Archive for March 10th, 2010

KMBC — Car Chases Can’t Outrun Helicopters

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Authorities say that on Monday, 39-year-old Jeffery Haywood led police on a chase through Kansas City.
The chase began when Haywood, who was wanted for felony warrants in both Kansas and Missouri, fled from police along with a female passenger.

KMBC — Mom Says Driver Left Boys On School Bus

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

An Independence Public schools representative said a bus driver for the district did not follow protocol when he left two boys on a bus at the end of his route Monday.
Nino and Chaz Florido said they were scared when a substitute bus driver missed their stop.
“I thought maybe it was going to be another way to get home, but it wasn’t,” Nino said.

Cyber-bullying cases put heat on Google, Facebook

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

(Reuters) – The Internet was built on freedom of expression. Society wants someone held accountable when that freedom is abused. And major Internet companies like Google and Facebook are finding themselves caught between those ideals.

KMBC — Police ID Girl Hit, Killed By School Bus

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010


Police released the name of a 9-year-old girl struck and killed by a school bus last week.
Patience N. Cary was hit at 67th Street and Parkview Avenue on Thursday.

Panasonic ties with Best Buy for 3D TV promotion

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

(Reuters) – Panasonic Corp will launch its 3D televisions in the United States on Wednesday, and work with top U.S. electronics retailer Best Buy Co to promote the products, the Japanese electronics maker said.

Wired — Student’s Facebook Tirade Against Teacher Is Protected Speech

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010


NFL signs mobile phone deal with Verizon Wireless

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

(Reuters) – The NFL has signed a four-year agreement with Verizon Wireless to show live games and highlights on mobile phones in a deal U.S. media reported was worth $720 million.

David Limbaugh — Obama Stops at Nothing for Obamacare

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

President Barack Obama obviously has no qualms about slandering people or industries that interfere with his agenda. In the same creepy manner he defamed the Cambridge Police Department without the benefit of the facts, he is scapegoating the insurance companies based on his distorted version of facts.

In the past week, he has ratcheted up his war on insurance companies, who, he apparently figures, must be destroyed if he is to accomplish his Utopian dream of socialized healthcare. He made them the focus of his wrath again, in his umpteenth healthcare speech, Monday in Philadelphia.

Cisco leapfrogs rivals with faster router

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

(Reuters) – Cisco Systems Inc introduced its first major new routers in six years and said they can be configured to handle Internet traffic up to 12 times faster than rival products.

Sony, Samsung detail 3D TV plans

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

(Reuters) – Sony and Samsung announced plans to introduce 3D televisions in coming months, betting they will become the next hot products in an increasingly crowded electronics industry.

Wired — 500-Horsepower Plug-In Porsche Makes Us Swoon

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Power from the engine and the rear motor hits the street through a seven-speed PDK gearbox. The front motor turns the front wheels through a fixed ratio. Juice for the motors is stored in a lithium-ion battery mounted behind the seats. No specs on the pack.

Porsche gave the car four modes. E-Drive is for tooling around under electricity alone, and you’ve got a range of 16 miles. Choose Hybrid Mode and you’re using gas and electricity as the circumstances dictate. Sport Hybrid mode tips the gas-electric equation in favor of performance, sending most of the power to the rear wheels and using torque vectoring to keep things under control. Flip the switch to Race Hybrid mode and everything is tuned to maximum performance. If the battery’s carrying enough juice, the motors provide a push-to-pass burst of energy at the touch of a button.

Herbert London — Fear Has Trumped Free Speech in the West

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Jake Witzenfeld, president of Cambridge University’s Israel Society canceled a talk by Benny Morris, a distinguished Israeli historian, for fear the Israel Society would be portrayed as a mouthpiece for Islamophobia.

The trial of Geert Wilders, in Holland, has received almost no attention from the media panjandrums in the West for fear the issue might lead to Muslim incitement, particularly in cities like Rotterdam where the Islamic population is near a majority.

Yale University Press refused to publish cartoons about the Prophet Mohammed in a book about the cartoons and the aftermath of the original publication, for fear of a possible violent response from Islamic adherents.

Wired — 21st-Century Shooters Are No Country for Old Men

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

I’m currently embedded in MAG, the new PlayStation 3 shooter that puts up to 256 players on the same battlefield. And at first, the notion of running and gunning with so many other people is exhilarating. But after all these shots to the head, I feel like this most complex of shooters may only be navigable by younger players with the free time to learn how to handle a hundred human foes.

I’m 37, and I’ve been gaming since the Atari 2600. Last year, at the peak of Modern Warfare 2 mania, I found myself in a hip Hollywood bar celebrating the birthday of an old college buddy. We’re all in our mid-thirties. As usual in a crowd of aging, buzzed geeks, the conversation veered toward videogames – specifically, the prowess of the young punks swarming the Call of Duty servers.

The Carrie Effect — Maggie Gallagher

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

I believe I was the first person, in the National Review cover story “The Carrie Effect,” to publicly credit the impact of Carrie Prejean. Pre-Carrie, even most conservative media outlets avoided gay marriage. Carrie gave Fox News and major radio talk show hosts a vehicle for talking about the issue that they understood and liked. The general public was exposed to the truth that the majority continue to oppose gay marriage and that gay marriage advocates are not about tolerance but about imposing their views and punishing dissent, I argued.

But now, a polling expert, Patrick Murray, founding director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, agrees about the Carrie Effect: “So what momentous event occurred in April 2009 to cause this shift in opinion? It was the Miss Universe contest, when Miss California, Carrie Prejean, announced that she was personally opposed to gay marriage. The ensuing media storm was fast and furious, with the number of press articles on gay marriage doubling during those weeks.” (He opines that public opinion has since reverted, but offers no specific numbers.)

Pakistani musician to perform, meet with students during two-day visit to KU

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Contact: Diana Carlin, Department of Communication Studies, (785) 864-9875,

Pakistani musician to perform, meet with students during two-day visit to KU

LAWRENCE - Pakistani rock star, United Nations goodwill ambassador, physician and author Salman Ahmad will perform a concert and sign copies of his book “Rock and Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star’s Revolution” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Ahmad, founder of South Asian rock band Junoon, which sold 30 million albums, is making his third appearance at the University of Kansas since 2002. He will speak to the University Scholars’ Rhetoric of the Nobel Prize class about his experiences performing at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2006 and 2008. He also will meet with student groups during his two-day visit to campus.

His wife, Samina, who also is a physician, will present a brown bag talk at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center on her work with women and children in South Asia. The event is free and open to the public.

“Rock and Roll Jihad” is an autobiographical look at one person’s attempt to use music to bridge cultural differences. Junoon performed a benefit concert for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in October 2001 in New York. The band’s first English language single, “No More,” was dedicated to the victims. Junoon created controversy among political and religious leaders for playing a concert in India and using a line from the Quran in one of their songs. A BBC/PBS/WideAngle documentary titled “The Rock Star and the Mullahs” chronicled the controversies.

The Ahmads’ visit is sponsored by the University Honors Program, International Programs, International Student Association, Pakistani Student Association and Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center.


KU: School of Business offers new online course for nonmajors

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Contact: Toni Dixon, School of Business, (785) 864-4449,

School of Business offers new online course for nonmajors

LAWRENCE – Nonbusiness majors at the University of Kansas will have a new way to learn about information systems through an online course that will be available in the fall.

IST 205 Survey of Information Systems is one of the six required courses in the business minor. The online offering of IST 205 will be conducted entirely on Blackboard and will be first made available to non-Lawrence students.

“This is the first online course in the School of Business,” said Mark Best, lecturer in business. “We’re hoping to give more flexibility to students at the Edwards Campus or students hoping to transfer credit to other schools.”

Students will use Blackboard, a Web-based classroom environment, to gain hands-on practice in information systems technology. IST 205 online will cover a range of topics, including computer software and hardware, databases, e-business and e-commerce, Microsoft Excel and information security.

“Students interested in taking IST 205 online will have to be motivated and responsible in order to complete assignments on time,” Best said. “They will be able to test out the theories we discuss in the course. I’ll be doing some live online meetings with students and using the Wiki tool and discussion board on Blackboard to enhance communication and student collaboration.”

Although IST 205 is the only class available online, the School of Business plans to add more online classes in the near future, including at least one graduate course. IST 205 online will be restricted to non-Lawrence students until Aug. 1. Students interested in taking IST 205 online must contact Continuing Education at (785) 864-5823 for enrollment information.


Mary Pilcher-Cook on State Sovereignty: Senate Judiciary Health Care Freedom Amendment hearing

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

There will be a Senate Judiciary Health Care Freedom Amendment (SCR 1626) subcommittee hearing this Thursday morning, March 11, at 8:00 a.m.

The focus will be on the constitutional aspects of the proposed amendment.  Therefore, I have invited two constitutional scholars to give testimony.

I have been given some indication that Subcommittee Chairman John Vratil has invited several legal professors to testify as well. (more…)