Wed November 28, 2012

From 'JK' To 'Eye Gunk': Bringing U.S. Slang To China

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 2:29 pm

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In one video on her hit video blog OMG! Meiyu, Jessica Beinecke teaches slang terms like "BTW," "JK" and "whatev."
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Wed November 28, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

Why 'Black Thursday' Isn't Bad For Everyone



Finally today, some thoughts about so-called Black Friday, which actually started on Thursday this year. You know what I'm talking about, the big-box department stores, mainly: Wal-Mart, Kohls, Target, JCPenney. But also stores like Toys "R" Us and Best Buy opened anywhere from 8 PM to midnight on Thanksgiving Day to lure shoppers in with deep discounts on everything from appliances to pillows to computers to cameras.

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Wed November 28, 2012
Top Stories

Tenn. Infant Morality Likened to Third World Country

Credit nfnf.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 800 medically fragile newborns are cared for each year by an organization launched in Tennessee more than a decade ago with the help of former Titan offensive tackle Fred Miller.

Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee conducts more than 4400 home visits a year to follow the growth of at-risk babies to the age of 2.

Executive director Vicki Beaver says her nurses are ready to take a phone call from moms in need of assistance  24 hours a day.

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Wed November 28, 2012
The Two-Way

This Just In: No One Was Shot Or Stabbed Monday In New York City

At least for one day and night, the city that never sleeps was peaceful.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters /Landov

Police officials in New York City tell the Daily News that they can't remember the last time this happened:

"Not a single person was reported shot, stabbed or slashed" in the Big Apple on Monday.

"Nice way to start the week," Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne told the newspaper.

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Wed November 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Spain Will Back Palestinian U.N. Bid, Britain Wants Assurances

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 7:37 am

The United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Following the French, Spain announced it would back the Palestinian bid to attain non-member observer state status at the United Nations.

Bloomberg reports that Spanish Foreign Minister Jose-Manuel Garcia-Margallo made announcement in a speech to the country's national parliament in Madrid.

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Wed November 28, 2012
Movie Interviews

Peter Ramsey Makes Directorial Rise With 'Guardians'

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 12:47 pm

North and his Yetis lead the ensemble of immortals fighting off an assault from the malicious Pitch.
DreamWorks Animation

The holiday season means parties, shopping and movies. This year brings a new animated feature, Rise of the Guardians, based on William Joyce's series of children's picture books and novels, The Guardians of Childhood. The story follows Santa Claus (voiced by Oscar nominee Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the silent Sandman as they unite to fight off the boogeyman, Pitch (Oscar nominee Jude Law). They also get a big hand from Jack Frost (Chris Pine).

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Wed November 28, 2012
Top Stories

Afghanistan vs. Tennessee: An International Debate

The MTSU debate team faces off against a debate team from Afghanistan November 27, 2012.
Credit MTSU

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The ancient art of debate intersected with the latest in communications technology earlier this week at Middle Tennessee State University.

MTSU’s debate team faced off against a debate team in Afghanistan by way of Skype video conferencing. The debate focused on the internet and democracy.

The competition began just after midnight Tuesday morning; the middle of the day in Afghanistan.

MTSU debate coach Patrick Richey says his team was impressed with the competition.

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Wed November 28, 2012
Top Stories

Catholic Challenge to Health Care Law Dismissed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a group of Catholic nonprofits in Nashville that challenged a provision of the new federal health care law.

An attorney for the nonprofits said in court earlier this month that the agencies have a religious objection to providing health care coverage for their employees that includes services like contraception and sterilization.

He asked U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell to issue an injunction, preventing the government from enforcing the so-called contraceptive mandate.

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Wed November 28, 2012
The Record

Who Picks The Music You Hear At The Mall?

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 9:02 am

Spencer Manio in front of his office (his door is the one with the Ghostface poster) at PlayNetwork.
Kyle Johnson for NPR

In an episode from the fifth season of Mad Men the show's main character, advertising executive Don Draper, is asked by his client, the cologne company Chevalier Blanc, to supply a Beatles song for a television commercial. The year is 1966, and the 40-year-old Draper doesn't have his finger on the rapidly rising pulse of popular music. So he calls in a team of younger, hipper copy writers, including his wife Megan.

"When did music become so important?" he asks her.

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Wed November 28, 2012
Monkey See

Top Ten Things I Am Not Going To Do During This 'Les Miserables' Screening

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 11:44 am

Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables.
Universal Pictures

It's just about that time when members of the press begin to attend screenings of Les Miserables. I hereby vow to engage in none of the following conduct.

1. Throw crusts of bread at the screen and yell, "HEY, JEAN VALJEAN, ARE YOU HUNGRY?"

2. Do my imitation of Amanda Seyfried singing "There are so many questions and ah-nswers that somehow seem wrong," even though it's really funny and quite terrifying.

3. Refer to the short-haired Anne Hathaway as "Ruth Buzz-y."

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