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Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 22 January 2010 11:32 AM
The New York Daily News says there might be a good reason for the Jets postseason success: a pizza stain on head coach Rex Ryan’s shirt. There’s a fun of examination of the players’ many superstitions as they gear up for the final road to the Super Bowl. And just in case it’s not the pizza grease, Ryan says his hair will remain uncut for another three weeks.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 22 January 2010 11:18 AM
How many times have you pulled back the couch and thrown your hands in disgust at all the cords heaped in a jumble? Well, the San Francisco Chronicle says electronic companies are putting their energy into making your living room wireless. But don’t hold your breath. The paper says because the hardware behind such technology is still very expensive, you won’t see it on the market for another year or so.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 22 January 2010 10:30 AM
He’s hoping the rain won’t be just purple, it’ll be gold as well. The Star Tribune reports this morning that Prince has penned a new song for the Minnesota Vikings. The singer told the paper he was inspired to write a song for his hometown team’s playoff bid during last week’s game against the Cowboys. Listen to the Song
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 22 January 2010 10:17 AM
Should the National Enquirer win a Pulitzer for its coverage of the John Edwards love child story? Its editor thinks so. And Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post says there is no doubt that the tabloid scooped everyone else. But Kurtz says their reliance on “checkbook journalism,” or paying for information, probably takes them out of the running.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 22 January 2010 10:06 AM
Burger King is about to make dreams come true. USA Today reports this morning that the fast food chain is opening its first Whopper Bar in South Beach, where, for the first time, you can get a beer with your burger. The cost of a Whopper combo meal, beer included? $7.99.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 22 January 2010 9:38 AM
Advice to all those having an affair: Keep your jilted lover away from Kinkos. I’m assuming the co-president of tech giant Oracle is in hot water. His longtime mistress papered Times Square with posters of the couple yesterday after she learned that he had reconciled with his wife reports the New York Post.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 22 January 2010 9:32 AM
Companies now have a free hand to spend what they want in support or in opposition of candidates running for public office. Republicans cheered the Supreme Court decision yesterday reports the Washington Post, which “swept aside decades of legislative restrictions on the role of corporations in political campaigns.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 22 January 2010 9:20 AM
There’s some great advice in the New York Times this morning about how to pack for family ski trips without leaving any essentials behind. One tip I like (though I’m not sure if a 5 year old is quite ready for this) is the idea of trying to make everyone responsible for their own gear and making sure they pack it separately.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 22 January 2010 9:02 AM
This January, they really are mad men. Expect to see a slew of ads that ignore the “Don?t Worry, Be Happy” model and opt for a “more confrontational attitude” says Stuart Elliott in his New York Times column this morning. Elliott says the down economy is to blame.
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 22 January 2010 8:53 AM
All the public fighting of 2009 seems to have finally taken it’s toll on late night. The brouhaha over Conan O’Brien’s future at NBC leads New York Times TV reporter Alessandra Stanley to conclude that “the clich? that comics are angry, bitter people deep down is true.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Friday, 22 January 2010 8:46 AM
There’s an interesting New York Times article about a program run by the NFL called the 88 Plan. It’s to help retired players who’ve developed dementia. The problem is that many are unaware of the program or already too sick to apply.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:37 PM
The Salt Lake Tribune has a profile of John Cooper, the man who will take the reins from Robert Redford as festival director at this year’s Sundance. Attendees may have more than just screenings to take in - Cooper says he is contemplating kicking off the festival with his signature cartwheel.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:28 PM
Pollution from Asia is the culprit behind increased levels of smog on the west coast says the Seattle Times. Researchers says that ozone is blowing over the Pacific Ocean and “raising background levels of a major ingredient of smog in the skies over Washington, Oregon and other Western states.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:22 PM
If one of your New Years resolutions was to incorporate more exercise into your life, the Boston Globe has ten tips for “yoga newbies” in this morning’s paper. Getting a spot in the back row and avoiding the urge to peek at your neighbors are two that caught my eye.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:17 PM
How do you help people that can’t stop using their phones behind the wheel? You guess it, build an app. The Boston Globe test drives a couple that use GPS technology to tell when you are on the move and restrict your ability to make and receive calls.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:08 PM
John Edwards has admitted he fathered a child out of wedlock reports the Raleigh News and Observer this morning. The announcement comes almost two years after the media began speculating that Edwards was the father of two-year-old Frances Quinn Hunter, the daughter of his former mistress.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 11:53 AM
If Wesley Snipes was right, that’s just another reason this could be the worst idea ever: The Journal-Constitution says a pro wrestling promoter announced his plans for an all-white basketball league, to be based in Atlanta, this week. The Augusta Chronicle, which broke the story on Tuesday, says the idea is to “emphasize ‘fundamental basketball’ instead of ‘street ball.’”
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 11:08 AM
This probably isn’t what you want to read as you settle into your chair for the day: The Chicago Tribune says sitting for long periods of time can result in a host of health problems, even if you exercise regularly. Experts suggest finding as many excuses to get up from your desk as possible.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:59 AM
Hulu is considering a move from “free to fee” reports the LA Times this morning. The video site may soon start charging users $4.99 a month to watch older episodes of its most popular shows. Hulu says they need about 20 TV series to make the plan viable.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:23 AM
A man and woman from New Hampshire were arrested on prostitution charges after the man called police to complain that while he had paid for sex, he hadn’t received any. The Union Leader suggests next time he call the Better Business Bureau.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:09 AM
The LA Times sat down for a “direct talk” with five prominent directors: James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, Lee Daniels and Jason Reitman. Among the topics debated were finding the right actor, dealing with the studios and how they avoid making movies “based on board games and sequels and franchises.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:03 AM
How smart is your dog? New research has shown that dogs can remember up to 150 words and count up to four or five, (in what language, I’m not sure) which prompted the Chicago Tribune to print a round-up of the seven smartest dogs. Number one? Border Collies.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 9:48 AM
The New York Post follows up with the daughter of newly elected Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown after he declared on national television that she was available to date. The 21-year-old Ayla told the Post she had more than 1,500 new friend requests on Facebook after her father’s gaffe. VIDEO
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 9:31 AM
It’s done. Conan O’Brien and NBC finally reached a deal to end his contract with the network early this morning. The Wall Street Journal says O’Brien will walk away with $32 million and his staff will receive $12 million in severance. The agreement is said to have also included a “nondisparagement clause” for both parties.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 9:14 AM
The New York Post has the first photos of Tiger Woods attending a sex clinic in Mississippi. The paper says Woods is getting the star treatment and it is angering his fellow addicts. Not only did he insist on $100,000 of renovations to his cottage, he hired a maid do the daily chores that other patients are required to complete.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 8:46 AM
Men are bad at buying jeans that truly fit says the New York Times this morning, except, that is, for Harrison Ford. To emulate his style, look for jeans that are “cut lean, dark blue, with no fussy extras and with a modest rise that even men of ordinary fitness might wear without embarrassment.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 8:38 AM
Nicholas Kristof takes to the opinion page of the New York Times this morning to talk about Haiti. He points out the reasons the country is so poor (foreign invaders, strangling debt, deforestation) and recommends that if investors join aid groups in thinking about ways to help Haiti, the country might have a fighting chance in the future.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 8:28 AM
I’ve complained before about the number of passwords living in the age of the Internet requires. In today’s New York Times there’s a sense of how people deal with remembering them all: they go for the easiest possible combination. Security experts got a hold of 32 million passwords after a hacker posted them online. The most common? 123456.
Written by Pats Papers | Thursday, 21 January 2010 2:22 AM
Yesterday in my blog post about the New York Times’ plan to charge for content I again suggested publishers come up with an “iTunes” of their own. But why re-invent iTunes when you could just use iTunes? The Wall Street Journal says Apple wants to become a print content middleman when it introduces its new tablet computer.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 20 January 2010 1:39 PM
We’ve passed January’s midway point but we still have lots of cold weather on the horizon. The San Jose Mercury News suggests having an indoor tiki party to beat the winter weather and says there’s only one rule to remember: “the more kitschy, the better.”
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