Monday, 07 January 2013 09:16
by The Associated Press
10 things to know today
1. OBAMA’S CONTROVERSIAL DEFENSE PICKS The president is nominating former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel defense secretary and counterterrorism John Brennan to head the CIA.
2. A ‘MINI-TRIAL’ FOR COLORADO THEATER SHOOTING SUSPECT As experts predict a plea deal, James Holmes’ weeklong preliminary hearing may be the closest thing to his trial over the rampage that killed 12 people.
3. LESS INTEREST IN GUN BUYS IN STATES WITH MASS SHOOTINGS An AP analysis finds requests for background checks late last year were among the lowest in Colorado and Connecticut.
4. CLINTON GOES BACK TO WORK The secretary of state is meeting with deputies Monday, more than a week after she was hospitalized with a blood clot.
5. GOOGLE VENTURES INTO NORTH KOREA Google CEO Eric Schmidt arrived Monday for a look at social media in the country with notoriously restrictive Internet policies.
6. HOW EUROPE’S UNIVERSITIES PREPARE STUDENTS Graduates say they feel untrained to even make professional calls in the workplace after leaving school.
7. WHO WON SPAIN’S $1.1 BILLION LOTTERY The annual “El Nino” jackpot was split among ticket holders in five regions, including Madrid.
8. 27-INCH TABLET TO DEBUT AT GADGET SHOW The IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC is the size of a coffee table and allows four people to use it simultaneously.
9. WHERE YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT HOW YOU LOOK AT THE GYM A new Dallas fitness club only allows members who are at least 50 pounds overweight and has no mirrors inside.
10. COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BIG TEST No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama will have to play nothing less than a classic to match the hype for Monday night’s national championship.
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DEC 4 This post on Philebrity, an arty Philadelphia blog, previews the lecture Bobby Jindal gave last night in the City of Brotherly Love. Sadly, not a lot of love headed Bobby's way in this post, which indicates a level of disdain for our Guv generally limited to residents of our lovely state.
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DEC 4 There's another story on state employee abuse of public credit cards in the news, and blogger CB Forgotston has the solution: get rid of them. We don't need them; it's more work without them to accomplish what you need to accomplish, but what's wrong with that, CB wants to know. The legislature needs to pass a law forbidding the things, he says.
DEC 4 Here's one of two recent posts on the Lens about spending at two charter school operations in New Orleans. This one is about training for less than 200 KIPP employees in Vegas -- which cost nearly $120,000. That's $120,000, with six figures. The other operation was the Friends of King schools, which sent the staff, including eight of nine board members, to a retreat at the beach. That cost $70,000. So far, the Lens is the only media covering this. One wonders if that would be the case if this level of spending had happened in a public school operation.
DEC 4 In the effort to lay blame for our disappearing coast, a board charged with protecting our coast voted to sue the US Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, this story on NOLA.com says. One suit will seek to force the corps to pay for damage caused by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet project, and the other will seek to force the corps to pay for a levee system in Algiers on the West Bank. Interesting.
DEC 4 Thanks to blogger Robert Mann's Facebook page, we know about this story in the Washington Blade, which says that the Louisiana National Guard has decided to process same-sex partner benefits. The story was posted Tuesday, following an interview with a guard chief by the Blade. That same day, the Advertiser ran this story, which said Louisiana is still a hold-out on same sex benefits. So which story is correct?
DEC 4 One Alabama fan shot another dead, this WWL story tells us, because she didn't feel the other fan was upset enough about Alabama's loss to Auburn. The women were at a party, and the dead lady, mom to three children, was joking with other party-goers about the loss, which didn't sit well with the shooter, the story says. Police think alcohol might have been a factor. Ya think?
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