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  • Yale University urges discussion on renaming college honoring John C. Calhoun

    Yale University’s leaders urged a campus conversation on Saturday about whether to change the name of a residential college named for the 19th century alumnus John C. Calhoun, a former vice president and senator from South Carolina who was a supporter of slavery. Debate over the name started in the summer with a petition circulated after nine black worshippers were killed in a Charleston, South Carolina church. The petition said the Calhoun name, in place since the 1930s, represents “an indifference to centuries of pain and suffering among the black population.” School President Peter Salovey and Dean Jonathan Holloway said in a letter to alumni that they weren’t taking a position on the question but urging a discussion in welcoming speeches to first-year students, and “we encourage you to take part as well.” “Any response should engage the entire community in a thoughtful, campus-wide conversation about the university’s history, the reasons why we remember or …

    August 30, 2015 1:55 am


  • Republican Christie proposes tracking immigrants like FedEx packages

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Saturday if he were elected president he would combat illegal immigration by creating a system to track foreign visitors the way FedEx tracks packages. Christie, who is well back in the pack seeking the Republican nomination for president, told a campaign event in the early voting state of New Hampshire that he would ask FedEx Chief Executive Officer Fred Smith to devise the tracking system. Immigration has become a top issue in the Republican campaign, with front-runner Donald Trump vowing to deport all of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants and to build a wall along the southern border. “At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane,” Christie told the crowd in Laconia, New Hampshire. “Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose …

    August 29, 2015 10:54 pm


  • Hurricane Katrina turned this guy into a seafood mogul

    Bo Cibilic, on his family’s boat. It’s a spring day on the Louisiana bayou, and Bozidar “Bo” Jakov Cibilic is hauling in a metal crate of oysters. Cibilic grew up on the water, and on a good day he brings in 15,000 pounds. Things haven’t always been this way. The industry took a beating after Hurricane Katrina, and while Cibilic’s boat survived, he had to put business on hold for six months because the oyster beds were damaged during the storm. During that time, he did odd jobs and some work for the state, which contracted fisherman to test the seabed for pollution. Still, Cibilic, 25, was lucky. His boat, which was built by his father 25 years ago, had been stored in a marina so it withstood the storm. Picture This: New Orleans About 40,000 commercial vessels were reported lost or damaged, which represented 75% of the state’s fishing vessels. Louisiana’s seafood industry took …

    August 30, 2015 12:54 am


  • San Jose beat Jacksonville 68-47 in ArenaBowl

    STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) Darren Arbet walked through a cloud of confetti at Stockton Arena and pointed with both hands toward 89-year-old mother Clinso in the stands. The San Jose coach couldn’t think of a better way to complete one of the most dominant seasons in Arena Football League history after the SaberCats’ 68-47 victory over the Jacksonville Sharks in the ArenaBowl on Saturday night. Arbet got to share San Jose’s fourth league championship in his hometown with family and friends and a sellout crowd of 9,115. The game was moved to Stockton because the SAP Center in San Jose was unavailable. ”I’ll never forget this moment,” said Arbet, who became the second coach in league history to win four ArenaBowls. ”It’s special. We won one in San Jose, one in Arizona, one in New Orleans. But for me personally, this is the neatest for me doing it in Stockton. It means everything to me, to …

    August 30, 2015 1:55 am

World News

  • UUP to withdraw from NI Executive

    The Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) has confirmed that it will leave Northern Ireland’s ruling Executive. Its ruling body voted unanimously in favour of a proposal by leader Mike Nesbitt for the party to pull out. He had made the recommendation after police said members of the Provisional IRA were involved in murdering ex-IRA man Kevin McGuigan Sr. Sinn Fein’s denial that the IRA existed made it “impossible to do business with them,” Mr Nesbitt said. Danny Kennedy, the UUP’s only executive minister, would tender his resignation on Tuesday, the party leader added. And he described the executive as a “busted flush”. Tipping Chief Constable George Hamilton said in the wake of Mr McGuigan Sr’s murder that an infrastructure still exists at a senior level of the Provisional IRA. But he added there was no evidence that the killing was sanctioned by that hierarchy. Sinn Féin said the Provisional IRA had “gone away” after ordering an …

    August 30, 2015 1:55 am


  • From relationships to revolutions: seven ways Facebook has changed the world

    On Monday, one in seven people on Earth used Facebook – 1 billion people, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg. In a decade, the social network has transformed people’s relationships, privacy, their businesses, the news media, helped topple regimes and even changed the meaning of everyday words. “A more open and connected world is a better world. It brings stronger relationships with those you love, a stronger economy with more opportunities, and a stronger society that reflects all of our values,” wrote Zuckerberg in the post announcing the numbers. These are just some of the ways his company changed everything – for better or worse. Facebook has changed the definition of “friend” “To friend” is now a verb. And unlike real life when the ending of a friendship can be deeply traumatic, it is easy to “de-friend”, a word invented to describe ditching a casual acquaintance when they are no longer enhancing your Facebook newsfeed. Although …

    August 29, 2015 11:14 pm


  • Promising target for new drugs found in pancreatic cancer cells

    Related images(click to enlarge) Pancreatic cancer is extremely deadly and often has a poor prognosis. Ranked as the fourth deadliest cancer in the U.S. and poised to move up within the next few years, pancreatic cancer is very difficult to detect in its early stages. Seldom diagnosed early and typically spreading rapidly, the disease has no effective treatment once it advances. University of Houston researchers are on a mission to develop drugs that will allow physicians to prolong patient survival and, possibly, even eradicate this deadliest of cancers. “Our research on the role of liver X receptors, or LXRs, in pancreatic cancer cells points to a promising target and strategy in the treatment of pancreatic cancer,” said cancer biologist Chin-Yo Lin, an assistant professor with the UH Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling (CNRCS). “We examined the levels of LXRs in patient tumor samples and studied the effects of candidate drug compounds targeting LXRs …

    August 30, 2015 2:15 am


  • Impulsive, Agitated Behaviors May Be Warning Signs for Suicide

    SATURDAY, Aug. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Risky behaviors such as reckless driving or sudden promiscuity, or nervous behaviors such as agitation, hand-wringing or pacing, can be signs that suicide risk may be high in depressed people, researchers report. Other warning signs may include doing things on impulse with little thought about the consequences. Depressed people with any of these symptoms are at least 50 percent more likely to attempt suicide, the new study found. “Assessing these symptoms in every depressed patient we see is extremely important, and has immense therapeutical implications,” study lead author Dr. Dina Popovic, of the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona, in Spain, said in a news release from the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP). The findings were scheduled for presentation Saturday at the ECNP’s annual meeting in Amsterdam. One expert in the United States concurred with the findings. “It has long been known that those patients with depression who also experience …

    August 30, 2015 2:35 am


  • Selena Gomez Works It In A Sexy Dress For A Night Out In Hollywood

    Posted on Sat Aug 29th, 2015 8:36am PDT       By X17 Staff Such a stunner! Too bad she didn’t run into the Biebs, because we have a feeling he would have been speechless — either that, or she would have ended up back at his place! Selena Gomez stopped by The Nice Guy in Hollywood on Friday night, and the 22-year-old singer/actress showed some skin in a sexy black and white cut-out dress. Of course, even if ex Justin Bieber was wowed by this outfit, it sounds like the two are back on rocky terms. What’s going on this time with Jelena? Apparently it’s all about his new song, “What Do You Mean.” An insider tells Celebrity Dirty Laundry, “Selena was really hoping that Justin would mention her [in the new track], or at least make it obvious the song was about her. That song could have been about any girl. She was banking on his song …

    August 29, 2015 9:54 pm


  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now

    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm