Legendary pop star Michael Jackson died Thursday at a Los Angeles hospital. Check out Jackson obits from USA Today and MSNBC.com. Take a look at photo galleries of MJ from the Los Angeles Times and BBC News, and check out the Michael Jackson YouTube channel. Michael Jackson was occasionally a topic of discussion on the [...]
The Obama administration, which has created several “dot gov” Web sites to coincide with its policy initiatives, has created Serve.gov. The latest dot gov is a site that helps volunteers find service work in their community, as well as register volunteer organizations and share volunteer stories. The President and First Lady are also calling on [...]
“Web 2.0” became the one-millionth English word Wednesday (Does “one-millionth” count as a word?), according to The Global Language Monitor, a Texas-based Web site that tracks the creation of new English words. One million English words? (And does “one million” count as one word or as two words that contribute to a one-word idea?) “Nonsense!” [...]
President Obama’s highly anticipated speech Thursday morning in Cairo has received a variety of responses from communities in the Middle East. Obama began his speech with the Arabic greeting “As-Salamu Alaykum” and attempted to balance competing interests throughout the region in his address. How successful he was at doing that remains to be seen. But [...]
Based on recommendations from a 60-day cyberspace policy review, President Obama announced Friday that he will appoint a cyber-security czar to oversee the security of government and business computer networks and to guard against an attack on our digital infrastructure or, as he called it, a “weapon of mass disruption.” Now, if you’re concerned that [...]
A day after the California Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to uphold the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages (a.k.a. Proposition 8), the case is going federal. The attorneys on opposite ends of the 2000 Bush v. Gore presidential court battle (how weird is that?) have asked a federal judge in San Francisco to block California from [...]
In a report out this week, the Economic Policy Institute says that more than half of African American children will likely be living in poverty next year. The numbers are staggering. The overall childhood poverty rate will climb to 27% and the poverty rate for African American children will reach 52.3% in 2010.
President Obama delivered the first of three commencement addresses Wednesday night at Arizona State University. He urged young people to “step up” and even mentioned the dust-up over his not receiving an honorary degree from the university. Next stops for the president: the University of Notre Dame and the United States Naval Academy.
Before you drop a lot of cash on your mother this weekend, keep a few things in mind. First, Mother’s Day began as an anti-war protest and was not intended to be the commercial holiday that it’s become. Second, flower retailers are gearing up for you to send humongous bouquets to the mothers in your [...]
Do you get your information from newspapers, on television, on the radio or online? Do you think everyone in your community has access to the networks they need (online or in-person) to find important information? How would you improve the quality of information available to the general public? Fascinating questions, huh? Even more fascinating when [...]