The percentage of Americans getting news from online and digital sources continues to grow, and that trend has been sustained in the last two years by an increase in the use of mobile devices.Pew Research Center
We are announcing this morning an important development at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Newsweek will transition to an all-digital format in early 2013. As part of this transition, the last print edition in the United States will be our Dec. 31 issue.
It's official: Newsweek Will Cease Print Publication at End of Year
The skyscraper was formerly known as the Freedom Tower.
A crane atop the building raised the beam to the 104th floor after dozens of people, including construction workers and police officers, added signatures.
Obama wrote in marker on the beam: "We remember." "We rebuild." and "We come back stronger!"
Way to go!
Gaddafi? Kadafi? Qaddafi?
What's the correct spelling?
Part of the problem here is that there's no universally accepted authority for transliterating Arabic names.
If a squadron of mad scientists surrounded by supercomputers gathered in a laboratory to try to conjure a single news topic that would blow up large, they could not touch the T.S.A. pat-down story.
Analysis on how and why the T.S.A. story blew up: A Media False Alarm Over the T.S.A.
A Country Burns
I wasn't aware of this, but half of Russia is on fire.
It's quite amazing that mainstream media in the west are failing to provide good stories with the Russia fire situation. Half of the country, most of its populated part, is on fire ... Authorities are proving next to useless - even a The Russian Navy's materiel base was reportedly seriously damaged, and as of yesterday there were reports of a fire approaching a nuclear research center in Sarov.
Americablog: The final hours of the Deepwater Horizon.
NPR's Morning Edition
After 30 years, Carl Kasell won't be broadcasting the early morning news anymore. Time to sleep in!
What constitutes torture?
Was the theme to "Sesame Street" really played to torture prisoners held at Guantanamo and other detention camps? What about "American Pie" or the Meow Mix jingle, or Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A."?
A high-profile coalition of artists are demanding the release of the names of all songs blasted at prisoners as coercion and punishment.
"The fact that music I helped create was used in crimes against humanity sickens me."
Tom Morello, Rage Against the Machine
Louisville, Colorado has been named number 3 in Money Magazine's Top 100 Places to Live. If you've ever been through that little community, you will be as surprised as I was by this news!
The "new" Newsweek
Beginning with this week's issue, Newsweek magazine has reinvented itself. I have been a subscriber for many years, and it will take some time to get adjusted to the new format and focus.(Also, the type font is too small for my aging eyes!)
"As we see it, Newsweek's role is to bring you as intellectually satisfying and as visually rich an experience as the great monthlies of old did...There will be two kinds of stories in the new Newsweek. The first is the reported narrative...the second is the argued essay..."
Jon Meacham, editor
The end of a piece of Colorado's history
The Rocky Mountain News, Denver's oldest paper at 150 years, will publish it's last edition tomorrow. Tough economic times and competition with the Denver Post brought the historic paper to an end after attempts to sell it failed.
No Surprise Here
Another sign of the bad economic times
Denver's oldest newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News, is for sale.
Cincinnati-based Scripps has owned the Rocky since 1926. The paper, founded in 1859, is Colorado’s oldest, as well as the state’s oldest continuously operated business. Since 2000, the Rocky has won four Pulitzer Prizes for journalistic excellence
Alex Blumberg and NPR's Adam Davidson - the two guys who reported our Giant Pool of Money episode - are back, in collaboration with the Planet Money podcast. They'll explain what happened this week, including what regulators could've done to prevent this financial crisis from happening in the first place.This American Life: Another Frightening Show About the Economy
It's Broomfield Days today. Instead of sitting on the curb watching the hometown parade pass, I will be volunteering at the Boulder Humane Society's Pet Cruiser, hoping to adopt out some dogs.
A new feature of Broomfield Days this year is "Bow Wow Broomfield" a large area in the park set aside for dog-related activities.
Brings back memories
The owner of the (Cheyenne) Wyoming Tribune Eagle and the Laramie Boomerang newspapers has died at the age of 76. Her name was Anne Wright McCraken.
In my student days at the University of Wyoming, the Boomerang seemed an amusing name for the local rag. There was nothing much in it of interest to me, but, in those pre-internet days, it was the only news available.
Progress, or not?
A piece of local Broomfield history is nearly gone. Barber's Poultry moved from their site on June 27, making way for a controversial WalMart Supercenter to be built. Barbers is moving to a new home somewhere in Denver, and their old blue building will be razed.
What does a cell phone smell like???
There are dogs trained to sniff out arson, to find drugs or even fruit. Now prison authorities are using cell phone sniffing dogs.
Check out a book and a bike
The public library at the city of Ft.Collins has had a run on their loaner bikes, and can't keep up with the demand.
I want one!
Honda's new hydrogen-powered car is coming to America. Production of the "FCX Clarity" began today in Japan. The first of these zero-emission cars are heading to southern California in July. The Clarity runs on hydrogen and electricity and emits only water. Honda says the car is two times more energy-efficient than a gas-electric hybrid.
Must be confusing when they start school...
For the past nine years, Emily and Jacob have topped the list of most popular baby names. In fact, Emily has been on top for the past twelve years!
Due to a large population increase Arizona has added a 7th digit to their license plates.
Day of Compassion and Rememberance
May 2nd is Holocaust Memorial Day.
A new legacy
Today is the 9th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School. The principal, Frank DeAngelis, hopes:
That eventually the word "Columbine" will not bring up memories of school shootings but instead, (thanks to the new memorial to the victims) will be a synonym for something different, something kind, gentle and peaceful.
Japan asks for design change in Croc shoes. Apparently the shoes catch easily in escalators, especially when worn by children.
A somber remembrance
A sad anniversary
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war. We are very close to a count of 4000 US troops killed as well.
Top 10 of Everything
Time Magazine's Top 10 Lists of 2007. There are 50 of them!
Notice how many COLD countries are listed? Strange.
BusinessWeek magazine has used statistics on wealth, natural beauty, size, education and health care to rate the world's happiest countries. The U.S. came in 23rd (poor health care) and England ranked 51st. Zimbabwe was last.
A new name at StorageTec
ConocoPhillips corporation will be taking over the old StorageTec/Sun Microsystems site near Broomfield. They will work on renewable energy developement there. This sounds like an economic boost for Colorado. Hope they really ARE working to be green.
Snoopy would be so proud!
Sir Edmund Hillary 1919-2008
I admire Hillary more for the work he did on behalf of the native people of Nepal than for all his outdoor adventures (though those were impressive, too).
The USS Mesa Verde will be commissioned today in Panama City, Florida. Former Colorado Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell will speak at the ceremony. It's homeport will be Norfolk, Virginia.
In addition to the obvious connection to Colorado, another bit of trivia is that I once lived in Panama City.
Read all about it
I try to post items in this space that have caught my attention in the daily news. Today seemed to be particularly rich. All these items were in today's news:
*Grandma was right! Honey soothes nighttime coughs.
*Fossilized dinosur SKIN found in North Dakota.
*Denver is named the 4th most walkable city in a recent survey.
*U.S. students lagging in Math and Science abilities. But check out Finland!
*AT&T will cut all pay phones next year.
NOW will he run for President?
Dress code for doctors?
First it was Crocs shoes being banned from hospitals because dangerous objects might fall through the holes in the shoes and harm the wearer. (Crocs is now making closed-toe shoes for medical personnel.) Now the U.K. is establishing a dress code for its doctors. No neckties (seldom cleaned, full of germs), long sleeves, jewelry, fake nails, or watches. All these items could harbor germs. The dress code will come into force next year and may include a new uniform that is made of antimicrobial fabric. Won't patients miss that traditional white doctor's coat?
Arvada-based PeaceJam has been nominated for the Nobel Prize by several of the original nobel winners. This is a great grassroots organization that matches youth with Nobel Peace laureates
Two burglars had door keys, pass codes and combinations to help them break the safes at an indoor amusement center, but they had to turn to G
And the winners are...
Here are the winners in the NEW Seven Wonders of the World contest. Four of the ones I voted for were chosen, so I guess I'm in syn
A sad day
Today marks the 8th anniversary of the Columbine school shootings. It's a sad irony that it is also the national day of mourning for the Virginia Tech shooting victims. We don't seem to
March 19, 2003--March 19, 2007
Today is the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. Here is a timeline of events from beginning to the present.
Sunday, December 10th is International Human Rights Day.
No news is good news?
Due to a "production problem" my Denver Post was not delivered today.Since I am a bit of a news junky, this leaves me feeling cranky. However, in compensation, the Post is offering Posted by Kerry to News
Denver Post (Oct 10): Alerts at 14 Colo. schools
At least 14 Colorado schools were interrupted by threats related to campus safety Thursday at a time when schools nationwide are on high al
Change Starts Here
I was able to attend the public "Global Call to Action" program of PeaceJam this afternoon. The auditorium was packed with both teens and a general audie
One person can really make a difference...
PeaceJam 10th Anniversary comes to Denver with a Global Call to Action.
NO NEED TO Register your cell phone
Going to Graceland
First Gas, Now Coffee
Coffee supply crisis on horizon for 2007. Growers predict a shortage of green coffee beans cause
Pulitzer Prize winner
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and the evacuation of the city by US forces. The Vietnamese are c
The USDA has decided that the old food pyramid of suggested foods is no longer correct. They have devised a new pyramid with 2005 Dietary Guidelines and have even personalized it. Go to My Food Pyrami
A “groaner” is a hackneyed, overblown, stuffy or just plain silly cliché that turns up time after time in news scripts. Groaners show laziness on the part of writers, d
On the globe that gave us birth;
Let us rest our eyes on friendly skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth.
— Robert A. Heinlein, The Gr
New Yorker Magazine asked actor/comedian Robin Williams about a court decision to remove "under God'' from the Pledge of Allegiance. He suggested just saying "one nation under Canada."
National Geographic is running an article on the search and recovery of the boat, including maps and photogr
This photo has started to make the Email rounds, but remember: you saw it here first!
You don't know my people. You don't know what we're capable of. You don't know what you just
Why is it I'm reading about this in an Australian news site?
Those tax checks the government is passing out? They aren't refunds, they're advances on next year's taxes.
If you are owed money next year, the ammount
Australia considers a bill that would keep people away from dead whales. Why? Because people are crawling on the whales to see great white sharks fe
I'm sure the news and papers will also be buzzing with announcements and analysis. Check out the Steve Ballmer q
Is anyone surprised?
A bizarre, sad story from Dallas. I only hope it will have a happy ending.
Two television stations have pulled a commercial for an aquarium in Newport, Ky., saying that the ad looks too much like a real news report about shark sightings in the Ohio River.
Pizza Hut has justfilmed the first commercial in the ISS when a Russian Cosmonaut ate the first pizza delivered in space. The ironic thing:
The Elian Gonzalez story gathered several awards for different newspapers.
The title says it all.
The BBC has some pictures and a report on the distruction of the buddha statues by the Taliban. Such senseless desctruction.
from Time Magazine: "Conservationist Rakhaldas Sengupta spent nine years restoring the world's tallest Buddha statues, now being des
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Seattle area today. 25 people were injured, and damage is estimated in the billions of dollars.