June 13, 2008
Channel 9 (WUSA) Gary Nurenberg saw the potential: http://www.wusa9.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=54421
June 12, 2008
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June 4, 2008
There are a total of 32 dams in the Dominican Republic.
Some of the dams are more than 20 years old and showing signs of potential problems.
Too much stress on the dams could lead to floods such as the one that occurred in 2005 that wiped out several towns and killed untold hundreds.
But still, just think. As conservatives always complain, whenever the government wants to address a problem it forms "another dam committee."
Below is a link to a report on the media habits of young people. The reprot was presented at the World Associaiton of Newspapers in Goteborg, Sweden.
(Note my highlighted part below. CONTENT not format is the issue. And with content comes the need for CONTEXT. But the CONTENT into CONTEXT instead of worrying what color the letters should be and what font to use.)
- Young people are interested in news and see the value of being informed.
- Loyal newspaper readers are more informed, engaged and connected to community than non-readers.
- Newspapers must start earlier to establish how the brand of news emanating from newspapers is different from and superior to other media options. This strategy should be multi-platform, accentuating content, not format.
- Young people leaving home provides an important opportunity for newspapers. The study shows a significant drop in readership at this life-stage at a time when interest in news is peaking.
- Newspaper editorial content, in general, is disconnected from youth interests — and when it is about youth, it is mostly negative. Music and film top the list of interests while politics ranked in the lower than 30th.
- Social networks can be allies of newspapers, not the enemy. Social network users are more supportive of all media generally, but also show a higher increase of support for newspapers than non users.
You might want to pass this on to friends and family in college.
Five thousand bucks can be a big help to any student.
FIRE is pleased to announce its first annual “Freedom on Campus” Student Video Contest. The contest will give college and university students from around the country the opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship and other prizes for producing short videos about school policies or practices that stifle their freedoms on campus. FIRE is also unveiling the second installment of the PBS series Voices of Vision featuring FIRE, now available on FIRE’s multimedia page.FIRE’s full press release on this case appears below, you can also see the full version at http://thefire.org/index.php/article/9371.html.
I would be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can reach me by replying to this e-mail or by calling the number below.
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
601 Walnut Street, Suite 510
Philadelphia, PA 19106
FIRE Launches College Student Video Contest, Announces New ‘Voices of Vision’ Episode
PHILADELPHIA, June 3, 2008—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is pleased to announce its first annual “Freedom on Campus” Student Video Contest. The contest will give college and university students from around the country the opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship and other prizes for producing short videos about school policies or practices that stifle their freedoms on campus.
“FIRE is proud and excited to be able to expand the efforts of our Multimedia Project, and we encourage college students everywhere to join the fight for liberty on campus by participating in the ‘Freedom on Campus’ contest,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said. “FIRE’s motto is that ‘sunlight is the best disinfectant,’ and we hope students all over the country will help us shine some light on abuses of basic rights on campus.”
In addition to the scholarship, the grand prize winner’s video will be featured on FIRE’s website and the winner will receive an all-expenses-paid invitation to the 2009 Campus Freedom Network Conference in Philadelphia, where he or she will meet with prominent free speech advocates, FIRE staff members, and other top students from around the country. Two runners-up will each receive a $1,000 award.
The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a U.S. college or university, and the video entry must be under 10 minutes in length. The deadline to enter is November 15, 2008, and the winners will be announced on December 5, 2008. To read the contest rules, please visit FIRE’s contest page. Students may enter online or through the mail.
FIRE is also unveiling the second installment of the PBS series Voices of Vision featuring FIRE, now available on FIRE’s multimedia page. This episode highlights FIRE’s cases at Le Moyne College, where a graduate student was expelled for defending corporal punishment in the classroom; SUNY Fredonia, where a professor was denied promotion for publicly disagreeing with the university’s student conduct policies and affirmative action practices; and the University of New Hampshire, where a student was evicted from his dorm and forced to live out of his car for posting a flyer that joked about the “freshman 15.” The film also gives a fresh, inside look into the daily operations of the FIRE office, the jobs of FIRE’s staff, and the way FIRE selects cases.
“Voices of Vision gives the public an in-depth look at some truly remarkable abuses FIRE has seen on campus,” Lukianoff said. “We are honored to be featured once again in this respected, award-winning PBS series and look forward to providing our viewers with more original video content soon!”
FIRE is a nonprofit educational foundation that unites civil rights and civil liberties leaders, scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals from across the political and ideological spectrum on behalf of individual rights, due process, freedom of expression, academic freedom, and rights of conscience at our nation’s colleges and universities. FIRE’s efforts to preserve liberty on campuses across America can be viewed at thefire.org.
CONTACT: Greg Lukianoff, President, FIRE: 215-717-3473; firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Guidry, Media Director, FIRE: 215-717-3473; email@example.com
June 3, 2008
June 2, 2008 10:53 AM
From the Cincinnati Enquirer:
Dr. Fredric J. Baur was so proud of having designed the container for
Pringles potato crisps that he asked his family to bury him in one.
His children honored his request. Part of his remains was buried in a
Pringles can - along with a regular urn containing the rest - in his grave at
Arlington Memorial Gardens in Springfield Township.
Dr. Baur, a retired organic chemist and food storage technician who
specialized in research and development and quality control for Procter &
Gamble, died May 4 at Vitas Hospice. The College Hill resident was 89.