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"With the breach of three levees protecting New Orleans, the landscape of the city has changed dramatically, tragically and perhaps irreversibly," Myers said. "There is now over 25 feet of water where there was once city streets and thriving neighborhoods." Myers' opening lines completed, West took a moment and a breath. Hands in his pockets, he cleared his throat, licked his bottom lip, blinked his eyes and opened his mouth. "I hate the way they portray us in the media," he said. "If you see a black family, it says, 'They're looting.' You see a white family, it says, 'They're looking for food.' And you know that it's been five days because most of the people are black. And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite -- because I've tried to turn away from the TV because it's too hard to watch. I've even been shopping before, even giving a donation. 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The comedian had glanced away from the camera no less than eight times during the minute-plus it took West to deliver his preliminary thoughts. Shaken but still on the air, Myers lifted his right index finger to his face, rubbed below his eye and started through his final lines, this time at a quickened pace.  "And subtle, but in many ways even more profoundly devastating, is the lasting damage to the survivors' will to rebuild and remain in the area," he said. "The destruction of the spirit of the people of southern Louisiana and Mississippi may end up being the most tragic loss of all." There was barely a moment between Myers' final words and the moment the man in the White House would later call the low point of his presidency. It was a moment that would lead to songs and skits, academic debates and calls to change the way Americans think and talk about race. George Bush doesn't care about black people. Kanye West "George Bush doesn't care about black people," West said. The camera had not cut away in time. Millions of Americans heard his words. A somewhat shaken West walked off stage, leaving actor Chris Tucker to try to follow that and Myers to come to terms with what had just happened.  "He just seemed not appalled but almost flabbergasted," Radice recalls of Myers. "I've always thought Mike might have felt that he got sandbagged," Radice added. "Myers looked like he had been shot in the head," Kaplan said.  Several members of the production team remember Myers turning to whoever would listen off-stage and shouting, "Well, that went well!" (Myers declined to comment for this story.) The producers were trying to figure out what to think, too. "Everybody kind of went, 'OK ...' like somebody had just dropped a stinking turd on the stage, and we all kind of backed off and let it sit there for a while and moved on to other things and hoped that nobody really noticed," Traub remembers now.  One producer, who requested anonymity, told HuffPost he had warned his colleagues before the telecast that West was known for "making everything about himself."  Afterward, some producers worried West had done just that. "People were not happy," Traub said. "We had worked our asses off on this," said Frank Fernandez, an associate producer for the show. "We didn't even talk about titles. In the credits, that's when we found out what the titles were." I was feeling kind of crestfallen when I walked out. Rick Kaplan, executive producer of "A Concert for Hurricane Relief" "I can't speak for everyone, so I'm going to speak for myself: I wasn't going to let him take my moment of trying to help and do a great job," Fernandez added.  The Red Cross, a major recipient of the concert's donations, was particularly furious about West's comments and worried that donors would pull their money as a result, according to Kaplan. (The telecast eventually raised more than $50 million.) "I was feeling kind of crestfallen when I walked out," Kaplan admits now. "We had worked so hard. The last 72 hours was like no sleep and all work." Not everyone was feeling down, though. Before West could leave 30 Rock, Sean "Diddy" Combs, who was present at the telethon but did not appear on air, told West that he would have done the same thing, according to a producer with firsthand knowledge of the interaction. (Diddy declined to comment.) Harry Connick Jr. went further. The singer and actor, a New Orleans native, had been instrumental in the show's success, gathering musicians together to figure out last-minute arrangements. After West's comments, Connick, along with country singers and couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, walked up to Kaplan and told him something the producer would never forget: that West's comments wouldn't ruin the show's legacy but would ensure it had one -- that West's comments were important and correct. "The three of them took me aside privately and said, '[We] know you're probably upset by what Kanye said, but we've all been down there and we promise you that when the dust settles and what Kanye said is thought about and what people learn is learned about, [we] promise you're going to be proud that Kanye ending up saying that on the show,'" Kaplan remembers. "They said, 'We were down there, and [we're] telling you it's not good what the government's doing there. They're not being good. They're not acting properly.'" "It floored me," he said. "In the end, Faith and Harry and Tim made my night." NBC's head honchos did not share Kaplan's sense of relief. Without alerting the show's top producers, the network decided to cut West's remarks from a tape of the telethon set to air three hours later on the West Coast. In a tersely worded statement, the network distanced itself from West, stating that "his opinions in no way represent the views of the networks." But the news was out. Cable networks dissected and debated West's comments for days. Conservative talk show host Bill O'Reilly, predictably, called West's remarks "simply nutty." Rapper 50 Cent disagreed with the comments as well. And as noted, then-President George W. Bush later deemed West's accusation of racism an "all-time low" of his presidency. YouTube, which had launched earlier that year, allowed users, many of them young people, to upload, watch, share and discuss the video -- and draw their own conclusions. In a recent essay for The Nation, writer Mychal Denzel Smith described West's comments as the "first relatable expression of black rage on a national stage" for a generation of black men and women. "'George Bush doesn't care about black people' was my first political memory," Julia Craven, now a 22-year-old staff reporter for The Huffington Post, wrote in an email. "I didn't really understand the nuances behind what Kanye meant by that, but I knew that historically white people didn't care about black people (mostly because I'm from the south). So it made sense. It was funny more than anything else, though. It never crossed my mind that that was the beginning of Kanye's politicizing or that we'd look back on Katrina and really understand how spot on that critique was. But I was 12."  C.J. Lawrence was a law student at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston when Katrina hit. He remembers not being able to contact his family back in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, for days after the storm. "We were deeply concerned," he said. At the time, Lawrence lived up the street from the Astrodome, where thousands of New Orleans evacuees would come to find shelter.  "I remember driving home one night and seeing a line of, I kid you not, about 10,000 people that were just getting off the buses from Katrina. ... You could smell all they had gone through for miles in the air. You could smell it," he said. "[Katrina victims] didn't have the dollars to wield to influence a Bush or to influence even their local politicians to move in the way that a Kanye West could get them to move." "Hearing Kanye West say what he said in 2005 -- a lot of us as young people felt empowered," Lawrence said. "West in many ways became a champion for us by speaking out nationally in that way." Just days after the telethon, a Houston-based hip-hop duo called The Legendary KO released a song titled "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People," which quickly racked up more than a half-million downloads. (Watch it below.) Damien Randle, one half of the duo, was 31 at the time. "I stood on my couch that evening because I knew that the world would finally hear how others had felt, and it was too late to censor it," he recalls. Gloria Browne-Marshall, an associate professor of constitutional law at John Jay College in New York City who teaches a class on race and the law, remembers her shock at hearing about the conditions in which New Orleans' black community lived even before Katrina. "The [conditions] that black people were living in, especially in the Ninth Ward -- it was deplorable that this was taking place within this country, that they were living so poorly in the first place. And then [once Katrina hit], to see them stranded and being abandoned, treated [as] and called refugees in our own country …," she trailed off. "I'm not saying Kanye was a hero because he said it. But because he was a celebrity and he had the floor and he said it in a moment where the nation was not really voicing that opinion, I thought it was very significant." Some New Orleanians found truth in West's comments, too. "Let me tell you something, the man told the truth," said Glen David Andrews, a prominent trombonist and a fixture in the New Orleans music scene. "We thought he said the right thing. I just wish he slapped the president, too. It's fucking true. It's fucking true, isn't it?" We thought he said the right thing. I just wish he slapped the president, too. New Orleans trombonist Glen David Andrews When people think back to West's telethon moment, the first thing that comes to mind is his seven-word indictment of the sitting president, a stark memory of one of the world's most famous artists accusing its most powerful man of racism. Less remembered are the 200-or-so words that came before that -- words targeted not at Bush, but at the media: "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says, 'They're looting.' You see a white family, it says, 'They're looking for food.'" In the days following Hurricane Katrina, an image widely circulated on the Internet contrasted two photos and their captions. In one, a white man and a white woman walked through the high waters left by Katrina. The accompanying AFP/Getty caption explained, "Two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store ..." In the other photo distributed by The Associated Press, a black youth could be seen in a similar situation. The caption, however, read, "A young man walks through chest deep flood water after looting a grocery store ..." Different agencies wrote the captions. But to many Americans, the contrast between the two represented a larger truth: that the predominantly white media, try as they might to remain evenhanded, were subject to their own racial biases. (An AP spokesman said at the time that the boy fit the description of "looter" since the photographer saw him enter a store to obtain goods.)  Ask Americans now, and it's hard for them to recall West's media criticism; they tend to focus on his comments about Bush. In a HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted in August, just one-third of those with memory of the incident could recall West criticizing the media's Katrina coverage. Two-thirds of them only remembered West accusing Bush of not caring about black people. "It wasn't just a tirade against George Bush," said Scott Heath, an English professor at Georgia State University who teaches a course on Kanye West. "He was discussing the way that our larger media outlets represent black people in these moments of crisis." Ten years on and nearly two terms removed from Bush's presidency, it's the criticism of the media that hits home for black Americans. Half of black men and women in the August poll agreed that Bush didn't care about black people, but two-thirds agreed that the media portray black and white moments of crisis differently.  "It was important for Kanye West and others to highlight that the media has the ability to tell the same story in two very different ways," said Lawrence, the onetime law student. "Being underwater for a week, I'm sure you get hungry, so hungry that you will go into a place where you know there is food and get it -- because, one, what's somebody else going to do with the food, with this food at a flooded Walgreens? And two, it's either go in there and get the food that you need to get, or die." I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says, "They're looting." You see a white family, it says, "They're looking for food." Kanye West Nearly 60 percent of white Americans believe that the media are racially unbiased or biased in favor of minorities, according to the HuffPost/YouGov poll. But evidence to the contrary isn't limited to anger-inducing anecdotes like the AP's "looting" photo. A study published in the aftermath of Katrina and based on multiple experiments found evidence that "crime news coverage contributes to racial stereotyping," lead researcher Travis Dixon said at the time.  Research conducted by Media Matters for America and published in March by the lobbying group ColorOfChange.org showed that local New York City TV stations were disproportionately depicting African-Americans as criminals as recently as this past December. The authors of a separate study published in the International Journal of Communication this year found that they could predict an American's level of bias against black people by the amount of local TV news he or she watched. Additional research has provided further evidence that TV can influence how viewers generally perceive African-Americans. "The underlying sentiment that Kanye West expressed 10 years ago demonstrates the current reality of the way that the media covers people of color," said Charlton McIlwain, an associate professor of media, culture and communication at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. "There are years and mountains of evidence to suggest that over a long period of time -- extending to the present moment -- media tend to put a black face on crime, particularly violent crime." West's comments, McIlwain said, were "by and large ... accurate and on point." There are years and mountains of evidence to suggest that ... media tend to put a black face on crime, particularly violent crime. Charlton McIlwain, associate professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School Today, it's not clear whether West himself would repeat what he said 10 years ago. After all, he is more careful now and even apologized to Bush in a 2010 interview on NBC's "Today" show, saying that he "didn't have the grounds to call him a racist." "He has become more media savvy, very media conscious and deliberate in his appearances and in the things he chooses to express at certain points," Heath, the professor who teaches the course on West, said. "Ten years later, I wonder if even Kanye West would do the same thing, say the same thing. But I think he might." Many of the people involved in the benefit concert now recall West's comments positively. Myers told GQ last year that he was "very proud to have been next to him." Radice called West's comments "a phenomenal moment in culture, in history." Traub, while still perturbed by West's decision to point the finger so strongly at Bush, agreed that "there was definitely a tremendous problem with the way that African-Americans were treated in that area." Kaplan, who was so crestfallen moments after West's remarks, now looks back on his decision to stray from the script especially fondly. "When you look at it in hindsight, boy am I glad he did that," Kaplan said. "['A Concert for Hurricane Relief'] became politically correct [as a result of West's comments]. And I don't mean political correctness. It just became accurate. It became an accurate program, not just a fundraiser." dang @TODAYshow, just couldn't let her finish, huh? love ya @JanelleMonae! #BlackLivesMatter cc: @deray @Nettaaaaaaaa pic.twitter.com/QeGhY5lQGJ— marla york. (@theseMYtweetz) August 14, 2015 It hasn't gotten much easier for pop stars to air controversial political views through the mainstream media, though. On Aug. 14 of this year, Janelle Monae took the stage on "Today" to sing an extended version of her hit single "Tightrope." Near the end of her song, Monae took a knee, closed her eyes and opened her mouth. (Watch above.) "Yes, Lord, God bless America!" Monae said. "God bless all the lost lives to police brutality. We want white America to know that we stand tall today. We want black America to know we stand tall today. We will not be silenced." At that moment, NBC cut away from Monae, in what the network says was a scheduled commercial break unrelated to Monae's comments. But with the rise of Twitter and movements like Black Lives Matter, whether it really takes a famous voice like Monae or West to launch a national debate is now an open question. "One of the things [we've learned] through the Black Lives Matter movement and the actions that take place under that banner is it doesn't really take celebrity," said McIlwain, the NYU professor. "Many of the loudest voices in that movement are people that we had never heard, people who were a year ago in school, in college or working as college administrators." Lawrence, the former law student, is a partner now at Lumumba & Associates, a law firm in Jackson, Mississippi, near where he grew up. He works on criminal defense and human rights cases. Currently, he's looking into the matter of Jonathan Sanders, a 39-year-old black man who was allegedly choked to death by a white police officer this July.  Last August, in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, Lawrence noticed something that perturbed him. Media outlets were using a photo of Brown in a sleeveless red jersey making a pointed hand gesture -- rather than a more sympathetic image of the soon-to-be college student, like him posing in graduation garb. Frustrated, Lawrence spliced together two vastly different photos of himself and tweeted them out with the hashtag  #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. "I was thinking to myself, 'If I was shot down, how would my story be told?'" he said. "If they gunned me down, how would the media portray me?" Like West's comments had in 2005, Lawrence's tweet struck a chord. The hashtag he created went viral. At one point, people used #IfTheyGunnedMeDown 100,000 times in 24 hours, according to the BBC.  In the first photo in Lawrence's tweet, taken on the day of his graduation from Tougaloo College, he's delivering a commencement speech as former President Bill Clinton laughs in the background. In the second picture -- the one he thinks the media would use if he were killed -- Lawrence is sporting sunglasses and a microphone, and holding a bottle of liquor. It was Halloween, and he'd gone as Kanye West. Yes let's do that: Which photo does the media use if the police shot me down? #IfTheyGunnedMeDown pic.twitter.com/Ng0pUlxWhr— YoungGifted&Black✊ (@CJLawrenceEsq) August 10, 2014 Kanye West and George W. Bush did not respond to requests for comment. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

    'Uptown Girls' Jennifer Lawrence And Amy Schumer Dance On Billy Joel's... - Huffington Post 1 hour ago

        We didn't start the fire; Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer did. The pair burned up the stage dancing at Billy Joel's concert at Wrigley Field on Thursday. (As the girl on fire, Katniss Everdeen, JLaw should be pretty used to that.) Lawrence and Schumer started out in a group before ditching their shoes and dancing on the piano during Joel's performance of "Uptown Girl." Schumer tweeted out an even closer look at the performance along with a pretty fitting message: Uptown girls pic.twitter.com/zBY0q1wVB1— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) August 28, 2015 JLaw fan accounts are also sharing another angle, which appears to show Lawrence kissing Schumer's foot when she gets on the piano: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer dancing on stage at the Billy Joel concert in Chicago last night (via @jlawspanish) pic.twitter.com/Ss1qFbJtXk— Jennifer Lawrence (@JLdaily) August 28, 2015 Yeah, that's a little weird. But they are playing sisters in an upcoming movie together, so they can probably get away with that stuff. And besides, to paraphrase Joel, we like them "just the way they are." H/T Billboard Also on HuffPo: For a constant stream of entertainment news and discussion, follow HuffPost Entertainment on Viber. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.


    Financial News
    Austria, Libya count dead as number of migrants crossing Mediterranean... - Reuters 1 hour ago

        EISENSTADT, Austria/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Austria said on Friday 71 refugees including a baby girl were found dead in an abandoned freezer truck, while Libya recovered the bodies of 82 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe and scores more were feared dead.

    Two British journalists detained in southeast Turkey - Reuters 3 hours ago

        DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) - Turkish police have detained two British journalists from Vice News for reporting from the predominantly Kurdish southeast without government accreditation, security sources said on Friday.

    Jury mulls fate of defendant in New Hampshire prep school rape trial - Reuters 3 hours ago

        CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - A New Hampshire jury is set to begin its first full day of deliberations on Friday in the trial of Owen Labrie, a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman girl on campus days before his graduation.

    Hundreds die as desperate migrants head for Europe - Reuters 3 hours ago

        TRIPOLI/EISENSTADT, Austria (Reuters) - Libya on Friday recovered the bodies of 82 migrants washed ashore after their overcrowded boat sank on its way to Europe while Austria said 71 refugees including a baby girl had been found dead in the back of an abandoned freezer truck.

    Accused U.S. 'flash crash' trader fails to have UK extradition case po... - Reuters 4 hours ago

        LONDON (Reuters) - A London-based day-trader accused by the United States of market manipulation that contributed to the Wall Street "flash crash" in 2010, failed to persuade a court on Friday to postpone his extradition hearing.


    Health News
    Q&A: Questions, answers in Planned Parenthood controversy - AP 8 hours ago

        LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Planned Parenthood Federation of America is defending its abortion practices and its donation of fetal tissue for medical research....

    Contact lens makers take fight over price law to court - AP NEW!

        DENVER (AP) -- Contact lens makers struggled Thursday to defend their pricing policies in a federal appeals case that could have wide-ranging effects on the $4 billion industry....

    Amgen wins approval for second biotech cholesterol drug - AP NEW!

        WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amgen Inc. has won federal approval for the second medicine in a new class of pricey biotech drugs that reduce artery-clogging cholesterol more than older statin drugs that have been used for decades....

    Health official: States should post local vaccination info - AP NEW!

        NEW YORK (AP) -- How many kids are vaccinated at your child's school? Federal health officials think you should be able to easily find out....

    Utah man dies from plague in 4th fatal case in US this year - AP NEW!

        SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah man in his 70s has died after contracting the plague, bringing to four the number of deaths from the disease reported in the United States this year, health officials said Thursday....


    Regional News
    Our final I Spy St. Louis winner is… - Biz Journal - St Louis NEW!

        Jim Arsenault of Louisiana Steel takes the win for this week’s I Spy St. Louis puzzle, our last one for a while. But more on that later. Arsenault guessed this week’s puzzle after two clues, which is pretty amazing considering the two clues were of tile and brick (or maybe granite?).This week we took you to the Danforth University Center, or the DUC on the Washington University campus. Arsenault says he recognized the pink granite wall’s as being on the Washington University campus, and he…

    State approves use of armed drones; Facebook gets a billion people in ... - Biz Journal - St Louis NEW!

        North Dakota has become the first state to legalize law enforcement use of armed drones.For the first time ever, 1 billion people logged into Facebook on a single day. That equates to roughly one in every seven people on Earth. Ok, so maybe it was 1 billion accounts.Gartner predicts global spending on enterprise application software is expected to grow 7.5 percent this year to $149.9 billion.Apple Pay is on track to be accepted at more than 1.5 million U.S. locations by the end of the year…

    A new Old Forester could cost as much as $80 a bottle - Biz Journal - Louisville NEW!

        This year's release of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon has a manufacturers suggested retail price between $70 and $80. Last year, it was only $60.Old Forester is owned by Louisville-based distilling giant Brown-Forman Corp. (NYSE: BF-B) The company annually releases Old Forester Birthday Bourbon to commemorate founder George Garvin Brown. The 12-year-old bourbon will be bottled at 100 proof.“This particular lot of barrels is unusual because it matured in the same warehouse location instead of…

    Appeals court reinstates lawsuit over fatal police shooting - Kentucky.com 1 hour ago

        A federal appeals court has reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against a northern Kentucky police officer who fatally shot a man.Click to Continue »

    Local college starts work on first new building in nearly 4 decades - Biz Journal - Nashville 1 hour ago

        Aquinas College is breaking ground on a new residence hall Aug. 28 in a public ceremony.According to a news release, the project marks the first new construction project for the Catholic liberal arts college in 39 years. B.L. Harbert International is leading construction on the 33,358-square-foot, 94-bed facility.“The groundbreaking for the new residence hall represents a major milestone for Aquinas College as a part of the comprehensive plan for the growth of the college,” Sister Mary Sarah…


    Science News
    Researchers use DNA 'clews' to shuttle CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool i... - EurekaAlert NEW!

        Researchers have for the first time created and used a nanoscale vehicle made of DNA to deliver a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells in both cell culture and an animal model.

    Moffitt makes important steps toward developing a blood test to catch ... - EurekaAlert NEW!

        According to a new 'proof of principle' study published in Aug. 27 issue of Cancer Prevention Research, Moffitt Cancer Center researchers hope to improve pancreatic cancer survival rates by identifying markers in the blood that can pinpoint patients with premalignant pancreatic lesions called intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms.

    Staying safe in sandy beaches - EurekaAlert NEW!

        Beach sand contains all kinds of microorganisms, including those that can harm human health. Yet current guidelines are focused exclusively on monitoring the levels of microbes in the water. Now, an international panel of scientists is recommending monitoring the sand at recreational beaches, to minimize health risks for beachgoers. Their advice is based on the general consensus reached during the international conference 'Trends in Environmental Microbiology and Public Health,' held in Lisbon, Portugal, in September 2014.

    KAIST's mathematician reveals the mechanism for sustaining biological ... - EurekaAlert 1 hour ago

        Jae Kyoung Kim, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at KAIST, has predicted how these biological circuits generate rhythms and control their robustness, utilizing mathematical modeling based on differential equations and stochastic parameter sampling.

    Researchers discover new mechanism in adrenal gland tumors - EurekaAlert 1 hour ago

        Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have elucidated a mechanism that is responsible for the development of adrenal gland tumors. They discovered that the BMP7 protein plays a key role in this process and that it could be a possible target for future treatments. The results have been published in the journal 'Oncotarget'.


    Sports News
    Computer sim: Colts vs. Packers in SB 50 - CBS Sports NEW!

        Computer sim: Colts vs. Packers in SB 50

    Follow: PGA Tour playoffs, Barclays scores - CBS Sports 1 hour ago

        Follow: PGA Tour playoffs, Barclays scores

    Get your picks in for Friday's MLB games - CBS Sports 1 hour ago

        Get your picks in for Friday's MLB games

    Coughlin treats training camp-weary Giants to 'spa day' - FOX Sports 1 hour ago

        Tom Coughlin didn’t technically characterize the events at training camp Thursday as a “spa day,” although that shouldn’t be surprising. But that does not mean what the old-school New York Giants head coach didn’t come off as such to some of his players.

    Bolt, clumsy cameraman get together after medal ceremony - FOX Sports 1 hour ago

        Usain Bolt and the clumsy cameraman returned to the scene of their collision, only this time there was nobody doing backflips.


    Technology News
    The Overlooked Architecture That’s Hip Again in New Orleans - Wired NEW!

        The shotgun house, once found only in the poorest neighborhoods, is 'popping up like daisies all over town' as architects mix nostalgia with smart design. The post The Overlooked Architecture That’s Hip Again in New Orleans appeared first on WIRED.

    What’s Inside Caladryl Will Not Make You Hallucinate - Wired NEW!

        Itch-relieving action for the summer starts with this eponymous pink stuff, a cocktail of zinc oxide and a little iron oxide. The post What’s Inside Caladryl Will Not Make You Hallucinate appeared first on WIRED.

    20 must-know keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10 - PC World NEW!

        With Windows 10, Microsoft has added a ton of new keyboard shortcuts to give you easier access to the new Action Center, Cortana, Task View, and virtual desktops. So much so, in fact, that Microsoft recently released a handy-dandy Word document with Windows 10’s Windows key shortcuts to aid in your study.If you’re new to keyboard shortcuts, however, one glance at that list can be overwhelming—and there are plenty of keyboard shortcuts that don't involve the Windows key whatsoever. To help you streamline it a bit, here’s a list of 20 must-know shortcuts for Windows 10. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

    Smartwatches, smartphones and TVs will vie for IFA spotlight - PC World NEW!

        Consumer electronics vendors are going to Berlin next week with something to prove.At the IFA trade show, Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility aim to show that their smartwatches can compete with Apple's, Sony needs to demonstrate that it's still a relevant smartphone manufacturer, and LG want to convince customers that it's time to buy a new TV.Here's what to look out for:SmartwatchesSamsung has already revealed it plans to launch the round Gear S2 in Berlin. The square original was powered by the company's own Tizen operating system, and the new model is likely to use it as well. Videos and images of the Gear S2 hint at a product that's smaller and better-looking than the original model, which was just a bit too large. If Samsung wants to keep the cost down and improve the battery life, removing the integrated 3G connection would also be a step in the right direction.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

    This Camp Is Also an In-Depth Study of Why Girls Quit STEM - Wired 1 hour ago

        Qualcomm's QCamp for middle school girls isn't just a camp. It's an investigation into the lack of women in tech. The post This Camp Is Also an In-Depth Study of Why Girls Quit STEM appeared first on WIRED.


    US News
    The Latest: Former president Bush arrives in New Orleans - Yahoo NEW!

        NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Here are the latest developments regarding former President George W. Bush's trip to New Orleans and Gulfport, Mississippi, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

    Jurors resume deliberations in prep school rape case - AP NEW!

        CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Jurors have resumed deliberating in the case of a former New Hampshire prep school student charged with raping a freshman last year as part of a tradition of sexual conquest days before he graduated....

    Teen gets more than 11 years for helping Islamic State - Fox News NEW!

        A northern Virginia teenager has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for helping another teen travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and providing other aid to the militant group.

    This Franchisee Investigated a Restaurant Company He Liked and Signed ... - Fox News NEW!

        Paul Scholtes had a yen for Asian cuisine and loved how the menu at Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen encompassed delicacies from ten different regions.

    Virginia prosecutor says Portsmouth officers involved in fatal shootin... - Fox News NEW!

        Prosecutors say the Portsmouth, Virginia, officers involved in a fatal shooting of a black man in March won't be charged.


    World News
    British journalists detained, questioned by anti-terrorism police in s... - Fox News NEW!

        Officials and media reports say two British journalists have been detained in Turkey's largest, mainly-Kurdish city, along with their translator.

    Sicily detains 10 presumed smugglers for cramming migrants into airles... - Fox News NEW!

        Prosecutors in Sicily detained 10 people on suspicion of smuggling and murder Friday for having allegedly crammed dozens of migrants into the airless hold of a boat where 52 bodies were found this week.

    Extremists kill 28 in villages in northeastern Nigeria - AP NEW!

        BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram extremists killed 28 people during attacks on remote farming and fishing villages in northeast Nigeria, members of a civilian defense group said on Friday....

    AC Milan coach Mihajlovic already tired of questions on Balotelli, 1 d... - Fox News NEW!

        One day after Mario Balotelli's loan back to AC Milan began, Rossoneri coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is already growing tired of questions about the maverick striker.

    US stocks edge lower early after sharp two-day surge - AP NEW!

        U.S. stocks drifted edged lower in early trading Friday, coming off two days of strong gains as the market closes out a wild week....



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