Today’s Texting Teenagers Are Ridiculous

Teenagers! Always on call. Especially here in Boston, where many of them—we’ve come to discover thanks to the Boston Globe—sleep with cellphones under their pillow. Important texts (“Seeing if you’re awake”) simply cannot be missed! Brookline, Boston proper, even suburb Waltham—it matters not. Teenagers are texting all the live long day and continue to do so even when they enter their Twilight-covered sleeping chambers for what sounds like the most restless, unproductive, vibration-under-the-pillow sleep I’ve ever heard of…

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The New GM Volt gets 230 mpg!

Well, that’s what they want the public to believe but none of my readers would ever fall for that right?

In August 2009, General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson announced that the new Chevrolet Volt, GM’s first electric car, would get an estimated 230 miles per gallon. The faltering car company hoped that the exceptionally high government mileage rating could give the Volt a major sales boost. “Having a car that gets triple-digit fuel economy can and will be a game changer for us,” Henderson predicted.

Don’t drink the koolaid folks… You’ll be better off financially by a conventional vehicle. You’ll spend more for gas, yes, but you won’t be paying the “I love the planet’ tax that comes with buying one of these hybrid vehicles. They are all overpriced!

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Facebook posts lead to suspension from school

Nasty and abusive comments for a mathematics female teacher on the social networking site Facebook led to the suspension of 16 students of a leading private school. 16 students of Class 12 of Vivek High School in Sector-38, Chandigarh were suspended for three months for their mis conduct, the school authorities informed. The incident took place earlier this week when a Class 12 student, who got low marks in his mathematics exam, posted his answer sheet on Facebook with rude and abusive comments about the female teacher. 15 of his classmates also commented. The teacher, who even had an account on the social networking site, saw the comments and complained to the school authorities, which took the matter seriously.

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US Gov’t Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

Yes, they want a total ban on all cell phone and electronic use in your vehicle. No hands free, no Onstar, no speakerphone, you name it. It brings a whole new meaning to “don’t touch that dial!”… While we are at it we really need to get rid of all of the drive thru restaurants – I see too many people wolfing down fries and burgers while trying to drive!

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he believes motorists are distracted by any use of mobile phones while driving, including hands-free calls, as his department begins research that may lead him to push for a ban. LaHood, whose campaign against texting and making calls while driving has led to restrictions in 30 states, says his concerns extend to vehicle information and entertainment systems such as Ford Motor Co.’s Sync and General Motors Co.’s OnStar.

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Stephen J. Cannell Passes Away

Cannell

Stephen J. Cannell, the producer of iconic television shows such as “The A-Team,” “21 Jump Street” and “The Rockford Files” has died. He was 69. Cannell’s family tells ET, “Stephen J. Cannell passed away at his home in Pasadena on Thursday evening due to complications associated with melanoma. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones. “Aside from being a legendary television producer and prolific writer, Stephen was also a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and a loyal friend. Mr. Cannell is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Marcia, their three children, Tawnia, Chelsea and Cody and three grandchildren. Stephen was the pillar of strength within his family and he touched everyone he met. He will be most deeply missed.

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Here are some of my favorites from Cannell:

The A-Team
The Rockford Files
Castle
Finally, who can forget The Greatest American Hero!

Survey: Children like e-books, parents not so much

Children are ready to try e-books, with some thinking that a bigger selection of electronic texts would make reading for fun even more fun, according to a new study. But a solid majority of parents aren’t planning to join the digital revolution. The 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report, released Wednesday and commissioned by Scholastic Inc., offers a mixed portrait of e-books and families. Around six out of 10 of those between ages 9 and 17 say they’re interested in reading on an electronic device such as the Kindle or the iPad. Around one out of three from the same age group say they’d read more “for fun” if more books were available on a digital reader. Among the books that can’t be downloaded: the “Harry Potter” series, published in the U.S. by Scholastic. J.K. Rowling has said she prefers her work to be read on paper. The e-market has grown rapidly since 2007 and the launch of Amazon.com’s Kindle device, from less than 1 percent of overall sales to between 5 to 10 percent, publishers say. But the new report is also the latest to show substantial resistance. Just 6 percent of parents surveyed have an electronic reading device, while 76 percent say they have no plans to buy one. Sixteen percent plan to have one within the following year.

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Medal of Honor Banned on U.S. Military Bases

The FPS genre continues to draw negative attention as far as morality is concerned, particularly in relation to Medal of Honor, a game that’s been rather boastful of its current significance to both American and foreign military soldiers alike. The player will have a chance to kill people in Afghanistan, no doubt, but the ability to play as the Taliban is apparently where many Americans, particularly mothers, draw the line of ethics: “How can they say it’s OK for someone to play the Taliban? You’ll have people sitting at home, drinking beer, shooting at American soldiers, maybe missing, then starting over. Well, Ken didn’t have a chance to start over,” said Karen Meredith on behalf of her son.

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Lost iPhone prototype spurs police probe

“Silicon Valley police are investigating what appears to be a lost Apple iPhone prototype purchased by a gadget blog, a transaction that may have violated criminal laws, a law enforcement official told CNET on Friday. Apple has spoken to local police about the incident and the investigation is believed to be headed by a computer crime task force led by the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office, the source said. Apple’s Cupertino headquarters is in Santa Clara County, about 40 miles south of San Francisco. Editors at Gizmodo.com, part of Gawker Media’s blog network, said in an article posted Monday that they paid $5,000 for what they believed to be a prototype of an impending iPhone 4G. The story said the phone was accidentally left at a bar in Redwood City, Calif., last month by an Apple software engineer and found by someone who contacted Gizmodo, which had previously indicated it was willing to pay significant sums for unreleased Apple products.”

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D.C. to AT&T: All Your Unused Minutes Are Belong to Us!

“Washington, D.C. is suing AT&T because some customers who buy its prepaid calling cards don’t always use up all the minutes. The city isn’t suing on behalf of the customers, of course (though even that would be sort of silly). It’s suing on the notion that when a customer doesn’t use up all of a product or service they purchase, the remainder belongs to the government. So they want the company to pay what the minutes are worth to the D.C. government, where they might be better used on, oh I don’t know, maybe to pay overtime for Mayor Adrian Fenty’s mountain bike detail.”

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