The Week: Most Recent Home Page Posts recent posts.en-usTue, 21 Oct 2014 22:29:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Home Page Posts from THE WEEKTue, 21 Oct 2014 22:29:00 -0400Missouri governor forms commission to address underlying causes of Ferguson protests</P><p>On Tuesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) announced he is creating a commission to discuss the "social and economic conditions" that helped fuel the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August.</p><p>Nixon said the panel, which will be called the Ferguson Commission, will act with the "full authority" of Nixon's office. He will select 15 people to participate, and interested parties can submit applications on the state's website. "We need to solve these problems ourselves," Nixon said during a press conference. "We need to solve them together, and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaTue, 21 Oct 2014 22:29:00 -0400Obama: For Ben Bradlee, journalism 'a public good vital to our democracy'</P><p>The White House released this statement from President Obama, on the death of former <em>Washington Post</em> editor Ben Bradlee:</p><p >"For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession &ndash; it was a public good vital to our democracy. A true newspaperman, he transformed the <em>Washington Post</em> into one of the country&rsquo;s finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told &ndash; stories that helped us understand our world and one another a little bit better. The standard he set &ndash...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric KleefeldTue, 21 Oct 2014 21:37:00 -0400Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor who led Watergate coverage, dies at 93</P><p>Benjamin C. Bradlee, the venerable <em>Washington Post </em>editor who guided the newspaper's rise to prominence during his 26 year career, died Tuesday at his home in Washington of natural causes. He was 93.</p><p>Bradlee took over the newsroom in 1965, and while serving as the managing editor and executive editor, circulation nearly doubled, as did the newsroom staff, the <em>Post </em>reports. Bradlee opened bureaus around the country, stationed correspondents around the world, created the paper's ombudsman position, and started the Style section.</p><p>Along with publisher Katharine Graham, Bradlee decided to print stories...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaTue, 21 Oct 2014 21:18:00 -0400Toys R Us pulls Breaking Bad toys from its shelves</P><p>The crusade of one mom in Florida has paid off, with the store chain Toys R Us announcing that it will no longer sell action figures based on the show <em>Breaking Bad</em>.</p><p >Toys R Us told The Associated Press late Tuesday that the dolls are being removed on its website and shelves and are taking an "indefinite sabbatical." The retailer has maintained that the dolls are sold in limited quantities in the adult action figure area of its stores. [AP]</p><p>The toys for the popular show feature the anti-hero protagonist Walter White and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman, dressed in their lab gear and equipped with beakers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric KleefeldTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:44:00 -0400How to make corn dogs<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Correct me if I'm wrong, but the corn dog needs no introduction. He's classic, he's fun, he's always excited. There's nothing to be taken too seriously here, folks, and luckily the process of making your own isn't too serious either. It's simply a matter of whipping up a basic cornmeal batter, using it to coat your wiener of choice, and then deep-frying it. The oil's gotta be deep &mdash; really deep. And listen, I've never been the hugest fan of getting a deep fry setup going because things tend to get kind of sloppy, so when I do, you know it's worth it.</p><p>This is a recipe for a basic and delicious...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Molly YehTue, 21 Oct 2014 17:37:00 -0400Top Republican official: Wisconsin voters aren't 'sharp'</P><p class="p1">A co-chairwoman with the Republican National Committee says the Wisconsin gubernatorial race will be a close one, in part because some voters in the state aren't too bright.</p><p class="p1">"I don't want to say anything about your Wisconsin voters, but some of them might not be as sharp as a knife," RNC co-chair Sharon Day told a gathering of GOPers in Wisconsin on Monday, according to the <em>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel</em>.</p><p class="p1">Incumbent Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is a marginal favorite to win re-election, though polls have shown the race tightening down the stretch.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:22:00 -0400Archaeologists discover 6,000-year-old temple in Ukraine</P><p>The fact that Ukraine's temple is 6,000 years old isn't even the most interesting fact about this discovery &mdash; researchers suspect the site was used for ritual animal sacrifices.</p><p>The 197' by 66' temple, found within a prehistoric settlement, contained "human-like figurines and sacrificed animal remains" in its courtyard, <em>LiveScience </em>reports. The researchers concluded that the two-story temple, which was made of clay and wood, was built before writing existed.</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>6,000-year-old temple with possible sacrificial altars found in Ukraine:</p>&mdash...</blockquote></center> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:53:00 -0400Wendy Davis questions GOP rival, who is married to a Latina, about his stance on interracial marriage</P><p>Democrat Wendy Davis, who is campaigning for governor of Texas, is taking a retro approach to her campaign, accusing her Republican challenger Greg Abbott of "refusing to say" what his position is on interracial marriage bans.</p><p>The issue, Fox News reports, came up after Wisconsin attorney general candidate Brad Schimel initially claimed he would have defended an interracial marriage ban decades ago, "just as he'd defend a gay-marriage ban today, even if it might be 'distasteful.'"</p><p>Despite the fact that no such ban on interracial marriage exists, and there isn't a ban up for proposal, Abbott was...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Teresa MullTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:28:00 -0400FX cancels The Bridge</P><p>After two seasons, FX has pulled the plug on its drama <em>The Bridge</em>, which followed two police detectives (Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir) investigating crimes on the border between the United States and Mexico.</p><p>Fortunately for <em>Bridge</em> fans, there's still a chance for reprieve; according to <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>, Shine America, which launched the series, plans to shop to other networks &mdash; leaving open the possibility for a deal similar to the one that earned <em>The Killing</em> a final season on Netflix.</p><p> </p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:16:00 -0400The women who shaped the computer age<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>One key element of <em>The Innovators</em>, Walter Isaacson's new book on technological history and culture &mdash; and the focus of an upcoming <em>World Science Festival</em> event &mdash; is the unsung contributions that women have been making since the earliest days of computers. The book opens and closes with Ada Lovelace, who channeled her imagination and gift for numbers into a love for "poetical science" (apropos, given that she was the daughter of Lord Byron) and is often recognized as the author of the first computer program.</p><p>The history of women and computers is hard to compile, because many key contributions...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Roxanne PalmerTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:02:00 -0400Obama: 'Actually, I'm doing pretty good' as president</P><p>In his sixth year as president, Obama says he's "doing pretty good."</p><p>President Obama told a group of donors at a dinner benefiting the Democratic National Committee Monday that he "loves the work" of being president, and that it's "an extraordinary privilege to every single day work on behalf of the American people."</p><p>When people ask him how he's doing, he says, "actually, I'm doing pretty good."</p><p>While Obama may be doing good <em>work</em> by serving the American people, the public doesn't think he's performing particularly well in his job: Obama's approval rating has sunk to an all-time low.</p> <a href="">More</a>By Teresa MullTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:52:00 -0400Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor called desegregation an 'unwilling invasion'</P><p>The <em>Washington Free Beacon</em>'s Alana Goodman got a hold of Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor's 1985 college thesis. It's a doozy.</p><p>From the report:</p><p >"Arkansas has been invaded unwillingly twice. Once in reality and once figuratively," wrote Pryor.</p><p >"The Civil War provided the real invasion. The figurative invasion took place in 1957 at Little Rock Central High School. That event took a local problem out of the local authorities' hands. The federal government had again forced its will on the people of Arkansas." [<em>Washington Free Beacon]</em></p><p>Yeesh. <br /><br />Pryor, who is up for re-election in November, and Democratic...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:30:00 -0400The hoverboard is real -- and you can ride it</P><p>Rumors of a <em>Back to the Future</em>-style hoverboard have circled the internet for years, but Engadget reports that hoverboards really do exist. And they would know: <em>Engadget</em>'s associate editor Sean Buckley apparently rode one.</p><p>The hoverboard in question was created by Arx Pax, a California startup. Arx Pax created a Kickstarter crowdfunding project for the Hendo Hoverboard, which it's billing as "the world's first REAL hoverboard." The company claims it invented a new hover engine technology that will allow users to ride "a self-powered, levitating platform with enough power to lift a fully grown...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:15:00 -0400WHO: Ebola vaccine trials could begin in January</P><p>An official for the World Health Organization announced Tuesday that experimental Ebola vaccines &mdash; in as many as tens of thousands of doses &mdash; could be ready for testing in January.</p><p>Assistant Director General for the WHO Dr. Marie Paule Kieny, said that the "real-world" testing could begin after clinical trials in Africa, Europe, and the United States. Data from at least two of the vaccines, one of which is now in clinical trials, is expected by December. Kieny clarified that the volunteers who participate in the vaccines' testing could not contract Ebola from the trials.</p><p>The WHO's...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:33:00 -04005 baffling foreign-language versions of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song<img src="" /></P><p>Most of the time, when an American TV show is sold to other language markets, the opening theme song stays as is. But sometimes, especially if the theme song contains crucial background details, the song will be translated and re-recorded. The '90s hit <em>The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air</em> was also a hit in various dubbed versions all over the world. People wanted to know what that intro, which obviously tells a story, was all about. Here are five foreign language versions of the opening theme song that really put their own twist on the famous origin story.</p><h4>1. HUNGARIAN</h4><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p> </p><p><strong>Show title:</strong> <em>Kaliforni&aacute...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/arika-okrent" ><span class="byline">Arika Okrent</span></a>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:11:00 -0400North Korea frees one of three American prisoners</P><p class="p1">North Korea has released Jeffrey Fowle, one of three American prisoners held by the Hermit Kingdom, the State Department said Tuesday.</p><p class="p1">The White House had been trying for months to secure the release of Fowle and two other American prisoners, Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae. Last month, North Korea sentenced Miller to six years of hard labor for allegedly committing "hostile acts" against the country.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:07:00 -0400