Daily Archive: October 4, 2012

National

Debate impressions: Big Bird and body language

by Jocelyn Noveck AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Is Big Bird the new Joe the Plumber? The “Sesame Street” character, its bright yellow fluffiness suddenly evoked by Mitt Romney during Wednesday’s debate, was certainly a star of the evening, garnering a wave of support on social networks and countless affectionate tweets. SHOWDOWN IN DENVER–Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands during the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Oct. 3, in Denver. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) But other than that, it was a night of few memorable sound bites and few zingers. Instead, the format made it a more detailed, substantive evening than usual, most analysts said. And though not all were ready to declare a knockout winner, it was clear that a sharp Romney performance had given the candidate a much-needed boost and put a more reserved president somewhat on the defensive — but with two upcoming debates to tweak his technique.

National

Obama challenges Romney’s candor post-debate

by Julie Pace Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) — Looking for a quick recovery from a disappointing debate, President Barack Obama questioned the identity of the “real” Mitt Romney on Thursday, suggesting his Republican rival had not been candid about his policy positions while on stage. “Gov. Romney may dance around his positions but if you want to be president, you owe the American people the truth,” Obama said at a post-debate rally. YOUNG SUPPORTER–President Barack Obama greets a young supporter during a campaign event at Sloan’s Lake Park, Oct. 4, in Denver. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Obama’s aggressive stand came as his campaign conceded he will have to adjust his debate style. Wednesday’s night event was widely viewed as a win for Romney and a lost opportunity for Obama to connect with the American people as national polls had showed him with a slight advantage heading into their first debate.

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Metro

Pittsburgh Public School District slow in reducing racial disparities

Complaint made 20 years ago, little progress made At the Sept. 26 legislative meeting of the Pittsburgh Public School District, the Board of Directors voted to extend a memorandum of understanding with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission for the continued monitoring of the District’s effort to improve achievement for African-American students and to reduce racial disparities. THOMAS SUMPTER “As long as we’re headed in the right direction with trying to help kids, trying to provide the best education product we can, these issues shouldn’t come up.” said District 3 Rep. Thomas Sumpter at the meeting. “The one question I was going to ask is what specifically is going to be done now that hasn’t been done in the past that’s going to raise achievement in the district. What specifically is going to be done?”

National

Pa. voter ID issue is far from resolved

by Marc Levy Associated Press Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Just because opponents of Pennsylvania’s new law requiring voters to show photo identification won a preliminary injunction in court doesn’t mean the issue or the court case is going away. The law itself has not cleared the constitutional challenges before it, and indications from the state Supreme Court are that the law still faces significant legal problems. PROTESTS CONTINUE–Jacqueline Coles cheers during the NAACP voter ID rally to demonstrate the opposition of Pennsylvania’s new voter identification law, Sept. 13, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez) Meanwhile, the hubbub over the divisive law has awakened new Democratic Party volunteers and prompted the formation of the 175-group Voter ID Coalition. The Democratic Party and the coalition both said Wednesday they will shift their education campaigns to reflect a judge’s day-old decision that voters will not, after all, be required to show photo ID at their polling place.

Sports

Hall of Famer Jerry Rice helps NFL fight obesity

by Barry Wilner Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Rice still runs “The Hill.” He wouldn’t mind having, oh, a million or so youngsters accompanying him on his grueling workouts. The greatest receiver in football history, Rice is helping the NFL and Xbox 360 fight childhood obesity through a program that hopes to encourage 1 million youngsters to become more active. FIGHTING CHILDHOOD OBESITY–In this Dec. 19, 2011, photo, former San Francisco 49er Jerry Rice waves to fans before an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) The “60 Million Minutes Challenge” asks kids of all ages to pledge to be active for 60 minutes every day. It’s part of the NFL’s PLAY 60 program, a new initiative launched Monday.

Business

Facebook now home to 1 billion monthly users

by Barbara Ortutay AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — More than a billion people now log into Facebook each month to check up on old friends, tag photos of new ones and post about politics, religion, cats or what their kids are doing. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a “fireside chat” at a conference organized by technology blog TechCrunch in San Francisco. Zuckerberg updated his Facebook status on Oct. 4, to announce that the social networking site has more than 1 billion active users each month. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) That’s double the 500 million it hit in July 2010 — what now seems like a lifetime but was a little more than two years ago. August 2008 marked another milestone, 100 million. The latest milestone also amounts to nearly half of the world’s roughly 2.5 billion Internet users, as measured by the International Telecommunications Union.

Opinion

Weathering the backlash from Arab Spring

(NNPA)–Now that the so-called Arab Spring has sprung, we are beginning to feel the recoil, and it hurts. Who knows how much more it’s going to hurt in the next few months or so? All of the countries that sprang up against their leaders, which resulted in thousands of deaths, subsequent chaos, and geopolitical upheaval, are now trying to figure out what their next move will be. And what are the implications for the United States in this aftermath of the Arab Spring?