The Week: Most Recent Home Page Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 21 Aug 2014 03:59:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Home Page Posts from THE WEEKThu, 21 Aug 2014 03:59:00 -0400This college library is 11,000 square feet and will never hold a single book</P><p>Students at Florida Polytechnic University had better hope the internet never goes down on campus.</p><p>Florida Polytechnic University is new &mdash; it has only been open a few days &mdash; and features an Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, where most of the college's 500 students will take classes. On the second floor, students will be able to talk to librarians and have access to a digital catalog of 135,000 e-books, but there won't be a single paper book unless someone brings it in on their own.</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>From @LibraryJournal: New Florida University Unveils (gorgeous!) Bookless Library http...</p></blockquote></center> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 21 Aug 2014 03:59:00 -0400Russia shuts down several Moscow McDonald's, claims it has nothing to do with Ukraine</P><p>The Russian consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor closed down at least four McDonald's in Moscow on Wednesday, saying it found multiple, undisclosed sanitary violations. Among those suspended is the symbolically important Golden Arches in Pushkin Square, the first McDonald's in Russia, opened in January 1990, about two years before the collapse of the Soviet Union.</p><p>McDonald's gets all its ingredients for its 438 Russian locations in Russia, so it isn't affected by the recent ban on Western agricultural products. Finding health violations at a McDonald's isn't totally implausible, but this...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:26:00 -0400Laura Ingalls Wilder's slightly risqu&eacute; autobiography is finally being published</P><p>If you've ever longed for a NSFW edition of <em>Little House on the Prairie</em>, it's coming this fall.</p><p><em>Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography</em> isn't really that scandalous, but it does contain material that Laura Ingalls Wilder felt was unsuitable for children. Wilder tried to get the material published during the 1930s, but there wasn't any interest. "It's just that that first version was blunt, it was honest," Amy Lauters, an associate professor of mass media at Minnesota State University-Mankato, told<em> The Associated Press. </em>"You can read <em>Pioneer Girl </em>as nonfiction rather than fiction and get a better...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 21 Aug 2014 03:22:00 -0400Hamas says 3 senior leaders killed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza</P><p>Hamas says that three senior military leaders are dead following an Israeli airstrike early Thursday in the Gaza Strip.</p><p>Hamas announced the deaths of Mohammed Abu Shamaleh, Mohammed Barhoum, and Raed al-Attar in a text message to the media, <em>The Associated Press</em> says. The three militants were reportedly killed near the town of Rafah.</p><p>Palestinian police and health workers say three other people were also killed, and dozens are trapped in the rubble of the four-story building that was hit in the strike.</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 21 Aug 2014 02:17:00 -0400Report: ISIS wanted cash, not policy changes, for James Foley's release</P><p class="p1">When a masked Briton murdered U.S. journalist James Foley on camera, he said it was in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets, and threatened to execute another American captive unless President Obama stopped the attacks. In fact, ISIS wanted something more mundane, $100 million in ransom, a Foley family representative and a former fellow hostage tell <em>The New York Times</em>.</p><p class="p2">ISIS had other demands for the release of Foley and the three other Americans it is holding captive, including a prisoner swap, but the U.S. refused to pay the ransom. Britain also refused...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:51:00 -0400Attorney General Eric Holder visits students in Ferguson, vows 'change is coming'</P><p>During his trip to Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met with students at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, and said that "change is coming."</p><p>"He told us we are the future and we need to stay focused on getting our education," student Molyric Welch told the <em>St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "</em>We talked about how things can be changed, and how it has to start with us, the younger generation," added student Dominique McCoy.</p><p>Holder discussed how much attention was being placed on Ferguson, and how the situation had become bigger than the town. "The eyes of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 21 Aug 2014 01:37:00 -0400Officials are exploring possible link between James Foley's abduction and 3 British citizens</P><p>There could be a connection between the November 2012 kidnapping of journalist James Foley and three British citizens who were alleged foreign fighters linked with ISIS, <em>The Daily Beast</em>'s Josh Rogin and Eli Lake report.</p><p>It's unclear if the men were part of the cell that abducted Foley, but they were taken into custody in Britain just two weeks before Foley was picked up at an internet access spot. Shajul Islam, a doctor, was arrested and charged with the false imprisonment of two Western journalists, kidnapped in Syria in July 2012. His brother, Najul, and an associate, Jubayer Chowdury, were...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 21 Aug 2014 00:43:00 -0400Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Ferguson: 'I'm sick of it'</P><p>Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), currently the only African-American state governor in the country, had some strong words to say Wednesday about the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri.</p><p>"I'm sick of it," said Patrick, when asked about it by the local Fox station in Boston.</p><p >I'm sick of unarmed black men being shot by police. I'm sick of the lawlessness on the streets. I think everybody's tired. When are we gonna get through with this kind of thing? I'm hopeful, with the Attorney General of the United States going out, that federal law enforcement will be fully engaged, and I hope bring...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric KleefeldWed, 20 Aug 2014 23:26:00 -0400Study of kids finds unexpected link between artistic skills, intelligence scores, and genetics</P><p>Researchers at King's College London have found that there is a link between how children draw at age 4 and their thinking skills at 14. But, don't get too excited, parents; the association is modest, and just because you think your preschooler is Picasso doesn't mean he will be a teenage Einstein.</p><p>Study participants &mdash; 7,700 pairs of 4-year-old identical and fraternal twins in England &mdash; were asked to draw pictures of a child. Each was scored depending on the number of body parts drawn, from zero to 12. The participants also took verbal and nonverbal intelligence tests at 4 and 14....</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaWed, 20 Aug 2014 22:59:00 -0400In foiled U.S. attempt to rescue James Foley, U.S. ground forces directly battled ISIS militants</P><p>A secret operation in Syria earlier this summer to rescue journalist James Foley and other hostages held by ISIS was unsuccessful, the Pentagon announced Wednesday, because they were not at the location targeted.</p><p>Senior administration officials told ABC News that the "substantial and complex" operation was authorized by President Obama, after "a broad collection of intelligence" caused them to believe that the hostages were at a specific location. "Intelligence is not a perfect science," one official said, adding that "the truth is, we don't know" how it failed.</p><p>Officials are not sharing too...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaWed, 20 Aug 2014 20:55:00 -0400The richer you are, the more likely you are to think participation trophies are bunk</P><p class="p1">Sorry, losers, but a 57 percent majority of Americans say that when it comes to kids and sports, only winners should get trophies, according to a new <em>Reason</em> survey. Meanwhile, only 40 percent channel Oprah in saying everyone should get a prize.</p><p class="p1">Lurking beneath the topline numbers, though, is an interesting demographic finding: Rich people are way more opposed to participation trophies than those who are less wealthy. Among those who make less than $30,000 per year, 55 percent think everyone should get a trophy. At the other end of the spectrum, among those making $110,000 per year and up, three...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:58:00 -0400Starbucks is bringing 'coffee trucks' to college campuses</P><p>Starbucks is banking on young people's love of food trucks: The chain announced plans to roll out "coffee trucks" at college campuses across the country.</p><p>The trucks will be operated by Aramark, the food service company behind many college dining halls. The coffee trucks will soon appear at Arizona State University, James Madison University in Virginia, and Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina.</p><p>Aside from practical reasons &mdash; the trucks can move throughout the day to follow students from dorm to lecture halls to maximize profits &mdash; the plan combines two of the things stereotypical...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:19:00 -0400Matt Weiner says Mad Men would have had a lot more 'nakedness and violence' on HBO</P><p class="p1">AMC's <em>Mad Men </em>is one of the most acclaimed shows in television &mdash; but what if series creator Matt Weiner had been able to tell a <em>truly</em> uncensored story? In a recent Ask Me Anything on Reddit, Weiner was asked how different <em>Mad Men</em> would be if it had aired on HBO &mdash; where he had originally pitched the series &mdash; instead of AMC, where he was required to conform to the standards of basic cable.</p><p class="p3">"HBO has an insatiable appetite for nakedness and violence so there would have been a lot more of that," wrote Weiner. "That may sound like a missed opportunity for some people but I have enjoyed...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:08:00 -0400Study: Exercise improves kids' brains</P><p>New research has found that exercise may benefit children not only physically, but mentally as well.</p><p>A study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, published in the journal <em>Frontiers in Human Neuroscience</em>, found that aerobic exercise has "a positive role in brain and cognitive health of children." Children who are in better shape, the study found, have more healthy white matter in their brains than children in worse shape. White matter is linked to memory and attention skills, which are critical in child development.</p><p>The study, led by Laura Chaddock-Heyman, is the first study to determine...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:01:00 -0400How 5 real teens are planning to pay for college<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>When you think about teenagers today, "forethought" and "practicality" probably aren't the first words that come to mind.</p><p>But if recent research is any indication, adolescents may be a lot more prudent than we've been giving them credit for &mdash; especially when it comes to saving for college.</p><p>In fact, the 2014 Teen College Savings Barometer study found that as many as 93 percent of teens said stashing away cash for school was a priority for them &mdash; and 91 percent expected to cover at least some of their own higher-education costs.</p><p>Needless to say, the numbers piqued our interest. But...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Geraldine CampbellWed, 20 Aug 2014 15:56:00 -0400Vulnerable Democratic Senator Mark Pryor embraces ObamaCare in new ad</P><p class="p1">Remember when ObamaCare was going to doom Democrats in the midterms? To be sure, it could still drag down some Democrats who have the misfortune of running in highly competitive races. But to judge from this new campaign video, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor (D) &mdash; himself one of those unfortunate incumbents facing a tough re-election fight &mdash; doesn't think so.</p><center><iframe width="600" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></center><p class="p1">When ObamaCare faltered out of the gate last year, it gave Republicans a huge edge in the anecdotal messaging war. But after the initial glitches, the law started working more or less as intended: enrollments hit the administration...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:12:00 -0400