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  • The Latest: Faculty asks university’s president to resign

    The Latest on the turmoil at Mount St. Mary’s University after an uproar over the president’s plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail and offer them tuition refunds: 7:20 p.m. Faculty members of Mount St. Mary’s University have voted overwhelmingly to ask the school’s president to resign by Monday morning. They announced the 87-to-3 vote Friday evening despite President Simon Newman’s afternoon announcement that he was reinstating two faculty members he had fired amid an uproar over his plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail and offer them tuition refunds. The faculty members were fired and the school’s provost was demoted after a Board of Trustees investigation into the student newspaper’s report that Newman had likened struggling freshman to baby rabbits that should be killed. The letter to Newman says the negative public attention has interfered with their ability to continue in their work and to attract new students and teachers. ___ 5:30 …

    February 12, 2016 7:20 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


  • Women coders do better than men in gender-blind study

    Gender bias prevents female coders from being judged solely on their work. Their work might be great, but the fact that they’re women makes it less desirable. That’s according to a new study published this week that looks at how gender bias plays out in software development. A hot topic to be sure given that just 20% of software developers are women — and that tech firms have increasingly promised to do better when it comes to inclusion efforts. The study, conducted by a team of six computer science researchers, looks at 3 million suggested code contributions (called “pull requests”) on GitHub. GitHub is a popular open-source software platform used by 12 million developers to collaborate, critique, and ask questions about coding projects. “We hypothesized that pull requests made by women are less likely to be accepted than those made by men,” wrote the team of researchers which consisted of students and assistant professors at …

    February 12, 2016 7:40 pm


  • Tennis chiefs admit banned umpire error

    Last month, the BBC and Buzzfeed exposed evidence of widespread suspected match-fixing in tennis An umpire who was suspended as part of a betting investigation worked at last year’s US Open, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) confirmed. Croatia’s Denis Pitner was banned for a year in August after passing on details about a player’s fitness and accessing an account used to place bets. Pitner was approved by the US Open on 13 July and picked up his credential before the USTA was notified of a ban. The USTA responded on Friday, blaming “a flaw in our process”. After the Guardian newspaper revealed that Pitner had officiated while banned, a USTA statement said: “After learning within the last 24 hours that an official on the ‘Do Not Credential’ list may have worked at the 2015 US Open as a linesman, the USTA immediately investigated the claim. “The USTA was shocked to find that this was …

    February 12, 2016 7:21 pm

World News

  • The blind boy who learned to see with sound

    Daniel Kish has taught thousands of people all over the world how to “see” by using sound. But of all the students he’s taken on, none have been quite like Ethan. On 26 January 2015, 10-year old Ethan Loch walked through the doors of St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. He was there for an audition. While his parents waited outside, he was shown through to the music room. He sat down at the piano and began to play. He knew his chances were slim. He was competing against hundreds of other children for a coveted place in one of the top music schools in the country. But his audition was unlike anyone else’s. Because Ethan is blind. “He would stand at the piano for hours when he was a toddler,” his mother Larinda says. “Aged three-and-a-half he’d worked through the entire first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.” At the same age Ethan developed a …

    February 12, 2016 7:21 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 experimental test detects signs of Lyme disease near time of infection

    Related images(click to enlarge) When it comes to early diagnosis of Lyme disease, the insidious tick-borne illness that afflicts about 300,000 Americans annually, finding the proverbial needle in the haystack might be a far easier challenge–until now, perhaps. An experimental method developed by federal and university researchers appears capable of detecting the stealthy culprit Lyme bacteria at the earliest time of infection, when currently available tests are often still negative. The team suggests the approach might also be useful for early detection of other elusive bacterial infections. The collaborators–from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine–recently reported the successful first trial of their new method. “Our hypothesis was that Lyme bacteria shed vesicle-like particles–or fragments–derived from the cell wall of the bacteria circulating in the serum of individuals. These particles would contain membrane proteins that can be detected to provide a unique …

    February 12, 2016 8:00 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


  • The Kardashian Klan — Including Lamar! — Returns To L.A. After Kanye’s Controversial NYFW Show

    Posted on Fri Feb 12th, 2016 4:30pm PDT       By X17 Staff Khlomar have touched down, back in LA after attending Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 fashion show/The Life of Pablo album release at New York Fashion Week. Khloe Kardashian took estranged hubby Lamar Odom on the extended field trip to make what was his first public appearance since his overdoes in a Nevada brothel back in October. Khloemar were dressed in head-to-toe Yeezy — Khloe even borrowed the knee-length camo coat Lamar wore on the way out to NY. Both were wearing Boost 350’s in black. Mom Kris Jenner was also on board, wearing her sexy black leggings and matching Spandex top for comfy travel. Only problem — bottoms are a little see-through. Oops! Guess who else jet-pooled on the plane … dad Caitlyn! Wearing her uniform — jeans, black, knee-high stiletto boots and a sweater — Cait disembarked and hopped in a waiting car. Kourtney …

    February 12, 2016 7:20 pm


  • How Russia controls American policy

    We’ve seen this movie—now playing in Syria– before.   The Russians have developed a way of getting the U.S. formally to permit offensive Russian military operations against American partners on the ground,  all the while calling it a ceasefire.   What the Russians are proposing in Syria—a “cessation of hostilities” on terms they get to define– is exactly what they have been doing in Eastern Ukraine for more than a year.   The Minsk II accords, signed in February 2015 between Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, with the U.S. in support, supposedly established a “cessation of hostilities” across all of Ukraine.  But Russian proxies on the ground, with active Russian support, have continued to attack Ukrainian positions while loudly blaming the Ukrainians for violating the ceasefire.  Then as now, humanitarian concerns were a prime motive.  The West thought the Ukraine ceasefire would keep pro-Russian forces from seizing the town of Debal’tseve, then under siege.  But …

    February 12, 2016 7:20 pm

Odd News

  • Racy night with handcuffs lands Arkansas man in handcuffs, again

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. An Arkansas couple’s evening of “kinky” entertainment ended with one pair of handcuffs used for fun being replaced by another used for real in an arrest, police said on Friday. Dustin Taylor, 21, summoned police this week to his home in Fort Smith to remove a pair of handcuffs he told officers he and his wife had been using the previous night while “doing some ‘kinky’ things,” the official report stated. The couple had lost the key, Taylor explained. The responding patrolman removed the handcuffs and did a routine search of Taylor’s name in a police database. When the computer reported an outstanding warrant for Taylor on criminal mischief, handcuffs went back on. But this time they belonged to the officer. Sergeant Daniel Grubbs, spokesman for the Fort Smith police, expressed a measure of sympathy for Taylor. “I sort of wish the guy had invested in an extra handcuff key,” Grubbs said. …

    February 12, 2016 8:20 pm