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  • It’s So Much More Fun to Spread Rumors Than the Truth

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    It’s no surprise that interesting and unusual claims are often the most widely circulated articles on social media. Who wants to share boring stuff? The problem, however, is that the spread of rumors, misinformation and unverified claims can overwhelm any effort to set the record straight, as we’ve seen during controversies over events like the Boston Marathon bombings and the conspiracy theory that the Obama administration manipulated unemployment statistics. Everyone knows there is dubious information online, of course, but estimating the magnitude of the problem has been difficult until now.

  • OSU football: Daxx Garman named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday. Garman had his most prolific game as an OSU starter against Texas Tech on Sept. 25, passing for 370 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for another score in the Cowboys' 45-35 win in Stillwater. Other Big 12 weekly awards went to Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks (Defensive Player of the Week) and Kansas State wide receiver/punt returner Tyler Lockett. Hicks recorded 11 tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception in Texas' 23-0 win over Kansas -- the Longhorns' first shutout since 2005. Lockett, a Tulsa Washington alumnus, had 143 punt return yards, including a 58-yard touchdown, and 256 all-purpose yards in Kansas State's 58-28 win over UTEP.

  • NBC's Brian Williams begs kids to watch the news | WashingtonExaminer.com

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is joining a clutch of frustrated journalists and educators worried that today’s youth are growing up news-free, obsessed with social media but unplugged from what makes the world tick. Williams, tops in the evening news broadcasts, surprised organizers of an effort to engage students with news by providing a two-minute public service announcement in which he frets that “news isn’t even in the lives of almost a third of young adults, that they are essentially growing up news-free.” His support, revealed to the Washington Examiner, could buoy the upcoming National News Engagement Day on Oct. 7 when colleges and high schools around the country plan to urge students to pay attention to world events. “When the NBC network news anchor, a trusted and respected source, says National News Engagement Day is important, the public, the news media, opinion leaders, educators, students, families, and even the White House will take notice,” said organizer Paula M. Poindexter, a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

  • Ferguson Demands High Fees To Turn Over City Files

    Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bureaucrats in Ferguson, Missouri, responding to requests under the state's Sunshine Act to turn over government files about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees' salaries before they will agree to release any records.

  • Police Fire Tear Gas at Hong Kong Democracy Rally

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Student demonstrations on Friday and Saturday sparked an early start to the Occupy Central movement, with clashes between police and protesters outside the government's headquarters in Hong Kong, Time.com reports. Police used tear gas and pepper spray against thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in central Hong Kong Sunday, as a civil disobedience movement that seeks to win unfettered elections for the city’s top job got underway, according to Time.com.

  • Patrick Reed becomes pantomime villain as US Ryder Cup rookie taunts Europe supporters - Telegraph

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    It has taken three days but the 2014 Ryder Cup found itself a pantomime villain on Sunday after Patrick Reed exchanged taunts with European fans at Gleneagle, the Telegraph reports. The American rookie was roundly jeered for putting his finger to his lips upon holing a brilliant birdie putt at the seventh hole of his singles match against Henrik Stenson, according to the Telegraph.

  • Florida State football rallies to beat North Carolina State

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Jameis Winston threw for 365 yards and four touchdowns in his return from a suspension, helping No. 1 Florida State rally from 17 down to beat North Carolina State 56-41 on Saturday night, Newsday reports. The Heisman Trophy winner directed four straight second-half touchdown drives to help the reigning national champions fight through and extend the nation's longest active winning streak to a program-record 20 games, according to Newsday.

  • It’s a girl: Chelsea Clinton gives birth

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Bill and Hillary Clinton became grandparents when their daughter, Chelsea Clinton, gave birth to a daughter named Charlotte, Politico reports. Chelsea Clinton announced the birth on Twitter, according to Politico. “Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky,” she posted.

  • Texas A&M Closes a 14-Point Gap, Then Finishes Arkansas in Overtime

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Kenny Hill threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns, one of them a 25-yarder to Malcome Kennedy on the first play of overtime, and sixth-ranked Texas A&M rallied to beat Arkansas, 35-28, in Arlington, Tex., on Saturday, New York Times reports. The Aggies (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed by 28-14 going into the fourth quarter, according to the New York Times. Hill then threw for two long scores, the second a 59-yarder to Josh Reynolds with 2 minutes 8 seconds left in regulation, two plays after Arkansas missed a field-goal attempt.

  • Conor McGregor: UFC's featherweight division 'full of rookies and has-beens'

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    LAS VEGAS – Conor McGregor  (16-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) started his time at Saturday night’s post-UFC 178 press conference declaring himself a “humble” fighter. Then he humbly made it clear the rest of the division wasn’t fit to shine his shoes, MMA Junkie reports. “The division seems to be full of rookies and has-beens,” McGregor said. “I’m just sitting here enjoying myself, collecting these checks on my way, eliminating each one.”

  • Kansas coach Charlie Weis fired, DC Clint Bowen named interim head coach

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    The University of Kansas announced Sunday that Charlie Weis has been relieved of his duties as head coach. KU athletics director Sheahon Zenger named defensive coordinator Clint Bowen interim head coach. "I appreciate what Coach Weis did with several facets of our football program," Zenger said in a statement on kuathletics.com . "But we have not made the on-the-field progress we believe we should.  I believe new leadership gives our coaches and players the best chance to make a fresh start." In three seasons at KU, Weis went 6-22 overall and 1-18 in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) were coming off a 23-0 loss at home to Texas on Saturday. Weis was in the third year of a five-year contract.

  • More than 8,000 take part in Tulsa's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure downtown

    Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    This year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Tulsa on Saturday morning drew more than 8,000 walkers and runners from throughout northeast Oklahoma — and the cause was important both to runners and organizers, Tulsa World reports. "I've been coming out here since the first (Race for the Cure) to support my mom, who's a 27-year survivor," said Christy Southard, executive director of the Tulsa affiliate of Susan G. Komen, who is coordinating her ninth race. "She was a runner and I didn't run, so I would stand and cheer her on from the side(line.)"

  • Russell Westbrook's style profiled by Wall Street Journal

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Russell Westbrook is poised to make his mark on the menswear world, with a collaboration at Barneys. Wall Street Journal deems Westbrook a "fearlessly stylish basketball star" in this latest piece, which details how Westbrook has set himself apartin what's become a pregame fashion show. From WSJ: "This is about Russell Westbrook, style vanguard. You may know that pro basketball is in the middle a style renaissance. Players have been befriending designers and cramming their long legs into the front row at fashion week. There's LeBron James at Michael Bastian. Dwyane Wade at Richard Chai. Tyson Chandler at Alexander Wang. Amar'e Stoudemire at En Noir. The concrete corridors at basketball arenas have become new runways, where fashion-conscious players try to outdo each other before they even step on the hardwood floor. "But even in this style-savvy generation, Mr. Westbrook stands alone. He's the experimenter, the boundary-pusher, the avant-gardist."

  • Tory MP Mark Reckless defects to Ukip

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Mark Reckless, the Tory MP for Rochester and Strood, has become the second Conservative member to defect to Ukip in the space of two months, The Guardian reports. The eurosceptic politician said he had not taken the decision lightly but claimed the Conservative leadership was “part of the problem that is holding our country back”, according to The Guardian.

  • Fire by Chicago airport delays Burlington flights

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    A fire at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility is causing delays in Burlington, an airport official said Friday morning, Burlington Free Press reports. The fire near Chicago Friday morning halted all flights in and out of the city's two airports, O'Hare and Midway, according to Burlington Free Press.

  • Tomorrowworld 2014 kicks off in South Fulton County

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — The Tomorrowworld music festival is a benefit to the South Fulton County economy, bringing in more than $85 million in 2013, WSBTV reports. This year promises to be even bigger, according to WSBTV. The electronic music festival began Friday and some people aren’t as happy as the more than 120,000 in attendance.

  • Apple Loop: iPhone 6 Sells Ten Million, iOS 8.0.2 Update Available, But Does It Bend?

    Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales, #bendgate and Apple’s PR team, the iOS 8 updates, more forced downloads, Apple’s financials, the arrival of HealthKi, and what did the social media world make of the news around Apple, Forbes reports. Apple Loop is here to remind you of a few of the very many discussions that have happened around Apple over the last seven days.

  • ‘Daily Show’ airs segment pitting Redskins fans against Native Americans

    Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” aired its controversial segment Thursday night pitting Washington Redskins fans against Native Americans over the team’s name, Washington Post reports. But the program showed hardly any of the heated footage of the taped confrontation between the two sides, with Stewart opening the segment alluding to public complaints from Redskins fans about being misled by the show, and preparing viewers to expect an edited version of the piece, according to the Washington Post.

  • Derek Jeter's home farewell a sight to behold

    Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    He got cowboy boots in Texas, a surfboard in California and adulation everywhere. But the single gift Derek Jeter wanted most from his final season was the one he has wanted since he was a boy growing up next to a baseball field in Kalamazoo, Mich, New York Times reports. Jeter wanted the best view in New York City, according to New York Times. He wanted something that cannot be bought and something he can never have again. In the end, it meant everything to him.

  • Matt Damon, Cindy Crawford Among the Stars Attending George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's Wedding

    Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin are celebrating their upcoming nuptials in Italy and they have a who's who of Hollywood A-listers to help them, ABC News reports. Upon arriving in Venice earlier this morning, they were photographed on a boat with their two close friends, Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber, who's said to be Clooney's best man, according to ABC News.