Sat March 31, 2012

Quaker Oats Man Sheds Some Pounds

Originally published on Sat March 31, 2012 10:00 am



Has the guy on the Quaker Oats box been doing Ashtanga yoga? The white-haired man with pink cheeks under a broad black Quaker hat is getting a makeover. Larry, as he is apparently known among ad men and women, is associated with heritage, trust, and quality by consumers. But after being an oatmeal cover boy for 134 years, PepsiCo, which now owns the Quaker brand, wants to refresh his image a bit to make the link between oatmeal and energy and healthy choices.

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Sat March 31, 2012

'Obamacare' Sounds Different When Supporters Say It

Originally published on Sat March 31, 2012 2:21 pm

Supporters of the health care law have recently embraced the term "Obamacare," a word they once recoiled from.
Charles Dharapak AP

Until recently, "Obamacare" was a word mostly used by opponents of President Obama's health care law. Now, supporters of the law are attempting to claim it as their own.

During the three days of health care hearings, protesters outside of the Supreme Court in favor of the law returned to one chant more than any other: "We love Obamacare."

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Fri March 30, 2012
Middle East

To Keep Protesters Away, Egypt's Police Put Up Walls

After clashes between protesters and security forces, Cairo's police erected walls to keep demonstrators away from the Interior Ministry. Street artists then painted this wall across Sheik Rihan Street.
Mohammed Hossam AFP/Getty Images


Fri March 30, 2012
Middle East

Israel, West Bank Settlers Brace For Showdown

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 9:33 pm

Israel's Supreme Court has ruled the West Bank Jewish settlement outpost of Migron must be destroyed by August 2012.
Sebastian Scheiner AP

Just two months ago, Aviela Deitch was proud to show off what residents had built on the hilltop outpost of Migron, just a few miles away from the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the West Bank.

At that time, the Israeli Supreme Court had already ruled that Migron was sitting on private Palestinian property and had ordered Migron settlers to evacuate.

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Fri March 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Scientific Journals Plan To Publish Contentious Bird Flu Research

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 5:12 pm

A government advisory committee has reconsidered its advice to keep certain details of bird flu experiments secret.

Revised versions of manuscripts that describe two recent studies can be openly published, the committee now says. The decision could help end a contentious debate that has raged within the scientific community for months.

In response, the editors of two journals immediately said they planned to publish the research soon.

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Fri March 30, 2012
The Salt

Is That A Crushed Bug In Your Frothy Starbucks Drink?

The tiny white insects that feed on cactus turn into red cochineal when crushed. Starbucks uses the dye in some of its products.
Flickr via Wikimedia Commons

Call it the tempest in the Frappuccino. Some Starbucks patrons have been distressed to learn that the chain's Strawberry and Creme Frappuccino owes its pink coloring to crushed insects.

The coloring in question, cochineal, is made from a tiny white insect, Dactylopius coccus. When crushed, its body exudes a brilliant red color. Cochineal has been used as a coloring for foods and makeup for centuries.

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Fri March 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Current TV Fires Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann hosted a commentary show on Current TV.
Current TV

Less than a year after he was hired, Current TV said it was ending its contract with lead anchor Keith Olbermann. Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who had an ill-fated run on CNN, will replace him.

Current announced the move in an open letter to its viewers from Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, Current's founders.

The letter reads in part:

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Fri March 30, 2012
From mtsunews.com

Josh Weil to Read His Fiction at MTSU Lecture

Middle Tennessee State University Welcomes



4:30 P.M.



Hazelwood Dining Room, JUB


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Fri March 30, 2012
From mtsunews.com

MTSU Lecturer Encourages Children to Spring Into Spring

The MTSU Center for Physical Activity and Health in Youth will present its Spring 2012 Distinguished Lecture, “Physical Development and Beyond: Why Young Children Need to Move,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3.

Rae Pica, founder and director of “Moving and Learning,” will deliver the free public address in Room 160 of the MTSU College of Education Building.

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Fri March 30, 2012
From mtsunews.com

Experts Speak Out Against Slavery at Home and Abroad

Students in a Human Rights course taught by Dr. John Maynor, associate professor of political science at MTSU, will present a symposium on human trafficking Wednesday, April 4, in the University’s Business and Aerospace Building.

The free public event is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the State Farm Lecture Hall, Room BAS S-102.

Experts scheduled to participate are:

  •   Colette Bercu, founder and director of Free for Life International, an area organization that works with   victims of trafficking abroad;

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