Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 4, 2009 - 10:54pm
Journalist Ted Conover went undercover for nearly one year working as a prison guard at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in upstate New York. His work was praised and criticized. As Conover told us in October, his time undercover was incredibly stressful, painfully isolating and ethically fraught but nonetheless it was necessary to get the story out.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 28, 2009 - 11:18pm
In most states, if somebody is texting behind the wheel and causes a crash that injures or kills someone, the penalty can be as light as a fine.
Utah is much tougher.
After a crash here that killed two scientists — and prompted a dogged investigation by a police officer and local victim’s advocate — Utah passed the nation’s toughest law to crack down on texting behind the wheel. Offenders now face up to 15 years in prison.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 28, 2009 - 3:45pm
Today NPR had a piece on the book Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human. In May the NYT had a piece on the book.
Under the rules provided by anonymous posters on LISNEWS once a book is mentioned one place no one else in the world is able to mention the book again. Please contact NPR and let them know they committed a "no no".
Submitted by Bibliofuture on August 7, 2009 - 7:12pm
Hollywood studios are split over Redbox, the $1-per-night DVD rental kiosk company: They could supply it with cheap wholesale discs and ride its massive growth, or starve it in the hopes of preserving higher-priced purchases.
News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox fell on the side of starvation this week, joining General Electric Co.'s Universal Pictures, whose withholding of discs prompted a lawsuit.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 21, 2009 - 12:22am
Vending machines have long been popular with Americans who need a quick sugar fix. Those craving a good movie also are finding the machines to be quite handy, as they avoid a trip to the DVD rental store.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 16, 2009 - 12:26pm
You have advanced kidney cancer. It will kill you, probably in the next year or two. A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of $54,000. Is a few more months worth that much?
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 8, 2009 - 11:40am
I took my daughter to the dentist yesterday. As I was waiting I overheard two of the dental hygienist talking.
Topic of discussion? The Amazon Kindle.
One dental hygienist was telling the other that her husband had an Amazon Kindle and really loved it. Was mentioning that it was great when he travelled. Just found it interesting to hear discussion of the Kindle out in the real world. Also interesting to hear discussion about reading.