Darren’s Daily Dose of News – April 17, 2009

darrensdailydoseofnewsSocial networks such as Twitter may blunt people’s sense of reality, claim brain scientists. New evidence shows the digital explosion of information from networking sites could have long-term damaging effects on the emotional development of young people’s brains.  The danger is that heavy Twitters and Facebook users could become indifferent to the emotions of people.  ***MARLAR: You mean they’ll become Simon Cowell?


A 13-year-old boy was caught red-handed after robbing a bank in Peoria on Monday. The unidentified boy was charged with felony armed robbery in juvenile court, accused of threatening a teller with a gun and demanding cash. He was found hiding in a nearby garage about 30 minutes after Monday’s robbery, stained red from a dye pack that had been placed in the bag of money. “It’s the youngest person I can remember,” said Sheriff Michael McCoy, a four-decade veteran of the sheriff’s office.  ***MARLAR: It wasn’t difficult to find him – he was the only boy in the neighborhood who’s bicycle was rigged with a basket.


Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made a deal to star in NBC’s upcoming summer reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. “Rod Blagojevich will be a participant on the show pending the court’s approval,” NBC said. NBC has been looking for household names for its version of the U.K. hit, which launches June 1st. With NBC taking the unusually intensive step of airing the show four nights a week at 8 p.m. for nearly a month, a successful launch could help fuel the network’s entire summer schedule.  ***MARLAR: I think we’d all be fine with calling Blago a celebrity if it means getting him out of here and sending him to Costa Rica. 


Scientists at Wroclaw University in Poland conducted a study and found that women whose legs were 5% longer than average were judged to have the most attractive legs.  ***MARLAR: No word as to why they’re not wasting time on cancer studies.


Painesville, Ohio, Municipal Judge Michael Cicconetti sentenced 28-year-old Nathen Smith (who’d been convicted of stealing money from a Salvation Army kettle) to a night of homelessness.  Nathen was sentenced to spend one night on the streets as a homeless person.  He was tracked with GPS and kept moving from building to building trying to stay warm.  He must also serve three days in jail, do eight hours of community service, get his GED and find a job!  ***MARLAR: Wow, PAINESVILLE, Ohio seems like an appropriate town name!


Wouldn’t you like to know who originated the income tax? Well Prime Minister William Pitt devised the first one that worked in England around 1800. The British government needed the revenue to prosecute its war with France. ***MARLAR: Pitt… how appropriate.  Paying taxes is the pits, and the government’s need for our money is a bottomless pit.

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