Mon May 14, 2012

Australia's Poker Machines: Are They Too Popular?

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 4:49 pm

Gambling machines are extremely popular in Australia, and there are concerns about the level of gambling addiction. Opinion polls show that many Australians would like to see greater regulation of gambling.
Paul Miller Bloomberg via Getty Images

It's a weekday night at the Welcome Stranger pub in downtown Melbourne. Tom Cummings, who used to be a regular here, shows me around the gaming room.

"This machine here, which is called Shaman's Magic, has four different jackpots that you can win. If you'd like to give it a whirl, you can see how you go," says Cummings.

The machines here take Australian $50 bills (Australian dollars are currently worth almost exactly the same as U.S. dollars). You can lose $1,200 in an hour. And a win is not always what it appears to be.

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Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Ron Paul Will Stop Campaigning, But Will Continue Delegate Hunt

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 7:39 am

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, in February.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas, issued a carefully worded statement today, saying his team will no longer campaign in the rest of the primary states.

Does that mean he's bowing out of the GOP primary and leaving the nomination all to Mitt Romney? Not really.

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Mon May 14, 2012
Morning News Round Up

Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for May 14, 2012

(Rough and Tumble)//Even though the state budget deficit has ballooned to $16 billion, Capitol insiders expect Gov. Jerry Brown to unveil a revised May budget today which assumes voters will pass a November tax hike that would protect school and public safety funding from cuts. Insiders say that Proposition 98 will play a key role, that the per pupil grant base will increase, cost of living numbers will be adjusted and that the revision will require a pay-down of state debt to schools.

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Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Calif. Governor Proposes Closing $16 Billion Deficit With Cuts, Tax Hikes

California is facing a budget shortfall of $15.7 billion. Today, Gov. Jerry Brown released a budget that closes that budget with a combination of tax hikes and deep cuts to health and welfare spending.

The AP reports:

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Mon May 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Jobs And College Pose Big Challenges For Young People With Autism

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 4:50 am


Times are tough for young people. Unemployment is high, and college costs are soaring.

For those who've been diagnosed with autism, the challenges of life after high school are even steeper, according to a study just published in the journal Pediatrics.

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Mon May 14, 2012
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: Should College Football Be Banned?

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A panel of experts faces off on the motion "Ban College Football" in an Oxford-style debate for Intelligence Squared U.S. on May 8.
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Amid allegations of corruption and misconduct in college football programs, critics have questioned whether the schools are exploiting student-athletes in an attempt to make millions of dollars. And alarms have been raised about the risks of repeated head injuries.

But football supporters say the sport is unifying, it teaches life lessons to players and it offers chances to young men that they may not get elsewhere.

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Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Seizing The American Dream: From Janitor To Ivy-League Graduate

Columbia University janitor Gac Filipaj give a thumbs up during the Columbia University School of General Studies graduation ceremony on Sunday.
Jason DeCrow AP


Mon May 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Campaign Questions Lessons Of Romney's Business Experience

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 7:10 am


Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

'Gay President,' Breast-Feeding Mom: Suddenly We're Talking About Magazines


Every once in a while, many in the news business seem to rediscover something that's always been rather obvious:

Publishers will put provocative images on their magazines and newspapers — and now their websites — in order to create "buzz" and, they hope, attract readers.

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Mon May 14, 2012
The Salt

California's Genetically Engineered Food Label May Confuse More Than Inform

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 4:03 pm

Protesters demonstrate against the production of genetically modified food in front of a Monsanto facility in Davis, Calif., in March. The local protest was not specifically about labeling.
Randall Benton MCT /Landov

When Californians go to the polls in November, they will very likely have the chance to make California the first state in the nation to require labeling of genetically engineered food. That's according to California Right to Know, which filed a petition to force a statewide vote.

And the group is pretty confident it will succeed. "Polls show that nine out of ten California voters agree that they want labeling," Stacy Malkan, spokeswoman for the group, tells The Salt.

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