Today’s News Stories (June 27th), 2012
The Google Nexus Tablet Is Here, and It’s Out to Kill the Kindle Fire (Updated)
Google just conjured up its platonic ideal of an Android tablet: killer specs, the most pristine possible software, and a $200 price. Wil this be the Android tablet that finally makes Android tablets exciting? Is Amazon going to lose?.
What war in Syria looks like: journalist killings, deadlier IEDs
Events in Syria are rapidly unraveling. Earlier today President Bashar al-Assad abandoned his claims that the regime was merely fighting terrorists sent by foreign powers to destabilize Syria and said the country is in a “real state of war.” Today some of the war’s heaviest fighting near Damascus took place and a pro-Assad television station about 12 miles south of the capital was overrun by rebels, who killed employees there.
In Brazil’s Prisons, Inmates Shorten Sentences By Reading
Now here’s a novel idea. One way to solve prison overcrowding, promote literacy, and empower inmates, in one fell swoop? Offer inmates the chance to shorten their sentences by reading.
That’s right, Brazil’s government recently rolled out a new program, Redemption through Reading, that allows inmates to shave four days off their sentence for every book they read, with a maximum of 48 days off their sentence per year, Reuters reported Monday. The program will be extended to certain prisoners in four federal prisons in Brazil holding some of the country’s most notorious criminals.
Colorado Is Engulfed in Flames
Colorado is fully on fire. A number of devastating blazes are currently raging across the state in various stages of non-containment. Governor John Hickenlooper is already calling this “the worst fire season in the history of Colorado”.
Reuters reports that 32,000 people have been evacuated from their homes as a wildfire rips through an area that includes popular tourist attractions.
“Magic Mike”: See Sexy Stripteases In Behind-the-Scenes Clips!
“Magic Mike” is almost here … and with just days until the flick finally lands in theaters, we’ve got a behind-the-scenes look at the movie’s sexiest stripteases.
In the new video we see Channing Tatum gyrate while wearing a thong (under his sweatpants, sorry!), Joe Manganiello removing a suit and shirtless cowboys Matt Bomer and Alex Pettyfer face off in a duel.
Hero Who Saved Baby from Subway Tracks Gets News Gig After a Year Without a Job and Meets Baby He Save
The unemployed hero who plucked a baby from the subway tracks in Brooklyn was reunited with the tot Wednesday — right after getting a new job.
“That’s the little man that got me a job today,” Delroy Simmonds said during a reunion with little David Zamara at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.
US Airport Security Guard Opens Jar of Man’s Ashes, Spills Them, Then Laughs as Grandson Scrambles to Gather Them
A man suffered humiliation and distress at the hands of an airport security agent when she insisted on opening a jar containing his grandfather’s remains and then dropped them on the floor.
John Gross, of Indianapolis, was trying to bring Mario Mark Marcaletti’s ashes home from Florida and had them in his bag in a tightly sealed jar clearly marked ‘Human Remains’.
Aussies the Biggest Recreational Drug Users in the World
The use of ecstasy is in decline in Australia, but cocaine use is on the rise and Australians and New Zealand consume more marijuana per capita than any other country.
Altogether, annual use among Australians and New Zealand for all drugs except for heroin “remain much higher than the global average”, said the report, published a short time ago in Vienna
Chris Brown, Drake Offered $1 Million by Boxing Promoter to Settle Score in Ring
Celebrity Boxing promoter Damon Feldman – the self-proclaimed “WWE of boxing” – wants to see Chris Brown and Drake finish what they allegedly started at a New York nightclub two weeks ago with three minute-long rounds of prize fighting
Katy Perry Got Drunk With Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez And Robert Pattinson
Katy Perry was spotted leaving Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood after drinking with Justin Biever, Selena Gomez, and Robert Pattison.
Homeless Man Uses Flip Cam, YouTube to Spread Awareness
A homeless man in San Francisco is using technology to give the world a new perspective on homelessness. His name is Henry Moses Thirkield, affectionately known as Mo, and he’s been using a Flip Cam to document his day-to-day activities and his interviews with other homeless men and women.
Mo doesn’t have access to a computer or a cellphone, so he’s unable to post videos online himself. His friend Ryan Hupfer, who works at a Silicon Valley startup, gave Mo the Flip Cam and set up the YouTube channel, HomelessMo.
Zynga Debuts Cross-Platform Social Network
Zynga is delving further into the multi-screen, cross platform future with Zynga With Friends.
The new network, which will launch this summer, will enable gamers to access Zynga social and mobile games from a central hub from smartphones, tablets, Facebook, laptops or PCs. Founder and CEO Mark Pincus unveiled that along with several other new games and initiatives at the social gaming company’s San Francisco headquarters during its annual “Zynga Unleashed” global press event.
The Anti-Cheating Ring
Cheating swines beware, taking off your wedding ring will no longer be your temporary passport back to the single life thanks to this ‘anti cheating’ ring.
The titanium band has an engraving on the inside that reads ‘I’m Married’ backwards. Hitched Romeos who slip off the £350 ring will have the cover-blowing declaration imprinted on their finger.
The Shortening of Women’s Shorts: Where Will It End?
America’s women, once famed the world over for their purity and tended lovingly by husbands in their kitchens to preserve their precious virtue, are now little more than a gaggle of slatternly harlots, screeching for ever-shorter shorts in a never-ending quest to expose greater and greater quantities of naked flesh on their soft, supple upper thighs.
McDonald’s to Play Games with Hearts by Opening and Immediately Destroying the Worlds Largest McDonalds
With the opening day of the Olympics drawing ever nearer. London prepares by opening the worlds largest McDonalds, which is to be destroyed soon after the Olympics games have come to a conclusion. The restaurant has been constructed in Stratford, east London, just outside the Olympic Stadium. This location will be staffed by 2,000 “handpicked” “top performing” employees. They will also don new Mad Men inspired uniforms. It is estimated that 50,000 Big Mac burgers will be sold as well as 180,000 portions of fries.
Man Sets Himself, Car on Fire after Playing with Lighter at Petrol Station in Melbourne
Anyone who thought it was all right to play with a cigarette lighter while filling a car with fuel at a petrol pump should take a long hard look at this man’s narrow escape. The foolish motorist decided to flick his lighter while he waited at the fuel pump in the Melbourne suburb of Thomastown.
Suddenly the fumes ignited - followed by the petrol.
The Burger Challenge: New Red Robin Hamburgers Spice Things Up with Infamous Ghost Chili Pepper
The Seattle-based “casual dining” restaurant chair Red Robin is turning up the hear in a big way by unveiling the very first nationally marketed hamburgers to be infused with a kick in the jaw from the notorious Naga Bhut Jolokia – AKA the host Pepper.
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