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Reed Between The Lines

Unusual & Interesting News - Not Always Useful Compiled by David Reed

Last Build Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:27:48 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2003 David Reed

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:26:50 GMT

Mall Case Creates Antiwar Celebrity. An unassuming state lawyer nearing retirement whose idea of political protest was to wear a "Peace on Earth" T-shirt at the local shopping mall is suddenly a celebrity. By Winnie Hu. [New York Times: National]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:26:36 GMT

Officials Seek Smallpox Vaccine Compensation Fund. Under the proposal, the government would pay $262,100 for each health worker who dies or is completely disabled by the smallpox vaccine. By Robert Pear. [New York Times: National]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:26:01 GMT

At Columbia University, Rewriting a Journalism Curriculum. The Graduate School of Journalism is planning a major overhaul after the president of Columbia University criticized the school's curriculum as "insufficient." By Felicity Barringer. [New York Times: Education]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:25:35 GMT

$60 Million Package Aims to Improve School Security. The Bush administration is about to announce a $60 million program to help school districts design response and evacuation plans for terrorism-related emergencies. By Philip Shenon. [New York Times: National]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:25:13 GMT

The War on Schools. It's an insane society that can contemplate devastating and then rebuilding Iraq, but can't provide schooling for all its own young people. By Bob Herbert. [New York Times: Education]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:24:59 GMT

Where the Hall Monitor Is a Webcam. Propelled by Columbine and 9/11, officials are considering a broad range of measures to improve school security, everything from sophisticated video surveillance to biometric identity cards. By Katie Hafner. [New York Times: Education]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:24:35 GMT

When It Goes Wrong at a Charter School. When charters first appeared, they were touted as the free-market alternative to bad old public schools, but as with many market miracles, the bubble has burst. By Michael Winerip. [New York Times: Education]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:24:13 GMT

Tribal Values Remain Firm Away From Reservation. Leonisa Lewis left her reservation to play for a high school tennis team in Arizona. But her situation is difficult for outsiders to understand. By Selena Roberts. [New York Times: Education]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:23:59 GMT

Routs Fuel School Sports Debate. High school coaches and educators say they are concerned about an increasing number of lopsided games across the country. By Mike Freeman. [New York Times: Education]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:21:04 GMT

Laptops Win Over the Skeptics, Even in Maine. Just six months after Maine began providing laptop computers, educators are impressed by how quickly students and teachers have adapted to laptop technology. By Sarah Mahoney. [New York Times: Education]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:20:26 GMT

For Elderly, Fear of Falling Is a Risk in Itself. Of the nagging, minute-by-minute worries of old age, none seems to eclipse the fear of falling. By N. R. Kleinfield. [New York Times: Health]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:20:08 GMT

Antismoking Measures Gain in Tobacco Country. Besieged tobacco growers in the Southeast are shunning cigarette manufacturers who now buy as much or more tobacco from foreign farmers. By David M. Halbfinger. [New York Times: Health]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:17:13 GMT

Judge Discards F.B.I. Evidence in Internet Case of Child Smut. A federal judge in Manhattan said F.B.I. agents made false statements in an affidavit used to obtain search warrants in a child pornography case. By Benjamin Weiser. [New York Times: National]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:16:27 GMT

Media Plot Online War Coverage. With the Internet a fixture in American life, U.S. news outlets plan ways to use it to expand coverage in the event of war with Iraq. [Wired News]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:16:11 GMT

Cities Deliver Broadband for Less. Following a recent FCC decision that could limit competition among broadband providers, publicly owned high-speed access networks may prove a more popular alternative to private ISPs. By Joanna Glasner. [Wired News]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:15:56 GMT

Apple Bites Into Music Downloads?. Though it won't confirm the rumors, Apple seems poised to launch an online music subscription service with major record labels in the coming weeks. [Wired News]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:15:42 GMT

Mating a Mac With a Cell Phone. Software created by a Swedish programmer turns a Bluetooth-equipped Sony Ericsson cell phone into a universal remote for the Macintosh. The software senses when the phone enters or leaves a room, pausing music or even triggering the central heating system. By Leander Kahney. [Wired News]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:15:10 GMT

White House vs. whitehouse. Doesn't the vice president have better things to do than trample the First Amendment rights of a Web satirist? An interview with's John Wooden. []

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:12:56 GMT

New Ways to Untether Travelers. Broadband wireless Internet and e-mail services are becoming available on airplanes, in public places and in hotel rooms. By Joe Sharkey. [New York Times: Technology]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:12:42 GMT

Pondering Value of Copyright vs. Innovation. Could a mismatch between two different technologies and the legal policies that govern them inhibit free expression and innovation? By Amy Harmon. [New York Times: Technology]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:12:27 GMT

Mac users get more ISP choices. United Online, which sells low-cost Net access via the NetZero, Juno and BlueLight brands, announces its first Mac software, and broadband provider Covad expands its support. [CNET - Personal Technology]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:11:01 GMT

Baltasar Gracian. "Do pleasant things yourself, but unpleasant things through others." [Motivational Quotes of the Day]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:10:11 GMT

Jonathan Winters. "Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others." [Quotes of the Day]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:09:45 GMT

John H. Patterson. "An executive is a person who always decides; sometimes he decides correctly, but he always decides." [Quotes of the Day]

Fri, 07 Mar 2003 22:09:09 GMT

Woody Allen. "You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred." [Quotes of the Day]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:08:21 GMT

Mexico steps up security at U.S. border, oil regions. MEXICO CITY - Mexico has increased security at its borders and oil installations in preparation for any violence stemming from a possible war in Iraq, the country's federal attorney general said Sunday. [Arizona Daily Star: World]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:08:03 GMT

Two million Muslims begin trek to Mecca. MECCA, Saudi Arabia - About 2 million Muslim pilgrims crammed cars and buses Sunday and clung to the roofs of moving vehicles as they headed toward Mina, a tent city that comes to life only during the Hajj. [Arizona Daily Star: World]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:07:28 GMT

From Excitement to Horror: Columbia's Last Flight Online. The 1986 space shuttle disaster happened live on network television. Last weekend's shuttle disaster also unfolded live, but the primary medium was the Internet. By Tom Kuntz. [New York Times: Technology]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:07:06 GMT

Teacher Tech Training Takes a Hit. A program that provided cash to train new teachers in technology will likely get the ax in President Bush's proposed budget. It's a disappointing end for those who say it's been an unqualified success. By Katie Dean. [Wired News]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:06:37 GMT

New Wireless 11g 'Standard' Ends In Tears : It is nearly a year since NewsWireless Net warned of the disasters looming if American wireless manufacturers went ahead with 802.11g - the go-faster WiFi standard. Now, we hear of incompatibility problems between rival 11g products - discovered in "secret" testing sessions. Are we really supposed to be surprised? ( via MyAppleMenu) [MyAppleMenu]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:06:18 GMT

Pocket PC's for Smaller Pocketbooks. Pocket PCs have generally offered more features than Palm devices, but they have also been bigger, heavier and pricier. Not anymore. By David Pogue. [New York Times: Technology]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:05:03 GMT

Many Balking at Vaccination for Smallpox. The plan to vaccinate health care workers against smallpox is getting off to a slow start as hundreds of hospitals say that they will not participate. By Donald G. Mcneil Jr.. [New York Times: Health]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:04:43 GMT

Bout With Plague Put a Man on the Brink, and New York on Edge. A New Mexico man who was diagnosed with the bubonic plague during a tourist trip to New York City seems to be making a hard-fought recovery. By Anthony Depalma. [New York Times: Health]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:04:18 GMT

Smallpox Researchers Seek Help From Millions of Computer Users. A group of research universities and corporations are announcing a networked computer project intended to accelerate the search for a cure for smallpox. By Steve Lohr. [New York Times: Health]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:03:43 GMT

Hospitals Sold on Digital X-Rays. X-rays and CT scan results on film are slowly going the way of other long-discontinued medical practices, thanks in part to a new system that allows health-care workers to view high-resolution images on a regular PC. [Wired News]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:03:11 GMT

Drug Benefit Not Certain for All on Medicare. The president's Medicare proposal may not include prescription drug benefits for elderly people who remain in the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. By Robert Pear. [New York Times: Health]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:02:40 GMT

Court Battle Over Paxil. A key drug patent trial begins as GlaxoSmithKline squares off in federal court against Apotex, a maker of generic drugs. By Reed Abelson. [New York Times: Health]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:02:16 GMT

Overweight Diabetics Benefit Significantly From Orlistat. Doctors Guide Feb 4 2003 7:28PM ET [Moreover - Diabetes news]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:01:39 GMT

Disney Town Teems With Segways. Celebration, Fla., is a test market for the Segway, people movers powered by a battery and balanced by a gyroscope. By The New York Times. [New York Times: Technology]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 13:00:33 GMT

Weighing a Bid for DirecTV. Edward E. Whitacre Jr., the chairman of SBC, has good reason to consider making a bid to take over DirecTV. By Andrew Ross Sorkin. [New York Times: Technology]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 12:59:34 GMT

Sydney Smith. "Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out." [Motivational Quotes of the Day]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 12:58:59 GMT

Juvenal. "Be rich to yourself and poor to your friends." [Motivational Quotes of the Day]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 12:58:21 GMT

Olin Miller. "You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do." [Quotes of the Day]

Mon, 10 Feb 2003 12:57:59 GMT

G. K. Chesterton. "Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive." [Quotes of the Day]

Tue, 04 Feb 2003 15:23:28 GMT

Reviving Romance With Space, Even as 'Space Age' Fades. Astronomers and space fans insist that the deep human desire to discover who we are in the universe will triumph over the momentary cultural queasiness. By Amy Harmon. [New York Times: National]

Tue, 04 Feb 2003 15:22:53 GMT

'Some of It Will Be Their Legacy': The Data That Survived Disaster. Though the space shuttle Columbia was lost, much of the scientific data its crew members collected was not. By Warren E. Leary. [New York Times: National]

Tue, 04 Feb 2003 15:22:22 GMT

Some Deaths Resonate, Others Pass Unnoticed. Americans have mourned heroes lost in space before. Still, these deaths were vivid, unexpected, the bearers of symbolic weight. By Erica Goode. [New York Times: National]