The Daily Need

Friday morning roundup

Culture:

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced competing “rallies,” planned for the same day on the national mall.  Stewart’s is called the “Rally to Restore Sanity,” and Colbert’s is called “March to Keep Fear Alive.”  The news comes in the wave of Glenn Beck’s recent “Restoring Honor” rally, which happened on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Photo: AP/Mark J. Terrill

Health:

Researchers are  re-examining the treatment for children with ADHD, which has commonly included the administration of powerful anti-psychotic drugs.  A new study from New York’s Stony Brook University of Medicine indicates that doctors may be far too quick to use such drugs, when stimulants can suffice.

Environment:

The California Energy Commission gave Chevron Corp. the go ahead for construction of the world’s largest solar power plant.  The six-billion dollar project will have capacity for 1000 megawatts, which is higher than the combined total of  all U.S. solar plants last year.

Security:

The Seattle cartoonist responsible for the controversial, “Draw Mohammed Day” reportedly has been urged to go into hiding by the FBI.  The Seattle Weekly is reporting that she is moving, “changing her name and essentially wiping away her identity.”

Economy:

It looks like the merger of United Airlines and Continental will pass today, with the majority of shareholders approving of the move.  The new company will retain the name United, and will feature all new signage and branding.

 
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