect” sense of smell and researchers are exploiting that skill by training them to detect the scent of TNT by mixing it with the smell of their food. Experts say that bees are ideal for sniffing out bombs because larger investigators like dogs and rats can trigger an explosion with their weight.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 20 May 2013 7:30 AM
Columnist Bill Keller takes to the New York Times editorial section this morning to outline the arguments for legalizing pot. He says one political path is the lottery model, where it’s sold as having a tax benefit for the greater good. By some estimates the sale of legalized marijuana is poised to be a $35 billion to $45 billion industry and advocates are trying to make sure it doesn’t become like big tobacco, instead looking to the wine industry for inspiration.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 20 May 2013 7:24 AM
No need to step on that critter next time it crawls into your kitchen. The Washington Post says bugs are actually a great source of nutrition. And not only that, eating them can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and livestock pollution. Beetles and caterpillars are the most commonly noshed, though small grasshoppers and water bugs have almost as much protein as lean beef does—with a fraction of the calories.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 20 May 2013 7:10 AM
What does “unlimited” vacation really mean? More companies are letting employees decide for themselves how much time they can take away, says the New York Post. The deal includes paid vacation time and sick leave; the idea is the employees should be able to decide how much time they can afford to not be at work. So don’t people abuse the policy? Quite the opposite, says the Post. Most employers must remind their employees to “take time off to recharge.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 17 May 2013 8:17 AM
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, race car legend Dick Trickle committed suicide at a North Carolina cemetery last night. He was 71. The man with the unforgettable name was a Wisconsin legend, an “old-school character,” and a mentor for young drivers. Trickle’s granddaughter was buried in the cemetery where his body was found. Friends say he had a hard time getting over her death in a 2001 car accident.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 17 May 2013 8:05 AM
I know two wrongs don’t make a right. But this guy is still kind of my hero. National Review theater critic Kevin Williamson destroyed the cell phone of a fellow patron of the arts. A woman kept texting during an off Broadway show. Williamson told her to stop. The ushers told her to stop. Finally in the second act he grabbed the phone from her hand and threw it at a wall. The New York Post says Williamson called his reaction one of “activism.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 17 May 2013 7:56 AM
If you’ve always admired the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, now is the time to act. The Wall Street Journal says there are 20 homes by the storied architect now on the market. And they don’t cost an arm and a leg—the one in Cincinnati is under $2 million. But owning an architectural landmark does come with its pitfalls, says the Journal, like Wright’s penchant for small kitchens and closets. He also rarely built homes with basements.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 17 May 2013 7:15 AM
After staying away from the spotlight for years, Steve Jobs’s widow has emerges as a philanthropist, says the New York Times. Laurene Powell Jobs is worth an estimated $11.5 billion, making her the ninth richest woman in the world. Friends say she has spent the last year in mourning, but is now ready to take on a more public role championing the causes she believes in—education has been a long-time passion and gun control is a newer one.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 17 May 2013 7:02 AM
I don’t know why anyone would want to, but if the desire to brush your teeth with frosting-flavored paste ever hits, Cupcake Toothpaste is the brand for you. USA Today says it’s easy to find birthday-cake flavored anything these days, from vodka to lip gloss to protein powder. Marketers say it’s not kids driving the trend, but rather nostalgic adults looking for their white cake-white icing fix.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 17 May 2013 6:47 AM
“End it Like Beckham” is the headline in the Daily Mail this morning. At 38, David Beckham is hanging up his boots…again. But he’s not likely to take up gardening just yet. The paper says Beckham is poised to cash in on his 21-year career by focusing on “Brand Beckham,” something marketing experts say will grow be worth more than $450 million over the next 20 years.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 16 May 2013 8:26 AM
Allergy sufferers will appreciate the New York Times today, which does a super helpful round up of some of the air purifiers on the market these days. While none of them offered total relief at the height of allergy season, several seemed to do a decent job. And one product, the CritterZone, also worked extremely well at eliminating household odors…though it does so by emitting ozone.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 16 May 2013 8:17 AM
Anyone who wants to name a place in this country must go in front of the Domestic Names Committee of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. But before you make your plea for Pat’s Place or Kiernan’s Corner know this: the federal government has a wacky aversion to the apostrophe. Apparently the policy dates back to President Benjamin Harrison, who ordered that about 250,000 apostrophes be erased from US maps.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 16 May 2013 8:10 AM
ABC has announced that “Dancing with the Stars” will be pared back to just one show per week to reduce “viewer fatigue.” In today’s paper, the New York Post speculates that Fox may do the same thing with its stalwart “Idol” and drop the standalone results show each week. According to insiders, Fox is more interested in stemming the tide of viewers leaving the show than returning it to the numbers of its “glory days.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 16 May 2013 8:01 AM
Duke’s storied basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski was paid $9.7 million in 2011. USA Today says that’s the greatest one year comp for a college coach since the paper began tracking these numbers in 2006. $1,978,401 of that is in base pay, while the rest was paid in bonus incentives and deferred compensation. Other coaches with big paychecks include Kentucky coach John Calipari ($5.4 million) Louisville’s Rick Pitino, and Kansas’ Bill Self (about $5 million each), though the paper says it’s tough to compare public and private school salaries.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 16 May 2013 7:44 AM
Google is coming for Facebook like never before, says the San Francisco Chronicle. At its developer conference yesterday, the search giant rolled out an impressive list of upgrades to Google +, things like self-editing photos, better messaging and automatic hashtags. One of the coolest features: the ability to use a computer algorithm to find your best pictures out of a big batch by scanning for things like whether people are smiling or whether the shot is blurry or in focus.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 16 May 2013 7:21 AM
Has the quest for speed turned the America’s Cup into a deathtrap? The San Jose Mercury News says technological advances have turned cloth sails into towering 13-foot carbon towers and instead of deck shoes sailors wear helmets, oxygen tanks and knives. The high-tech boats of today can reach 50 m.p.h., about 4 times faster than old sailing yachts, which some critics think is way too fast and dangerous.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 16 May 2013 7:13 AM
Women of New York City, there is something important the NYPD would like you to know: It’s totally legal to go topless. In 1992, a judge ruled that women have the right to take their shirts off in public, just like men. But even though the rule is an old one, there are always a few cops who didn’t get the memo. So this year, the department decided to be more clear. The Times says police were read a command informing them that going topless is not an arrest-able offense at ten consecutive roll calls.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 8:40 AM
The New York Times gives confidence to those who want to try frying chicken at home. Writer Julia Moskin says it doesn’t have to be messy or fattening. It’s much easier, she points out, than cooking a whole turkey dinner, something most of us do annually. First thing to do is invest in a cast-iron skillet. The next thing to think about is whether to brine or not. Opt for the latter, says Moskin and spend your time thinking about the most crucial part of fried chicken: the crust.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 8:11 AM
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the growth of slightly-flavored water for those who have sworn off soda but are bored with plain water. Now you can crack a seltzer with natural fruit juices, squeeze a “liquid water enhancer” into your plain glass of tap or buy a bottle that will squeeze a real lemon for you—and keep the seeds away. Though most of the these “flavored waters” are marketed as “natural,” almost all of them have artificial flavors added.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 8:03 AM
“Houston, we have a superstar,” says the Washington Post this morning. They’re talking about Commander Chris Hadfield, otherwise known as the coolest astronaut to ever hold the job. The Canadian has used social media to explain things like why you can’t cry in space, how one might wring out a washcloth in zero gravity and why eating while in orbit is like eating with a head cold. Along the way, he’s gathered over 920,000 Twitter followers.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 7:46 AM
Though his 55th birthday is rapidly approaching, his rhinestone-encrusted cane isn’t about age. The Minneapolis Star Tribune scored a rare interview with Prince, who talked about everything from aging (“I don’t have time for old people.”) to his new all-girl back-up band, 3rdEyeGirl (“It’s time for their legacy.”), to his new album, which is coming out later this year.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 7:34 AM
Watch your mouth next time you’re in Seattle. According to a new study, residents of Washington state use obscenities far less than their counterparts in other states. To crown the least foul-mouthed, researchers analyzed about 600,000 calls made by a mobile-advertising firm and recorded how many obscenities customers used. The Seattle Times says in the Evergreen State only one out of every 301 people dropped the f-bomb, 50 percent lower than the national average. Ohioans had the worst record, followed by folks in Maryland and New Jersey.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 7:03 AM
It’s been six months since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Jersey Coast leaving one of the Shore’s best-known attractions standing in middle of the ocean. That changed yesterday, when workers began dismantling the iconic Jet Star roller coaster, which has sat as a reminder of Sandy’s wrath. The Asbury Park Press says the demolition was a tough decision as the coaster’s new location “drew so much attention to the storm-ravaged borough, but needed to come out as a symbol of the recovery effort.” VIDEO
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 6:54 AM
Can Angelina Jolie affect the Supreme Court? Jolie wrote an op-ed in the New York Times yesterday about her decision to have a double mastectomy once she discovered she carried the BRCA1 gene, a mutation that greatly increases a women’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers. USA Today’s Richard Wolff says the Supreme Court is about to weigh in on whether the company that discovered the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes should be able to hold a patent for them. Critics complain that the monopoly makes testing for the genes prohibitively expensive for many women. Read the Op-Ed
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 8:21 AM
Here’s some of the chatter about “Crowd Rules” to get you pumped up:
• Pat talks to CNBC about his Top 5 Rules for Small Businesses.
• The New York Post gives “Crowd Rules” three stars.
• And the New York Daily News calls the show a “Crowd Pleaser.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 13 May 2013 8:33 AM
My new small business competition show premieres tomorrow night at 9 p.m. on CNBC. And the morning, the New York Post’s Linda Stasi gives “Crowd Rules” a three star review. She says it’s like “Shark Tank” but “more relatable to regular Joes.” She also divulges that all three competitors on tomorrow’s debut will be in the specialty food business but not who leaves with a check for $50,000.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 13 May 2013 8:23 AM
The New York Times’ Bill Carter had a busy Sunday—he breaks two big media stories in today’s paper. First up, Carter says Seth Meyers has officially gotten the nod from NBC for the 12:30 slot when Jimmy Fallon moves up. And then news that Barbara Walters has set a retirement date. She tells Carter it will be a year from now, and to will be a “decisive retirement.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 13 May 2013 7:54 AM
Anyone up for a Cicada Crunch Custard? Folks all over the east coast are bracing for a summer of cicada love, but are the noisy critters a nuisance or our next meal? The Washington Post says some are looking forward to the invasion with a frying pan on the ready. Apparently, when sautéed in butter, cicadas are “crunchy on the outside, but soft in the middle.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 13 May 2013 7:38 AM
Ted Turner can keep his bison. A Montana judge just ruled that an agreement the media mogul made with the state’s Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks is valid. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle says Turner, who has been caring for dozens Yellowstone Park bison on his private ranch, can keep 75 percent of the bison’s offspring. Wildlife advocates argue that it’s unfair for a private citizen to benefit from animals held in a public trust.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 13 May 2013 7:07 AM
Michael Wolff has an excellent column in USA Today this morning about the TV network “upfront” ad presentations that begin this week. That’s when advertisers are given a locked in rate if they commit to buying advertisement for the fall season now. But Wolff says the ad industry has yet to catch up to the choices consumers are making about video on demand—like the fact that there really isn’t a fall season any more.
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