Catch Up: On The News

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Some interestng tid bits from the past week’s headlines. Take a look. As always click on the links and titles of stories to view the full versions.

Harvard to Aid Students High in Middle Class

Published: December 11, 2007

BOSTON, Dec. 10 — Harvard University announced on Monday that it would significantly increase the financial aid it offered to middle-class and upper-middle-class students, seeking to allay concerns that elite colleges are becoming too expensive for even relatively well-off families.

(NYTIMES)

Ike Turner, Musician and Songwriter in Duo With Tina Turner, Dies at 76

Published: December 13, 2007

Ike Turner, the R&B musician, songwriter, bandleader, producer, talent scout and ex-husband of Tina Turner, died on Wednesday at his home in San Marcos, Calif., a San Diego suburb. He was 76.

(NYTIMES)

A Chapter of ‘Jackass’ as Web Test (translation first movie to debut online)


Published: December 13, 2007

LOS ANGELES — Paramount Pictures is lurching onto the Web with its “Jackass” franchise,

with what it says will be the first studio-backed feature film to have its premiere online. And the studio hopes the result will

be considerably more pleasurable than the old MTV show’s trademark shot to the groin — perhaps by paving the way for more profit-making Web-only material.

On Dec. 19, the studio will make “Jackass 2.5” available in connection with Blockbuster’s Movielink service. The hour-plus film has original material and previously unseen

outtakes from the second “Jackass” movie in 2006. The new movie, made for less than $2 million, will stream for free but will have 15- or 30-second commercials before and after it plays.

At the same time, the studio’s fellow subsidiary of Viacom, MTV Networks, and the creators of the “Jackass” franchise are using the new film to attract traffic to jackassworld.com, now under construction.

The site is billed as an online community offering blogs, original video content and an archive of the 24 episodes of “Jackass,” which ran on MTV in 2000 and 2001, as well as its longer-running spinoff “Wildboyz.”

Report to Urge Sweeping Change for SUNY System

Published: December 15, 2007

Warning that New York has “slipped in stature” and that its once-powerful position in national research has “faded,” a commission set up by Gov. Eliot Spitzer is recommending that the state free its public colleges and universities to raise tuition without the Legislature’s approval and to charge different prices from campus to campus.

New York State’s public higher education institutions face a chronic problem — they have too little revenue and too little investment,” said the report.

Those changes, sure to face political resistance, are among many broad proposals to reshape the public university system that are outlined in a report to be delivered to the governor on Monday.

The 30-member commission is calling for the state to create its own low-cost student loan program, to clear up a $5 billion backlog in maintenance and construction at its public universities and to hire 2,000 new full-time professors — including 250 academic stars who could bring in research dollars and prestige.

Taxi TV, Brisk as the Traffic You’re Stuck In

Published: December 15, 2007

But is there anything on Taxi TV worth watching? Stay tuned.

It’s a question that seems all the more pressing during a holiday season when the city is overrun with tourists, traffic is clotted, and during a single car ride from Columbus Circle to Wall Street, a passenger can see many times over a promo for WABC-TV that shows the anchor Bill Ritter striding purposefully through a herd of whirling helicopters.

New York City is at the forefront of cab technology, but cab vision is still in its infancy. At the moment, it’s a dizzying display case for ads and vignettes culled from local newscasts. But passengers are by definition a captive, if captious, audience. It’s not too soon to examine whether cab vision will become home-away-from-home-entertainment, a traveling multimedia emporium that gives riders a broad choice of short programs, or an advertising autocracy where blaring promotional messages are flashed at viewers strapped down by seat belts like Alex undergoing aversion therapy in “A Clockwork Orange.”

(NYTIMES)

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Stephen Colbert: Presidential Candidate??

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Stephen Colbert from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report might be putting in a bid for pres. Wow this could be interesting. Here is a clip from the article I read.

UPDATE: Stephen Colbert May Run for President — South Carolina TV Invites Him to Kick Off Bid

By E&P Staff

Published: October 11, 2007 10:05 PM ET

NEW YORK Appearing on Larry King’s CNN show Thursday night, Stephen Colbert was accused by the host of using the publication of his new book as a platform to run for president. Colbert happily confirmed this, saying that he would likely seek the nomination from both parties.

When King said this was a “cop out,” Colbert, host of his own talk show, The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, said that it actually demonstrated true “courage” because “I could lose twice.”

But he would still consider a double campaign: “I’d let the people decide what party I belong in, Larry. I don’t dictate the people’s actions.”

He said he might run on a state by state basis, perhaps starting in his native state, South Carolina, as a “favorite son.”

Here is a clip of him on Bill O’Reilly:

ABC NEWS WEBCAST

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ABC has launched a webcast. It is supposed to be different than the regular news, with longer amount of time spent on certain stories etc. I watched it, it looks the same to me. But you can check it out for yourself its 15 mins.

click here to check it out

SOURCE: NYTIMES

Free Episodes of Heroes and More…

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Got notice of these in my inbox….check it out:

Fox tries new lure for iPod crowd

The network and Apple will offer premieres of seven shows for free.
By Meg James, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 21, 2007

Beginning this week, season premiere episodes of seven Fox Broadcasting programs will be made available for free through Apple’s iTunes store, a move that highlights the TV industry’s race to harness the Internet and try out potential business partners.

NBC to allow free downloading of its TV shows

From the Associated Press
September 20, 2007

NBC will start offering limited free downloads of shows such as “Heroes” and “The Office” as part of its bid to expand the digital distribution of its programs and compete with Apple Inc.’s iTunes Store, the network announced Wednesday.

How could this still happen? Jena 6

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A white only shade tree. A barbershop that only serves white customers. And six black students who were assaulted and only fought back facing 80 years of jail time in a town that is 85% white. What time period does this sound like? 1960? Nope. It happened just last year and the trial is still being carried out to this day.

Here is an exceprt from www.DemocracyNow.org :

Last December, six black students at Jena High School were arrested after a school fight in which a white student was beaten and suffered a concussion and multiple bruises. The six black students were charged with attempted second-degree murder and conspiracy. They face up to 100 years in prison without parole. The Jena Six, as they have come to be known, range in age from 15 to 17 years old.
Just over a week ago, an all-white jury took less than two days to convict 17 year-old Mychal Bell, the first of the Jena Six to go on trial. He was convicted of aggravated battery and conspiracy charges and now faces up to 22 years in prison.


Here is a video explaining some of the details and with photos:

To write a letter to Governor Blanco (the governor of Louisiana)about your concern visit www.colorofchange.org
Just click the link.

Too Little Too Late…

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EVERY SINGLE TIME something happens, authorities and officials miraculously discover all the signals and signs that could have prevented the disaster. Virgina Tech, 9/11 and the latest bridge collapse in Minneapolis. Apparently there are several reports of damages that needed repair and the bridge was “structurally deficient.” And now of course they are finding all these other bridges that are “defecient.” Why do people always wait until something happens, or better yet, until people die, before they realise there is a problem. People wake up, be aware of your surroundings, and if you see something that is wrong, SPEAK UP, REPORT IT, and FOLLOW THROUGH. DONT WAIT….

Excerpts from an article:
More than 70,000 bridges across the country are rated structurally deficient like the I-35W bridge, and engineers estimate repairing them all would take at least a generation and cost more than $188 billion.

Authorities cautioned not to read too much into the “structurally deficient” tag. The designation means some portions of the bridge needed to be scheduled for repair or replacement. It wasn’t a candidate for replacement until 2020.The collapsed bridge is one of 1,160 bridges in that category, which amounts to 8 percent of bridges in the state. Nationally, about 12 percent of bridges are labeled “structurally deficient.”

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