News to You, maybe
The banana and clove flavors of Munich's famed hefeweizens have not assuaged the misery of Justin Bieber's stranded monkey. (AP)
Part of my job is keeping up with the news. In olden days, news editors read other printed publications, checked the news wire and listened to reporters (and neighbors) to stay on top of what was going on.
Things have changed.
Now we also get to follow Twitter, read dozens of online news sites, blogs, feeds and otherwise click things repeatedly. I even get news tips from my friends’ Facebook posts.
It can get messy, but the end result is “more news.”
Today I’m going to summarize a few of the things I find interesting in my daily search. Hopefully some of what I mention will be interesting to you as well. To liven it up, I will throw a little mirth into the mix. Don’t take it too seriously; it’s all in fun.
If you have run across something interesting online, please share it here.
April 3, 2013:
- The Associated Press Style Book (not sure if that is correct style) is replacing “illegal alien” with “undocumented Democrat,” says Jay Leno.
- Atlanta educators make enough dough, apparently, to pay huge jail bonds in record time. Meanwhile, former DeKalb school board chairman Eugene Walker has a new lawyer.
- Justin Bieber has four weeks to pick up his pet monkey “Mally” in Germany.
- Today is the 40th anniversary of the first mobile phone conversation.
- A Cobb mother has been indicted for starving her daughter to death. The 16-year-old weighed 43 pounds when she died in 2012.
- Mrs. Muppet, Jane Henson, is dead at age 78.
- The AJC has a new website. You ought to check it out.
- Remember the subprime mortgage crisis? Apparently the same thing is going on with auto loans. Reuters reports an Alabama man with an “unhappy” credit history was able to exchange a shotgun for a $10,000 loan on a 2007 Suzuki.
- A burglar famous for being shot by a Loganville mother admitted to stealing to support his many children and will serve 10 years in prison.
- The CDC says about 20 percent of babies born to teen mothers already have a brother or sister.
- Highway to Hell is a great AC/DC album, but the “Gates of Hell” are allegedly located in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, say archaeologists eager for attention.
- Playboy’s iPhone app features no nudity. That’s one way to get people to read the articles.
- Wichita State wiped out my bracket. Meanwhile, Rutgers’ basketball coach has some ’splaining to do (UPDATE: He was fired for unkind treatment of players).
- Former Georgia Tech guard Javaris Crittenton is a Crip, police say. He’s charged with murder in the death of an Atlanta mother of four while trying to shoot a rival gang member. I’m glad he never played in an Atlanta Final Four.
- Google search is racist? Harvard prof says “names typically associated with black people more likely to produce ads related to criminal activity.”
- Having learned nothing from endless MASH reruns on Me-TV, the U.S. sends John McCain, a new destroyer not an old politician, to patrol Korean seas.
- Microsoft didn’t get rich by giving away free Xbox points. The company is warning its customers of a birthday giveaway scam.
- There’s another bird flu we should allegedly worry about.
- A WWII bomb found in central Berlin has been defused.
- The Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for daring to read books has signed a $3 million book deal, reports the Wall Street Journal.
- Lake Lanier is full, and more rain is headed our way.
- Tybee Island is holding its first gay and lesbian festival next month.
- A dancing sea lion video can “shed light on rhythm in brain” and is also cute.