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Oh, if only

You mean life isn't fair?

Being poor sucks, what a shock:

People with lower socio-economic status appear to age faster than their better-off counterparts, British researchers said on Thursday.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Sorry, Charlie

ABC-TV seems to want to hold onto the network anchor as the stars of our news consumption, but that ship has sailed:

ABC News said it's changing the name of its evening newscast to reflect both new anchorman Charles Gibson and an expansion into the digital realm, including an afternoon webcast.

The change from "World News Tonight" to "World News with Charles Gibson" occurred Wednesday evening.

Posted in: Television

Asimov's nightmare

I bet this isn't much like any other story you've read lately:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- We might be more responsive to robots designed to look human rather than mechanical, but other factors may determine what causes us to accept or shun these virtual humans.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Catch and release

And if you can't eat the fish, I'd recommend not drinking the water, either:

The state's annual warnings against eating some fish caught in Indiana's waterways aren't reaching enough Hoosiers, leading some people to unknowingly eat catches tainted with industrial contaminants, public health advocates said Thursday.

Posted in: Our town

Another happy visitor

Posted in: Our town

Zipping along

The Wall Street Journal has a report on all the states, including Indiana, that have raised speed limits recently. Officials are finally starting to realize that there is a "flow of traffic" speed that the law has to acknowledge:

Posted in: Hoosier lore

Attention, Wal-Mart hipsters

Oh, yeah, this will catch on:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AdAge.com) -- It's a quasi-social-networking site for teens designed to allow them to "express their individuality," yet it screens all content, tells parents their kids have joined and forbids users to e-mail one another. Oh, and it calls users "hubsters" -- a twist on hipsters that proves just how painfully uncool it is to try to be cool.

The Hub is where teens can go and register to become 'Hubsters' -- Wal-Mart's ideal of a hipster.

Posted in: Current Affairs

A guilty pleasure

OK, OK, extortion is wrong, and a criminal is a criminal. But a certain part of me admires the enterprise of this couple, and certainly nobody is going to feel sorry for their victims:

Barnett and Catini have been contacting sexual predators over the Internet since early this year.

After several Internet conversations, the couple would contact the predators over the telephone and make arrangements for them to have sex with Catini, who was posing as a 15-year-old girl.

The '60s life lesson

I can't remember -- is today the first day of the rest of my life, or the last day of the first part of my life?

Shopping around

I'm all for commerce, but don't we have enough places to shop in Fort Wayne, at least in that part of town?

RCI Development LLC plans to build a 100,000-square-foot shopping center just west of Glenbrook Commons and Glenbrook Square, according to a local developer's Web site.

Posted in: Our town

Credit where it's due

I served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters board for six years, so I know what great work the local agency does. This is much deserved:

The staff, board, “Bigs” and “Littles” at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana have cause for great celebration. In June at the organization's national convention, the local agency was named the 2006 Agency of the Year among 440 across the country and internationally. It serves more than 1,100 children in 12 counties.

Posted in: Our town

Super Stupid Me

You've read the stories about middle school students who work an hour or two on a soup line to better understand the poor or even camp out overnight so they can empathize with the homeless. Don't worry that their time is being wasted -- this is actually good career training if they asprire to carry on the work of Morgan Spurlock.

Posted in: Current Affairs

Right target, wrong weapon

Evan Bayh has the right message for Democrats: Pay attention to the middle class. But his solution is, predictably, more government:

Bayh proposed several measures to create economic opportunity for the middle class, including a $6,000 tax credit to make college more affordable, a plan to cut health insurance premiums for 57 million middle-income Americans and a program to boost retirement savings.

They're coming to get you

Well, this is just a little bit scary:

WASHINGTON -- The last 25 years have seen a 1,300 percent increase in the number of paramilitary raids on American homes. The vast majority of these are to serve routine drug warrants, including for offenses as trivial as marijuana possession, according to a just-released study by the Cato Institute.

They must have their reasons

I like to see people with a purpose:

A local band of teachers has recently made the trip to Terre Haute to bike across Indiana.

[. . .]

On a hot and humid day, the group hopped on their bikes and made the 160 mile journey in just over 12 hours.

I walked across my back yard on Sunday. I've almost recovered.

Posted in: Hoosier lore

What a load of irony

I'm just as shocked as the rest of you at President Bush's use of language. As many know by now, an open microphone at the Group of 8 meeting caught the president in some unscripted and blunt talk. He was heard saying this to British Prime Minister Tony Blair:

"See, the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit, and it's over."

Posted in: Current Affairs

Hot enough for you, honey?

I'm bashing Hillary again

Pointless advice from Hillary to Arkansas Democrats:

We do things that are controversial. We do things that try to inflame their base,” Clinton, D-N.Y., told the Arkansas Federation of Democratic Women, according to the New York Times. "We are wasting time.”

The French connection

Now you don't have to worry -- the French have a plan:

SCIENTISTS at the French space agency CNES have thought of a new way to save Earth from being hit by an asteroid: manoeuvre a small one into a near-Earth orbit, from where it can be flung into the path of a larger asteroid that threatens to collide with our planet.

The option with the second-most votes: Run away! run away!

Posted in: Science

What you see is what you want

Well, here's a shock:

Without realizing it, people will perceive things according to how they want to see them, a new study suggests.

Our tax-funded research strikes again.

Posted in: Current Affairs