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Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 8 May 2013 7:24 AM
The Wall Street Journal’s Katie Boehret takes a look at iTunes features you might not know about in today’s paper. The one that appeals to me is giving your kids a monthly digital allowance, ranging anywhere from $10 to $50. Boehret also tackles the difference between iCloud and iTunes Match, how to share a library with your friends or family, and how to give an iTunes gift without a giftcard.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 8 May 2013 7:06 AM
There’s a cool story in the New York Times about making trees that glow in the dark. A group of scientists and entrepreneurs have started the project in hopes that one day glowing trees and shrubs could replace electric street lamps. The project is garnering a lot of attention not only for its ambitious end goal, but also for the DIY way it’s being run—by hobbyist scientists around the country, instead of in an academic or corporate lab.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 8 May 2013 6:55 AM
Horrible details are emerging from the house where three young women, missing for 10 years, were rescued from their captors on Monday. According to USA Today, Cleveland police received multiple calls from concerned neighbors, who reported seeing “naked women on leashes crawling on all fours” in the backyard. There are also reports that the women were beaten severely and possibly kept locked up in chains.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 8:31 AM
The Wall Street Journal puts a surprising move by the SEC on its front page this morning. The regulator has charged the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with fraud for failing to fully disclose its financial troubles to bond investors. It is the first time the SEC has come down on a municipality and experts say Harrisburg could be the first in a long line.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 8:23 AM
The Sun Sentinel says Florida police have a arrested a man for “truck-en driving.” After witnessing a red Mitsubishi rip through a 35-mile zone going 57 mph cops began to trail to trail the car. But when the car finally stopped, officers couldn’t see anyone inside. When the car took off again, and then stopped once more, they were even more baffled to again find no one inside. After some recon, however, they noticed something moving and realized the 28-year-old driver had been hiding in the trunk each time cops tried to bust him.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 7:55 AM
The Obama administration is now formally pointing the finger at China. It had been presumed for several months that China’s military was behind cyber attacks on US government computer systems. Now the New York Times says the government has “explicitly” made the allegation. Officials believe China wanted to steal industrial technology but also wanted to get an idea about how US policy makers think.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 7:48 AM
Just because the technology exists doesn’t mean others have to like it. The New York Times has a story about the backlash against Google Glass. As one might expect, casinos in Las Vegas are not a fan. They say anyone wearing glasses with a built-in video recorder will not be welcome. And West Virginia legislators are trying to pass a law making it illegal for people to don the wearable computers while driving.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 7:37 AM
Three young women have been found alive in Cleveland almost 10 years after they disappeared, reports the Plain-Dealer this morning. The discovery came after one of the young women, Amanda Berry, managed to make a call to 911 and give police information about where she was being held. Police say they have taken three brothers, all in their 50s, into custody.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 7:23 AM
You, hear me! Give this fire to that old man. Pull the black worm off the bark and give it to the mother. And no spitting in the ashes! It sounds odd, but according to linguists, if you said that phrase to hunter-gatherers 15,000 years ago, they would understand you. The Washington Post says the words above have remain unchanged from a language that died out at the end of the Ice Age. The life span for most words is about 8,000-9,000 years.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 7:16 AM
The Internet sales tax bill passed its Senate vote yesterday and will now move on to the House for approval. USA Today says major retailers and brick-and-mortar stores would be the big winners if the bill is ultimately successful. Online retailers say it’s too much of a hassle to compute sales tax state-by-state and say they would have to hire additional employees to deal with the policy change. eBay has been the legislation’s loudest opponent, arguing that it unfairly targets small business owners.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 6:49 AM
After a 17-year hiatus, cicadas are planning their return en masse this summer, and it what a loud return it will be says the Staten Island Advance. In some places on the East Coast, entomologists predict that cicadas will outnumber humans, 600 to 1. But have no fear, these swarms of bugs aren’t looking to suck your blood—they only have one thing in mind: sex. After they successfully mate, they will die and their offspring will return underground for another 17 years.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 6 May 2013 8:29 AM
Wall Street Journal sports writer Jason Gay wonders what happened to the off season in this morning’s paper. Instead of vanishing for a few months after their loss on Saturday, the Brooklyn Nets are already back on the sports pages with the firing of coach PJ Carlesimo. And then the draft is scheduled for June 27. Says Gay: “Sports are no longer hobbies. They’ve become graduate school.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 6 May 2013 8:22 AM
That’s five-year-old Health Bryant learning how to shoot a gun on the front page of the Houston Chronicle this morning. The NRA held a huge meeting this weekend in Houston, encouraging folks to buy memberships for their kids and capping off the festivities with a “youth safety day” and Ted Nugent. The gun-rights activist told the crowd of about 70,000 that without guns “there would be no America, no Texas.” The message seemed to resonate—NRA membership hit 5 million during the three-day event, an increase driven by outrage says USA Today.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 6 May 2013 7:55 AM
The Daily Mail has VIDEO of a fan rushing on stage at Justin Bieber’s recent concert in Dubai and tackling the teen heartthrob. Bieber was able to free himself and rushed offstage but not before the crazed fan uprooted a piano and pushed it over. The Biebs was apparently shaken but returned to the stage after a few minutes to finish his set.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 6 May 2013 7:43 AM
Burned by the switch in iPhone connectors, accessory makes are moving away from building products that are tailor-made to Apple products. The New York Times says the switch to wireless docking will have a dramatic effect on royalties the company receives from accessory makers, and it may also encourage consumers to make the switch to other brands.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 6 May 2013 7:10 AM
The Wall Street Journal says it’s a “buyer’s market” for college students. Colleges aren’t actually cutting their sticker price, but the amount of aid being offered is rising, which is effectively discounting tuition. It’s an attempt by schools to keep their enrollments up as tuition prices have skyrocketed over the last few years. On average, the “tuition discount rate,” which measures the savings available through scholarships and grants, hit a high of 45 percent.
Written by Pat's Papers | Monday, 6 May 2013 7:01 AM
3-D printers are poised to change the way we manufacture everything—including guns, says the New York Post. A libertarian group claims that they recently “printed” a fully-functional plastic gun, one that would elude metal detectors. The Texas-based group says they plan to publish the blueprint to their “print-and-shoot” model on the Internet, available for download by anyone who wants it.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 3 May 2013 8:52 AM
The New York Post did a nice job with its photos of the final piece of One World Trade Center being lifted into place. The headline on page one is “Back on Top.” Apparently there’s still some debate whether the top of the building is a spire or an antenna ...which has a different meaning on where the Freedom Tower ranks on the list of tallest buildings. MORE PHOTOS
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 3 May 2013 8:24 AM
Iron Man 3 debuts in US and Canada today after doing huge business overseas. The LA Times says the film grossed nearly $200 million in its overseas premiere, far more than “The Avengers” did last May. The question now is whether the sequel will perform as the well as “The Avengers” did domestically. The playing field is pretty wide open—no other films are opening this weekend in wide release—and of course, I have a cameo, which should bring in a few million.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 3 May 2013 8:02 AM
It’s a refrain every child has heard countless times: What do you want me to do with all your old stuff in the basement? For years, Kobe Bryant was content to let all his old stuff—jerseys, trophies—sit around in his mother’s house. Until, says the Philadelphia Inquirer, she tried to put it up for auction. That’s when the Laker sent a cease-and-desist letter to the auction house. The auction house then filed a lawsuit, which seeks to figure out who actually owns the merchandise. The Inquirer notes that the suit, filed 10 days before Mother’s Day, doesn’t indicate how Kobe and his mom are getting along.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 3 May 2013 7:49 AM
Warren Bufffett has sent his first tweet. The message was concise: “Warren is in the house.” But it rocketed around the Twitter universe, says the Omaha World-Herald. The paper says Buffett attracted followers at about 10 per second and was up to 150,000 in less than four hours. Maybe that’s because he joked that he’d send out his favorite stock, but only to his followers. SEE THE WHOLE INTERVIEW
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 3 May 2013 7:43 AM
There’s an incredible picture on the front page of the Kansas City Star this morning. That’s a Royals player throwing a snowball, instead of a fastball, after the team’s game against Tampa Bay was canceled…because of snow. So was the city’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The Star says the last time the city got an measurable amount of snow in May it was 1907. All over the midwest, weather in the mid-80s earlier this week has given way to snowy forecasts.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 3 May 2013 7:23 AM
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, security is going to be extra tight at the Kentucky Derby this weekend. To get you prepared, the Louisville Courier-Journal puts together a list of dos and don’ts to keep in mind. There’s also a helpful (and funny) video version. Things to leave at home include: coolers, grills, camcorders and booze. Jeffrey Lee Puckett explains the many tried and true—and clever—methods for getting booze into Churchills Downs, all of which are verboten. SEE THE VIDEO
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 2 May 2013 8:11 AM
Going to prom is the easy part, says the New York Times. Asking someone is where it gets complicated. Kids these days aren’t satisfied with a simple check-yes-or-no notes passed during study hall. They want grand gestures—“promposals”—like designing custom Chinese fortune cookies or sky-written messages. The Times says it’s an outcrop of watching such antics on reality shows like the “Bachelor.” Let’s just hope this kids start dating some else by the time it’s time to actually propose or this could get tricky.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 2 May 2013 7:57 AM
A 5-year-old Kentucky boy shot and killed his 2-year-old sister yesterday using a “special, child-sized rifle” he had received for his birthday. The Louisville Courier-Journal says the .22-caliber weapon is marketed as “My First Rifle” and comes in blue and pink. The company that sells the rifle, Keystone Sporting Arms LLC, has a section on its website called the “kid’s corner,” which is dedicated to testimonials from parents.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 2 May 2013 7:44 AM
A grisly discovery on the front page of the Washington Post this morning. Researchers say they’ve uncovered evidence that the early settlers of Jamestown resorted to cannibalism in order to survive. Historians have long believed a long winter forced the settlers to turn on each other but recent archeological digs turned up the cleaved skull of a 14-year-old girl mixed in with bones from a horse, dogs and squirrels — examples of the “extreme food sources the colonists turned to that winter.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 2 May 2013 7:31 AM
A historical mystery has been solved, says the Arizona Republic. For decades, historians have wondered what color the train was that took Abraham Lincoln home to Illinois after his assassination. There were no color photos of the funeral procession, eyewitness accounts varied, and the actual train car had been destroyed in a fire. Then researchers tracked down a man who possessed a wooden window from the original train. After some cajoling they were able to scrape the frame, and find their answer: the train was maroon.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 2 May 2013 7:12 AM
Photographers caught workers at One World Trade Center unloading a piece of history yesterday, says the New York Daily News. The steel spire that will atop the structure arrived at the construction site yesterday. Once in place it will put the building’s height at 1776 feet, making it one of the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. The spire will be used as a broadcast antenna, replacing the one that was destroyed during the September 11 attacks.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 2 May 2013 6:54 AM
In this morning’s Wall Street Journal, Ralph Gardner Jr. says the act of watching a Zamboni circle the rink at Madison Square Garden “serves as metaphor for the perfectibility of the human species and the triumph of order over intergalactic chaos.” So when Gardner got the chance to inspect these great ice-smoothing machines in their natural habitat, he jumped at the chance. His description is, as usual, pretty priceless.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 1 May 2013 8:25 AM
An Illinois company has backed off its strategy of taking University of Illinois students to small claims court after the school paper noted that 124 students had been served with outrageous fines in the last six months, included 71 fines issued in a single day. The Chicago Tribune says dozens of students reported that they had received $100 fines for using inadvertently using the wrong bus ticket on the wrong day. In some cases the fines were as high as $500, a surcharge that was tacked on to the normal 50-cent student fare.
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