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What was your favorite Audie Cornish moment on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday? It's over. At least for now.
Just five months after Cornish took over the program from long-time host Liane Hansen, NPR is tapping Cornish as the new host of the daily All Things Considered program, according to the Two Way blog.
She takes over, at least until next November, from Minnesota native Michele Norris, who is leaving the host position because her husband is taking a job with the Obama re-election campaign.
Norris will continue in a reporting role, but won't do any political stories, according to NPR.
We've reached the creative-outlet stage of the debate over whether the Minnesota Vikings should get a new stadium on the public dime.
Tyler Richter has called our attention to this "ad" he produced. May not be suitable for a younger audience.
"This is what I think the Minnesota Vikings really want to say about the stadium situation--but can't," he said. He's not affiliated with the Vikings or the stadium movement, he adds.(5 Comments)
Thanks to this newly-posted Ted Talk video (sent to me by my pal, Michael Wells), the infatuation with an airplane you can drive like a car is back in the news.
As a pilot, I've always found the Terrafugia to be interesting, but once you get past the "isn't it interesting?" what are you left with? I thought the idea would die before it ever came to fruition, just as every other similar idea has died. But next year, the company will start selling them.
If someone in Minnesota, for example, should buy one of these, state officials will have to get together and decide whether this is a car or a plane.
The definition is significant. It'll probably be an airplane, which means you'd have to pay a registration tax of 1 percent of its list price, which is expected to be about $279,000. Compare that $2,790 to the price you pay for your car's license tabs.
When you're driving it as a car, is it a car or an airplane? Are you covered by your auto insurance or your aircraft insurance? Minnesota laws require $100,000 of coverage for each person in the aircraft (it's a two-seat plane) and $300,000 for bodily injury per occurrence.
For auto insurance, Minnesota requires only $60,000 of coverage for injury liability for two or more people.
Would you need to buy both an auto insurance policy and an aircraft insurance policy? There's no savings in that. I pay $900 a year for insurance now for an airplane project that's not flying. That will probably go to more than $2,000 a year when it does fly, which is, by the way, one of the big reasons it's not flying now.
My 2004 Chevy Cavalier costs me about $650 a year to insure.
So it's hard to see where the market is for this air/car among the general population.
"Great idea," a commenter on the Ted Talks website said. "Early adopting might have some issues, but will be a great way to solve traffic issues."
No, it won't, actually. The only place where it'd be legal to take off is at an airport. You can't, for example, see a traffic jam ahead, and decide to unfold the wings and take off.
Anna Mracek Dietrich says an advantage is if pilots encounter bad weather, "just land and drive home." Fair enough. But that will most certainly lead its owners to head out on a flight when the weather is questionable, and that's never been a very good idea. Alternately, a pilot who might fly often in bad weather, could get training and instrument rating for a fraction of the cost of the Terrafugia.
The company says over 100 people have put down deposits on the Terrafugia.(7 Comments)
The supermarket chain, Safeway, knows a public relations blunder when it sees one.
A company executive at Safeway has decided not to press shoplifting charges against a Honolulu couple whose arrests over stolen sandwiches led state workers to take custody of their 2-year-old daughter, the Associated Press reports.
Marcin and Nicole Leszczynski ate a sandwich while shopping last week, and walked out of the store after checking out without paying. They said they forgot and offered to pay but company policy apparently forbids settling up in such a matter.
Their daughter Zofia was taken away by state Child Welfare Services officials. She was returned to her parents 18 hours later.
That touched off a national debate on whether law enforcement, store officials, and child welfare workers went a little overboard.
The best part about this video, is the typical YouTube flame war it started over the question of whether information added to your computer actually adds anything, or just rearranges what's already there.
(h/t: The Nerdery)
Shoot, Texas, sometimes you are so entertainingly you.
Keller Crockett's the name, and reinforcing the stereotype of the nation's largest state is the game. This radio ad has gotten him into some hot water with the state, which is considering pulling his license to teach a gun safety class.
The Associated Press visited him today:
Inside a remote highway cabin on the edge of the Llano River, where a draped, full-size cannon is parked across from his desk, Keller said he was inspired to make the ad after being "flabbergasted" by a couple neighbors who left the state to campaign for Obama. As for refusing to teach Muslims, Keller described that as an afterthought tacked onto the spot, which he couldn't remember but said was likely generated from something in the news.
"I got to thinking, `Hmm, I'm arming the enemy,"' Keller said.
Oh, the story from Mason, Texas gets better...
"He's a character and likes attention," said Diane Eames, a jeweler with a downtown shop in Mason's quaint town square.
Eames and Joyce Arnold, a real estate agent, said they worried about the radio spot embarrassing the city. Eames ran what she described as a successful sex-toy business in Mason before opening the jewelry store...(4 Comments)