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Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 14 January 2010 9:50 AM
Meet Mikey. The New York Times says the 8-year-old boy is on the TSA’s terrorist watch list. I guess he’s not really but he shares a name with somebody who is. That means every time he flies with his family is an ordeal - he was first patted down by airport security when he was two.
Written by Pat's Papers | Thursday, 14 January 2010 9:13 AM
The destruction unfolding in Haiti is the top story in most newspapers this morning. The Miami Herald says corpses filled the streets of Port-au-Prince yesterday as rescue workers frantically searched through the rubble for survivors. Experts worry the death toll could reach as high as 500,000 reports the New York Post. Corky Siemaszko of the New York Daily News describes the earthquake’s aftermath in the capital city, writing that “Port-au-Prince was Warsaw or Dresden circa 1945 - a ruined hulk that bore the barest resemblance to what it once was.”
Written by Pats Papers | Thursday, 14 January 2010 7:36 AM
A hybrid online shopping idea is catching on in France. The Chronodrive supermarket takes orders online, but replaces delivery with a drive-by pickup window. The Wall Street Journal reports French buyers shop more frequently than Americans, and delivery fees had been scaring away potential online shoppers.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 1:51 PM
If all your friends were saving energy would you? The Star Tribune says an local energy company is sending its customers information about how their usage stacks up compared to their neighbors. The company says the strategy is to use social pressure to curb energy consumption.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 1:41 PM
“Avatar” is more than just the season’s big Blockbuster writes the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: It is the country’s biggest eye screening. Doctor say if donning a pair of 3-D glasses gives you a headache, there’s a good chance you have a problem perceiving depth.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 1:30 PM
Have you ever finished a bar of complimentary hotel soap? When you think about it, most of that soap goes directly down the drain. The St. Petersburg Times profiles a man in today’s paper who has started a non-profit to collect the little-used bars and distribute them around the world in order to curb diseases easily prevented by hand washing.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 1:15 PM
Lots of papers are updating their coverage on the devastating earthquake in Haiti with ways you can help. The New York Daily News says Wyclef Jean is urging people to text “Yele” to the number “501501” and make a $5 dollar donation. The State Department says by simply texting “Haiti” to the number “90999,” a $10 donation will be added to your cell phone bill.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 12:47 PM
There’s some embarrassing news about Zero, the Milwaukee County Zoo’s resident polar bear, in today’s Journal Sentinel: he’s bad in bed. By failing to impregnate the zoo’s female polar bear, Zero has “so literally lived up to his name sexually” that “he’ll be making the walk of shame to a different zoo.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 12:38 PM
Netflix and Nintendo have struck a deal that will allow you to order movies online and watch them on your Wii after downloading reports the San Francisco Chronicle this morning. The service will go live this spring and will make 17,000 movies instantly available to Wii owners.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 12:33 PM
Are you ready to feel old? USA Today says Ringo Starr is turning 70 this year. The former Beatle will spend it touring with his All-Starr band and promoting his new album, “Y Not.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 12:25 PM
A healthy Maria Sharapova will return to tennis at the Aussie Open next week. She has been off the circuit since September 2008 when she had surgery on her shoulder. USA Today says next week’s tournament is Sharapova’s chance to prove to her fans (and many corporate sponsors) that she’s still got it.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 12:18 PM
USA Today says most Americans support profiling at airport security check points. Almost three-fourths of those polled said they favored more intense screening for people who fit the “age, ethnicity and gender” profile of terrorists.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 12:10 PM
After going astray last year with an LA edition, “Project Runway” is reasserting its NYC focus this season. The New York Daily News says fans were not only dismayed by the coast switch but also by the decision to leave the “urbane campiness of the Bravo network for the frumpy suburbs of Lifetime.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 11:20 AM
There’s a great feature in the LA Times food section this morning about an unsung hero: the savory pie, which writer Sarah Karnasiewicz says is the “culinary equivalent of a down quilt.” Karnasiewicz writes that after you’ve mastered a simple crust recipe, the possibilities for re-purposing leftovers are endless.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 11:14 AM
Megan Fox is making lots of headlines today because of her new ad campaign for Emporio Armani underwear. The Daily News says pictures from the campaign will be hoisted onto billboards in New York, Los Angeles, London, Milan, Rome, Paris and Tokyo. Photos
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 11:08 AM
Who skipped the second grade, names Stevie Wonder as her favorite singer and hates it when her husband wins at tennis? In honor of her 46th birthday, the New York Daily News has a whole list, 46 items long, of Michelle Obama trivia in this morning’s paper.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 11:02 AM
Some old friends are coming to a new format. The San Francisco Chronicle says Warner Brothers has signed up to produce a series of Sesame Street video games. The company says the project was inspired by the fact that “this is the first generation of parents who grew up as gamers.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 10:40 AM
Drug kingpin Teodoro Garcia Simental, who Mexican police say is “responsible for the majority of disappearances, kidnappings and executions in Tijuana,” reports the Houston Chronicle this morning.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 10:29 AM
Trouble has an official look. A new study has found a correlation between tattoos, body piercings and defiant behavior. But parents shouldn’t worry about “a lone dolphin or a belly-button ring” says the Chicago Tribune - the supposed propensity for trouble comes with four or more tattoos.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 10:22 AM
Here’s a trend that’s doesn’t really surprise me: The growth of kosher food purchases among non-Jews. The New York Times says the kosher standards are seen as desirable among many food buyers who aren’t Jewish.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 10:16 AM
You don’t need an expensive machine to make a good shot of espresso. The Boston Globe says if your beans are ground correctly, a cheap machine works just as well.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 9:48 AM
Shaken by a series of large-scale cyber attacks, Google has threatened to pull out of China reports the Wall Street Journal this morning. The company, which has an estimated 40 million Chinese users , announced that it will stop censoring its search engine in the country and is investigating whether the attacks have any connection to the Chinese government or intelligence community.
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 9:35 AM
The Conan O’Brien story continues this morning and the Washington Post wins my award for best headline: “It’s Better Never Than Late.” Conan’s public statement yesterday was remarkable considering he’s still on the air at NBC. Bill Carter of the New York Times compares it to Jack Paar walking off the Tonight Show in 1960. And the Times’ Maureen Dowd dedicates her column to NBC CEO Jeff Zucker, whom she refers to as the “Biggest Loser.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 8:55 AM
“American Idol” felt refreshingly familiar last night. Music critic Ann Powers writes in this morning’s LA Times that “despite all the turmoil behind the scenes, the two-hour premiere felt safely similar to years past.”
Written by Pat's Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 8:24 AM
The Miami Herald says Haiti is reeling from the after effects of a 7.0 earthquake that hit yesterday afternoon. There is no official word yet on the number of casualties but witnesses say the damage is widespread and devastating. The New York Times reports that several buildings in the capital city of Port-au-Prince have crumbled, including a hospital and the UN headquarters. A spokesperson for the agency said a large number of its employees are missing.
Written by Pats Papers | Wednesday, 13 January 2010 8:12 AM
If you’re a fan of Pandora, you’ll be glad to hear that the Internet radio service likely to stay around, because it’s turning a profit now. USA Today reports the customized music stream has been particularly popular with smartphone users, boosting the company to $40 million in revenue last year.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 12 January 2010 1:42 PM
The Star Tribune says a $1000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture of those responsible for gluing a cat to the side of a Minnesota highway. The seven-month-old kitten died five days after being found with his nose glued to the pavement.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 12 January 2010 1:32 PM
Arguing about who gets to hold the remote control may soon become a quaint memory. The New York Times says in the next few months electronics companies will start selling TVs that allow users to change the channel with a simple hand gesture.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 12 January 2010 1:14 PM
Sony has dropped director Sam Raimi and actors Tobey McGuire and Kirsten Dunst from its lucrative “Spider-Man” franchise reports the LA Times this morning. Disagreements about the budget for the next installment, due out in 2011, are said to be the reason behind the decision. The studio says it will replace Raimi and both actors and re-imagine the film as a prequel about Peter Parker’s teenage years.
Written by Pat's Papers | Tuesday, 12 January 2010 1:06 PM
The New York Post says Brad Pitt has a “weird beard.” There’s a great chronology of the actor’s facial hair, which the story says has deteriorated from “groomed to gross.”
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