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  • Journos kicked out of Concerned Student 1950 town hall at Mizzou, threatened with arrest

    Journalists covering student activism on the campus of the University of Missouri still face a hostile environment. According to Higher Education news site The College Fix, one of their student videographers had the cops called on him after he refused to leave a Wednesday evening town hall meeting organized by Concerned Student 1950. The “Concerned Town Hall” was advertised on campus as a meeting for “black students and students of color” and many white journalists were asked to leave before it began at a chapel located on campus. “If there are any reporters in here, can you please exit? That was my nice warning,” a student organizer announced. In a video taken by Mark Schierbecker, a student at the school and freelance videographer who contributes to The College Fix, a white male reporter from a local newspaper, the Columbia Tribune, politely questioned the student’s request. “We will definitely respect your privacy,” the reporter can be seen saying …

    February 12, 2016 5:00 pm


  • Grayson Will Be Glad When Reid is ‘Gone From Washington’

    By Eli Yokley Posted at 3:22 p.m. today 0 Tweet Grayson, D-Fla., is seeking the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Marco Rubio. He’s in the spotlight for running a hedge fund while serving in Congress.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)     Rep. Alan Grayson on Friday shrugged off a suggestion by the Senate’s top Democrat that he immediately drop out of the Florida Senate race after a published report detailed his work leading a hedge fund while serving in Congress. “Thank goodness that he will be gone from Washington, D.C., when I am sworn into the Senate,” Grayson said of Minority Leader Harry Reid, who he accused in a statement of using a “false and misleading hyped story” to try to pressure him out of the campaign to replace Republican Marco Rubio. “I resent the attack on my morality, and I question the morality and judgment of any elected official, much less …

    February 12, 2016 5:00 pm


  • Intel is changing how we watch sports forever

    Intel’s freeD and Curie technologies are changing how we watch sports. Did he score or not? Was she in or out of bounds? Despite multiple cameras covering major events, we still miss a lot of stuff when watching sports. We’re still not sure if the player was down before he fumbled. We missed the awesome pass, because the big guy was blocking our view of it. Intel is helping to change our view of sports with the introduction of two new technologies: Curie and freeD. If you were watching Super Bowl 50 earlier this month, then you’ve seen freeD in action. When the offense scored a touchdown (all two of them!) CBS showed a 360-degree shot of the play, letting you see the TD from virtually any angle. FreeD will also be on display during Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. TNT, owned by CNNMoney parent company Turner, will place 28 cameras around the Air Canada Centre …

    February 12, 2016 5:40 pm


  • Remember my good moments

    Suarez won five of the first six trophies available with Barcelona Barcelona and former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez wants to be known for his football rather than his controversies. The 29-year-old has won the Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey with Barcelona since joining them in 2014. But prior to the move he was suspended for four months for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. “I know they’ll remember the bad things I’ve done and I can’t change that but I want to be remembered for the good things,” he told the Daily Mail. Suarez joined Liverpool in January 2011 and had already been banned for biting whilst playing for Ajax. The Uruguayan won a host of individual honours during his three-year Anfield career, but also received a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and an eight-match suspension for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. However, in his first year …

    February 12, 2016 5:00 pm

World News

  • Student held over ‘anti-India slogans’

    Image copyright AFP Image caption Tuesday’s JNU protest sparked an angry counter-demonstration (pictured) from right-wing student group ABVP Indian police have arrested the student union president at a top university on sedition charges, following a protest over the hanging of a Kashmiri man. Kanhaiya Kumar from Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was arrested following a rally against the 2013 hanging of Mohammed Afzal Guru at which anti-India slogans were allegedly used. University teachers have criticised the arrest as “excessive police action”. Afzal Guru was convicted over a 2001 plot to attack India’s parliament. He had always denied plotting the attack, which was carried out by Kashmiri militants and left 14 dead. ‘Mother India’ Tuesday’s protest against Afzal Guru’s execution angered many of India’s politicians. Home Minister Rajnath Singh wrote on Twitter: “If anyone raises anti-India slogans and tries to raise questions on the nation’s unity and integrity, they will not be spared.” Meanwhile, Education Minister …

    February 12, 2016 5:01 pm


  • Apple reportedly making Dr Dre biopic – starring and executive-produced by Dre

    Apple’s new Apple Music streaming division did not have to look too far for the subject of its first TV project. According the Hollywood Reporter, it is none other than Dr Dre, the music and film producer who made hundreds of millions when the technology giant purchased Beats headphones and streaming service Dre, started with Jimmy Iovine. According to the film trade magazine, the six-part Dre biopic, titled Vital Signs, will be a dark semi-autobiographical drama starring and executive-produced by, yes, Dr Dre. The show is not expected to be, technically at least, a comedy. It features violence and sex and at least one orgy, and is being directed by music video director Paul Hunter, best known for helming hip-hop videos for Pharrell, Jennifer Lopez and Snoop Dogg. Robert Munic, a producer-writer behind Empire, is the writer of all six episodes. The technology giant is said to be planning to roll out all six episodes …

    February 12, 2016 5:20 pm


  • New imaging technique shows how DNA is protected at chromosomes’ ends

    A new imaging technique has allowed researchers at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Pittsburgh to see how DNA loops around a protein that aids in the formation of a special structure in telomeres. The work provides new insights into the structure of telomeres and how they are maintained. Telomeres are essentially caps on the ends of linear chromosomes, which are the structures inside our cells that contain DNA with our genetic information. In terms of function, telomeres are like the plastic coating (aglet) on the ends of shoelaces that prevents the laces from unraveling. In healthy cells, telomeres protect the chromosome by tucking away any overhanging ends of DNA strands to form a lasso-like structure known as a T-loop. Without telomeres, the cell’s DNA repair proteins would read the overhanging ends as a break to be mended and attempt to either bind chromosomes together …

    February 12, 2016 3:59 pm


  • Exercise programs may lower the risk of serious falls for older men

    (Reuters Health) – Older men who do moderate exercise several times per week may experience fewer injuries and hospitalizations from falls, a new study suggests. For men and women combined, the exercise program did not significantly reduce fall injuries, but in men it was associated with reduced risks of serious fall injuries, broken bones. “We also found that men had greater improvements than women in their gait, balance and muscle strength, in response to the physical activity program,” said lead author Dr. Thomas Gill, a professor of geriatric medicine at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. Each year, nearly a third of older people living in a community setting suffer a fall, with 20 to 30 percent of these falls resulting in moderate to severe injuries, the researchers write in The BMJ. “Serious fall injuries are one of the most dreaded and devastating conditions experienced by older persons,” Gill told Reuters Health by …

    February 12, 2016 4:40 pm


  • Major Budget Crisis Could Harshly Affect LSU Football Program

    As reported by ESPN, a major budget crisis in the state of Louisiana could have drastic effects on the state’s collegiate athletic programs, including LSU football. On Thursday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards stated in a statewide televised address that campuses could run out of money and be forced to shut down in April, highlighting the LSU football team as one of the many programs that could be lost as a result of massive budget cuts to the state’s higher education funding. In a statement to The Times-Picayune, Gov. Bel Edwards said: “If you are a student attending one of these universities, it means that you will receive a grade of incomplete, many students will not be able to graduate, and student-athletes across the state at those schools will be ineligible to play next semester. That means you can say farewell to college football next fall.” Along with LSU, other public universities in the state such as UL-Monroe, …

    February 12, 2016 2:59 pm


  • Five easy ways to ruin your marriage

    At some point in my mid-thirties, it started happening to young couples around me. Their relationships began fracturing and falling apart, and it wasn’t always the people you would expect.  These were good folks with good intentions who said every word of their marital vows with conviction. But various circumstances and choices began pressing upon them, and eventually, I saw them go through extreme stress, separation, and sometimes, divorce.  I don’t think there’s a magic formula for ruining your marriage, but based on my observations over the last few years, there are a few easy ways to turbocharge its demise. Here are five of them: 1. Intimate, opposite-sex friendships. We recognize the danger of getting into a physical relationship with someone else, but we often forget that it’s just as dangerous for us to become emotionally close with someone of the opposite sex. It usually starts innocently enough — a friend at work asks you for advice, treats …

    February 12, 2016 3:19 pm

Odd News

  • Indian scientists express doubt over meteorite death attribution

    NEW DELHI Indian scientists have expressed doubt that a man in Tamil Nadu was the first person to have been confirmed killed by a meteorite strike, as the state’s top official has declared. The experts said the small crater, the absence of a sonic boom before impact, a lack of debris and the green and blue colour of rock recovered from the scene suggest some other cause. “It is highly improbable, but we will only be absolutely sure after a chemical analysis,” said V. Adimurthy, a senior scientist at India’s space agency. The mysterious event has triggered an international debate about whether a meteorite, space debris, leftover explosives or even frozen waste from a plane passing overhead may have killed the man. The meteorite attribution was announced this week by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who is known for her authoritarian style. A bus driver was killed by the meteorite at an engineering …

    February 10, 2016 8:04 am