Saturday, January 25, 2014
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Colonel Bob Freniere stands
outside his van.
Michael Bryant/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT
By Julie Zauzmer
The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT)
PHILADELPHIA - After a 30-year military career in which he earned three graduate degrees, rose to the rank of colonel, and served as an aide to Pentagon brass, Robert Freniere can guess what people might say when they learn he's unemployed and lives out of his van:
Why doesn't this guy get a job as a janitor?
Freniere answers his own question: "Well, I've tried that."
Freniere, 59, says that his plea for help, to a janitor he once praised when the man was mopping the floors of his Washington office, went unfulfilled. So have dozens of job applications, he says, the ones he has filled out six hours a day, day after day, on public library computers.
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
James Myles plays guitar at
the Minneapolis Central
Library Teen Tech Center
Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)
By Katie Humphrey
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)(MCT)
MINNEAPOLIS - Ridwa Yakob knew what libraries had: books.
Then she saw the Teen Tech Center at the Minneapolis Central Library. This digital playground, which opened in 2013, has rows of new computers, iPads, the latest video equipment and even its own soundproof recording studio.
"Growing up, I used to be super into reading. That's what I thought libraries were for," said Yakob, 18, of Minneapolis. Now she's a member of the Teen Tech Squad at the library, helping her peers with all sorts of high-tech resources, learning as she goes. "It gives me access to tools I don't have at home."
Shhhhhhh. You may not know it, but libraries have quietly become community tech hubs where the digital tools go far beyond computer terminals with free Internet. Across the metro area, their offerings are expanding as libraries help patrons tinker with 3-D printers, e-readers and social media. A growing catalog of e-books and e-magazines, combined with other online tools, extend resources far beyond the library walls.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Kim Jong Un (left)
SEOUL — North Korea ordered its businessmen to return from China in connection with the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, who had been considered the second highest-ranking leader in the Stalinist state, a South Korean news report said Saturday.
Jang Song Thaek, who was executed Thursday, was believed to have been in charge of promoting economic relations with China, and many of the charges against him focused on his ties to Beijing, Pyongyang's only major international ally.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
By Monte Morin
Los Angeles Times (MCT)
Peering far deeper than ever before into humanity's murky genetic past, scientists sequenced the DNA of an ancient European relative and found a puzzling connection to the Far East.
The genetic sample came from a 400,000-year-old thigh bone pulled from the cold, damp depths of a Spanish cave called Sima de los Huesos, or "Pit of Bones." Researchers surmised that it belonged to an extinct species of hominin known as Homo heidelbergensis, a direct ancestor of Neanderthals, and they expected it to resemble DNA extracted from of a handful of Neanderthal bones found in Spain, Croatia and other sites in Europe.
They were wrong.
By Alex Martinet
On a clear day on an interstate highway, the table was set to make the perfect score. I was weaving in and out of traffic trying to further my distance from three police cars that were approaching my rear bumper. They have the gadgets to impede my progress, but I have one trick up my sleeve. "Need for Speed: Rivals" is the next installment in the racing franchise, and it's a standout among the launch titles.
"Rivals" uses a simple concept and takes elements from other "Need for Speed" titles, including "Most Wanted," "The Run" and "Hot Pursuit," helping to make this the ultimate greatest hit for the series. "Hot Pursuit," released in 2011, introduced the series-standard Autolog. Autolog is a crucial part of what makes the new game work. It tracks your career in "Rivals" by keeping tabs of your
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
By Peter Janssen dpa (MCT)
BANGKOK — Anti-government protesters took a break from weeks of demonstrations Saturday to prepare for a final push to topple the administration of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban set Monday as the final battle in their campaign to oust the premier and end the political influence of her elder brother, fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
"On Monday, December 9, this struggle needs to end," Suthep told a crowd of supporters at the Government Complex in northern Bangkok, which they have occupied since Nov. 27.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Thursday, November 07, 2013
By Chris Riemenschneider
Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT)
MINNEAPOLIS — Before saying goodbye in a trans-Atlantic phone conversation Monday, Grant Hart suddenly asked, "What time is it back home?"
Talking from the London offices of his new record label, Domino (home to the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand), the Twin Cities music vet rather ominously explained why he needed the time: "I'm expecting a phone call from a lawyer in Los Angeles."
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
By Robert Workman
Ever since its release earlier this year, "Star Wars Pinball" has dominated the genre handily. How couldn't it? With impeccable design that hews straight from the films and legacy, and superb gameplay additions that will keep you competitively flipping, it's the kind of thing that demands expansion, just to see what's next.
Zen Studios has done just that with "Balance of the Force." This new add-on features three all-new tables based on bits and pieces of the Star Wars universe. You've got a table dedicated to the villainy of Darth Vader; one based upon the third film in the original trilogy, "Return of the Jedi"; and a third that's entirely original, allowing you to play as either Rebel or Imperial pilots in "Starfighter Assault."