Morning Media Summary

by Lee Doren on July 20, 2011

in Odds & Ends

Tech:

Two-screen laptops: complete overkill, or completely logical:
“If you haven’t seen the photos of this laptop with two screens doing the round of the Web, take a look below. ”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Start-up Electric Car Company Green Vehicles Folds, Costs City $500,000:
“Consider today’s collapse of electric car company Green Vehicles an object lesson in why it’s a bad idea for cities to invest in the risky business of start-up car companies–perhaps especially start-up electric car companies. The city of Salinas, California learned that lesson today as Green Vehicles shut its doors, costing the city more than $500,000.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Opposing US Politicians Seek Online Gambling Clarification:
“Two representatives from the opposite spectrum of the US political landscape have jointly written to the US Attorney General, asking for clarification on internet gambling laws in the country. Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid and US Senator Jon Kyl demanded that AG Eric Holder explain the department’s position on federal laws that govern online gambling in the United States. Both men, the Democrat Reid and the Republican Kyl, serve as Senate leaders.”

Health / Safety
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Today’s playgrounds may be too safe, critics warn:
“When seesaws and tall slides and other perils were disappearing from New York’s playgrounds, Henry Stern drew a line in the sandbox. As the city’s parks commissioner in the 1990s, he issued an edict concerning the 10-foot-high jungle gym near his childhood home in northern Manhattan.”

Economics:

House passes GOP debt measure; Obama praises compromise plan:
“The U.S. House on Tuesday night passed the “cut, cap and balance” deficit reduction plan backed by tea party conservatives but dismissed by President Barack Obama, who offered strong praise for another proposal put together by a bipartisan group of senators.”
Legal:

Philadelphia Police Poised To Crack Down On Bicycle Traffic:
Philadelphia officials next month plan to use more “stick” in a program that takes a carrot-and-stick approach to bad behavior by people in cars, on bicycles and on foot.”

Labor:

Trumka: AFL-CIO Supports Cordray as Consumer Financial Chief:
“AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced support for President Obama’s plan to nominate Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general, currently is chief of enforcement at the CFPB.”

Transportation/ Land Use
:

Power Failure Delays 8 High-speed Trains in S China
:
“A power failure Monday halted eight trains on the rail line between Guangzhou and Shenzhen in south China’s Guangdong Province, the “Guangzhou Daily” reports.”

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