BREITBART.COM - Pumping iron, with Condoleezza Rice
: "'She is tough, I have to tell you,' said Barbara Harrison, a news co-anchor with the NBC4 channel in Washington who persuaded Rice, 51, to put on her gym sweats and participate in a regular segment on health and fitness."
Ala. Paper Publishes Civil Rights Photos - Yahoo! News
: "The photos had been in a box marked: 'Keep. Do Not Sell.' But at the time they were taken, the newspaper didn't want to draw attention to the racial discord of the 1950s and 1960s, news photographers from the period said."
FRED PHELPS NEEDS A HUGMiamiHerald.com | 02/27/2006 | Fire, brimstone the surest way to say you're gay
: "Can you say ''self hatred,'' boys and girls? Come on, isn't it obvious? The poor fellow is gayer than a Bette Midler AIDS benefit. In San Francisco.
He needs not our condemnation but our understanding. Maybe someday he'll find the strength to stop living this lie. He might just go on to be the greatest gay rights activist this country has ever known. Maybe then, in the arms of the right man, he'll stop hurting."
: "'I think the elaborate expensive display of an open casket with all the makeup in the slumber room enforces the belief that the person is only asleep, and in my personal opinion would only help to prolong the stage of denial.'
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in
Questions and Answers on Death and Dying"
City Council gets regionalism and racism mixed up - 02/26/06 - The Detroit News
: "There's something deliciously rich in watching the Detroit City Council members expose themselves as obstacles to regional cooperation. The more they talk, the more hateful, divisive and paranoid they sound."
Oh Now They "Flock"Visitors flock to the zoo - 02/26/06 - The Detroit News
: "Thousands showed their support all last week; attendance reached higher-than-normal levels."
OH LOOK, MORE GOOD NEWSCorpWatch : US: Outsourcing Is Climbing Skills Ladder
: "In a survey of more than 200 multinational corporations on their research center decisions, 38 percent said they planned to 'change substantially' the worldwide distribution of their research and development work over the next three years — with the booming markets of China and India, and their world-class scientists, attracting the greatest increase in projects.
Whether placing research centers in their home countries or overseas, the study said, companies often use similar criteria. The quality of scientists and engineers and their proximity to research centers are crucial.
The study contended that lower labor costs in emerging markets are not the major reason for hiring researchers overseas, though they are a consideration. Tax incentives do not matter much, it said.
Instead, the report found that multinational corporations were global shoppers for talent. The companies want to nurture close links with leading universities in emerging markets to work with professors and to hire promising graduates."
Racist e-mail targets Collins - 02/24/06 - The Detroit News
: "DETROIT -- Police are investigating a racist e-mail sent to a Detroit city councilwoman as a result of the controversy over the negotiations to keep the Detroit Zoo open."
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Often used for office presentations or for teaching kids about the stars, laser pointers are also capable of dazzling or disorienting a person who is struck in the eye by the spot of light, making it a grave concern for the airline industry. Congress is currently considering a proposal to make it a federal offense to shine a laser pointer at an aircraft.
Wired News - Making a Living In Second Life
Wharton professor Dan Hunter, an expert on law and virtual worlds, said Second Life's relatively small size makes its economic future hard to predict. But virtual worlds are becoming spaces where "globalization of services can occur," he said. "In SL, services are valued. 'Hey, I can provide something that someone else wants! And I can make money from it!' The expansion of the economy is almost certainly going to be dependent on expanding the service opportunities."