In the News / December 12, 2006

In the News: 12/12/06

Are BlackBerry users the new smokers? Are BlackBerry users the new smokers? The same compulsive behavior is blinding users of mobile gadgets — cellphones included — to their rude ways. It’s time to push back.

Rabbi Feels Wrath Over Removal of Yule Trees SEATTLE, Dec. 11 — A local rabbi is receiving hate mail and angry phone calls, his attorney said Monday, after officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport removed Christmas trees over the weekend.

More Than One Way To Make the Grade Getting good grades in college these days is supposed to be easier than ever. But there are signs of grade deflation in the future.

Stop Denigrating Grade-Grubbers, Authors Say Authors Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman explain in the “Professors’ Guide to Getting Good Grades in College” why it is not bad to be a grade-grubber.

Mich. Universities Seek Delay on New Law LANSING, Mich. — Three universities asked a federal court in Detroit on Monday to delay a new state ban on public affirmative action programs until after this year’s admissions and financial aid cycles.

‘Grinch’ poised to ring in the big 5-0 He may have been about as “cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel,” but the Grinch definitely has enduring appeal.

Firms seeking sober festivities Party carefully. That’s the new motto from employers who are trying to curb drinking at office bashes by limiting drinks.

Distracted driving big cause of crashes Distracted driving is emerging as nearly as serious a factor as speeding and impaired driving in research on traffic accidents, and safety analysts and state legislatures are trying to combat it.

World’s oldest person dies at 116 Elizabeth “Lizzie” Bolden, recognized as the world’s oldest person, died Monday in a nursing home, the home’s administrator said. She was 116. Bolden was born Aug. 15, 1890.

Vatican unearths St. Paul’s tomb, now hopes to look inside Vatican archaeologists who have recently identified the final resting place of the Apostle Paul now hope to find traces of his remains inside the white marble sarcophagus.

Vehicle mileage estimates get realRatings for ’08 models, especially hybrids, will drop in new EPA tests. That 55-mile-per-gallon hybrid car you’ve been eyeing may end up being a 44-mpg hybrid if you wait for the 2008 model.

Major breach of UCLA’s computer files Personal information on 800,000 students, alumni and others is exposed. Attacks lasted a year, the school says.

Texas is sending fewer to death row HOUSTON — Texas may lead the nation by far in the number of executions carried out each year, but figures released last week suggest that support here for the ultimate punishment may be on the wane.

Megachurches Migrating to Charles The Rev. Rodney J. Blackmon has a vision. He wants to build a megachurch along a rural road in Charles County.

The Media’s New Rock Star Barack Obama will never get this kind of cuddly coverage again.

Tehran’s Holocaust Lesson By Anne Applebaum. Yesterday the Iranian Foreign Ministry held an international conference. Nothing unusual in that: Foreign ministries hold conferences, mostly dull ones, all the time. But this one was different. For one, “Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision” dealt with history, not current politics. Instead of the usual suspects — deputy ministers and the like — the invitees seem to have included David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader; Georges Theil, a Frenchman who has called the Holocaust “an enormous lie”; and Fredrick Toeben, a German-born Australian whose specialty is the denial of Nazi gas chambers.

A Battle Hillary Clinton Should Relish By E. J. Dionne Jr. Hillary Rodham Clinton faces a maddening challenge. Many of the people who like and admire her, who believe she has good values and would make an excellent president, are not sure they are for her because they don’t think she can win.



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