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Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 29 January 2010 11:24 AM
The Wall Street Journal says app developers are running into some problems as they adapt their programs to run on Apple’s new iPad. A big sticking point is that the device can’t run two applications at once, which is proving to be a big problem for Internet radio giant Pandora.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 29 January 2010 11:16 AM
Talk about turning a lemon into lemonade. A Georgia man was looking for a gas leak in the used car he bought when he stumbled upon a surprise reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: $200,000 hidden in a secret compartment. After some investigation, the bills turned out to be counterfeit. But the man says he walked away with something much more valuable than money - a great story.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 29 January 2010 10:54 AM
The Senate decided yesterday to give Ben Bernanke another term as chairman of the Federal Reserve. But Bernanke’s battle has just begun says the Wall Street Journal. He now has to deal with the decisions he made during the financial crisis, a situation that one expert calls “the equivalent of financial brain surgery.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 29 January 2010 10:43 AM
Lady Gaga certainly captured her share of publicity today. She’s all over the Wall Street Journal as an example for the rest of the music industry about how to make truckloads of money. Industry insiders says she proves that a new type of record contract, called the 360 Deal, is the wave of the future.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 29 January 2010 10:19 AM
The New York Times reports that advances in genetic testing are bringing huge amounts of information to would-be parents. Although the tests haven’t been proven to be totally reliable yet, one genetic counselor says you can finally get the kind of detail she’s been wishing she could get for a long time.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 29 January 2010 10:10 AM
FedEx is planning a special delivery. The Washington Post says Tai Shan, a panda born at the National Zoo, will be flown to China on February 4th. The shipping company has outfitted a special plane for the trip, complete with fifty pounds of Tai Shan’s favorite food.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 29 January 2010 10:01 AM
There’s a great story in the Washington Post about a day in 1996 when J.D. Salinger emerged from seclusion. Actually, he just picked up the phone. But a publisher who had been trying to get a hold of Salinger for eight years says he got a call from the author out of the blue.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 29 January 2010 9:45 AM
Chicago Sun-Times pop critic Jim DeRogatis asks an interesting question in his column this morning ahead of this weekend’s Grammys: In a music scene where technology and fan preferences are king, “where does the oldest of old-school awards shows fit in?” The New York Times has an interesting perspective on the Grammy Awards. The premise of the story is that the TV exposure artists receive on the awards show may do more to sell their records than the award actually does.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 29 January 2010 9:30 AM
J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of one of this country’s defining works of fiction, died at his New Hampshire home yesterday reports the Boston Globe. He was 91. I noticed this morning that almost every paper ran an ancient picture next to his obituary. The exception was the UK’s Daily Mail, which says the only recent picture of him is one where he is “wearing a furious face as he fends off an intruding cameraman.” Salinger was a notorious hermit, recoiling from the spotlight as “Catcher in the Rye” went on to sell 60 million copies. The Union-Leader says even after his death, his neighbors continue to vigorously guard his privacy.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 29 January 2010 9:22 AM
Attention, Toyota: USA Today has the answer to your sticky gas pedal problem. And it’s something called the smart pedal. Basically it’s a “brake override system” that slows a car to idle when the brake and gas are depressed at the same time. The paper says the inexpensive technology has been standard in Europe for 15 years.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 29 January 2010 9:14 AM
Distracted drivers? Turns out it may not be as big a problem as experts feared. USA Today reports on a new study, which found that the number of traffic accidents did not decrease after a ban on talking while driving was implemented.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 29 January 2010 9:01 AM
The daughter of Scott Brown chose this week to release her CD. I wonder why. The New York Post says maybe that’s what the Massachusetts senator meant when he announced to the world that his daughter was “available.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 29 January 2010 8:47 AM
“It broke my heart.” That’s what Jay Leno had to say when he sat down to chat with Oprah yesterday about NBC’s decision to replace him with Conan O’Brien back in 2004. The New York Post says Leno avoided criticizing O’Brien directly during the interview but said of his part in the NBC fracas: “I always felt I doing the right thing.” VIDEO
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 1:14 PM
A Haitian teenager, who spent 15 days without food or water, was pulled out alive from under a pile of rubble yesterday. The Washington Post says the rescue was a “rare moment of joy” in Haiti as the country continues to struggle with the devastating aftermath of this month’s earthquake.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 1:07 PM
It’s the year of the Lab, again. The New York Daily News has the American Kennel Club’s annual list of the most popular dog breeds in this morning’s paper. Labrador retrievers kept their number one spot for the 19th year in a row.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 12:57 PM
The Indianapolis Star takes a look at the hidden calories in the beverages we reach for every day. The paper says eliminating one regular soda from your daily routine can take off about 15 pounds in a year.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 12:49 PM
The Star Tribune reports on a curious Valentine’s Day tradition: candle-lit dinners at White Castle. The chain recommends Sack Meal No. 3 (“10 sliders, two 21-ounce soft drinks and two regular French fries”) for couples celebrating the holiday.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 12:42 PM
This doesn’t seem like much of a surprise given the spate of scandals John Edwards has publicly admitted to recently, but the Raleigh News & Observer confirms what many have long suspected: the former senator and his wife Elizabeth are separated.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 12:36 PM
First we had the staycation. And now, the “nakation.” According to the American Association for Nude Recreation, traveling sans clothes is a good way to thumb your nose at the airline industry - all you’ll need to pack is a small carry-on. The Chicago Tribune says the group is looking for new members to vacation at its 250 clubs.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 12:25 PM
The New York Post introduces us to Matt Prager this morning. Otherwise known as the “Cyber Cyrano,” he writes dating profiles and sets up cheat sheets for people who want to explore the world of online dating but don’t have the time.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 12:17 PM
Some people just don’t know when to leave. Michelle Slatalla has a funny column in today’s New York Times about having guests over for dinner. She says if it weren’t for “late stayers,” she could probably convince her husband to have dinner parties every day of the week.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 12:09 PM
You may have noticed the ads at Taco Bell and elsewhere pushing fast food options that are diet friendly. But the excessive amount of sodium added to many convenience foods raises red flags for experts. A New York Times piece on the subject looks at whether eating fast food can really help you lose weight.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 12:02 PM
On the front page of the New York Times there’s an article about Toyota’s rapid growth. The paper examines whether that contributed to the fact that they’ve got so many cars affected by this gas pedal problem. In the Times’ business section, writer Nick Bunkley says other automakers are using Toyota’s massive recall as a reason to “pounce” on its customers.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 10:28 AM
He only has to work one day a year. But the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says that hasn’t stopped PETA from taking up Punxsutawney Phil as its newest cause c?l?bre. The animal rights organization wants to replace Phil with an “animatronic groundhog.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 10:14 AM
The Wall Street Journal says that in some circles, the all-denim look worn by Jessica Biel on the cover of the February issue of Vogue is referred to as a “Canadian tuxedo.” The fashion industry’s obsession with jeans this season prompts the Journal to ask: Is the all denim trend too much? Retailers say the material’s appeal is related to the economy.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 10:08 AM
A TSA airport worker has been put on desk duty after magazine editor Bucky Turco snapped this picture of her sleeping on the job writes the New York Daily News. The TSA says even if the employee was on a break, there are break rooms available.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 9:53 AM
Let’s start with the name: iPad. It makes me wonder if there are actually no women that work at Apple. Washington Post writer Monica Hesse wonders whether “boyfriends everywhere [will] refuse to purchase it unless they [can] simultaneously buy some really manly products, like shaving cream and batteries.” Despite the name, Troy Wilverton of the San Jose Mercury News says the new device is neat but he advises waiting for version 2.0 to drop.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 9:30 AM
The Washington Post says the tone of President Obama’s first State of the Union focused on one main objective: fixing the economy. Acknowledging a hard year of legislative battles, his hometown paper, the Chicago Tribune, noted the president’s move towards the center of the aisle. The LA Times, meanwhile, highlighted his pledge to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Gail Collins, writing on the opinion page of the New York Times, says if optimism was the hallmark of his first year, “crankiness” is shaping up to be the defining quality of year two.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 8:57 AM
We know about the pick up truck. Now what’s up with that brown jacket? The Boston Globe‘s Beth Teitell asks whether Scott Brown, the newly minted Massachusetts senator, and his ubiquitous coat are a natural pair or “did the campaign hire a stylist to find Brown a jacket that said ‘Joe the Plumber’?”
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 28 January 2010 8:45 AM
Kristen Stewart is the “belle of Sundance” says the LA Times this morning. But she managed to rankle reporters eager for an interview by making no secret of her “continuing hostility toward the celebrity limelight.” The “Twilight” actress has two films premiering at the festival and plays a teenage runaway in both.
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