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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Health care-mudgeons:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Health care-mudgeons
  • Widow of Rep. C.W. Bill Young tells Charlie Crist, Democrats not to come to his funeral. Why exactly Crist was told to stay away was not made public. But in her email, Beverly Young wrote:

    This e-mail is to officially advise you that your presence at my husband's memorial services will be unacceptable. I have watched over the years, as Bill had, your transparent attempts to manipulate the political arena. I don't want my husband's memorial service to be another opportunity for that and I will not tolerate anyone turning this into a platform for political gain. Please honor my families request.

    She also told two Democrats who had run against Young not to show up at the funeral.
  • Newspapers could lose above $1 billion in advertising in 2013. A report from the Newspaper Association of America for the third quarter hints that U.S. newspapers will likely see a drop of more than a billion dollars in advertising dollars this year over last. The math done by Rick Edmonds at Poynter uses the 5.3 percent loss of Gannett—which owns 81 newspapers and USA Today—to make the calculation:
    NAA calculated total advertising in 2012 at $22.3 billion as traditionally counted and $25.3 billion including non-dailies and other new ad related activities. A 5.3 percent decline on just the traditional portion would amount to $1.18 billion less in 2013. By comparison, 2012 was down $1.6 billion compared to 2011.
  • Do you feel safer now?:
    Air Force officials tell The Associated Press that twice this year, officers entrusted with the launch keys to nuclear-tipped missiles have been caught leaving open a blast door. That door is intended to help prevent a terrorist or other intruder from entering the officers' underground command post and potentially compromising secret launch codes.
    Such mistakes happen far more often than twice a year, officials told the AP. The four officers involved in the two incidents were given unspecified administrative punishments.
  • Middle class families drive solar rooftop revolution: Utilities eager to change pricing and other policies relating to residential solar installations have claimed that middle-class customers are subsidizing the wealthy. But a study by the Center of American Progress shows otherwise. Eighty percent of the residential installations taking advantage of Arizona Public Service's solar rebate program had median household incomes of $40,000 to $90,000.
    In California and New Jersey, homeowners who live in ZIP codes with median incomes ranging from $70,000 to $80,000 have installed the most solar power systems. The areas that experienced the most growth from 2011 to 2012 had median incomes ranging from $40,000 to $50,000 in both Arizona and California and $30,000 to $40,000 in New Jersey.
  • Study: Childhood poverty and early stress could change brain function in adults:
    "Our findings suggest that the stress-burden of growing up poor may be an underlying mechanism that accounts for the relationship between poverty as a child and how well your brain works as an adult," said Dr. K. Luan Phan, professor of psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and senior author of the study.

    The researchers found that test subjects who had lower family incomes at age 9 exhibited, as adults, greater activity in the amygdala, an area in the brain known for its role in fear and other negative emotions. These individuals showed less activity in areas of the prefrontal cortex, an area in the brain thought to regulate negative emotion.

  • Gay American Indian couple married in Oklahoma under tribal code. Jason Pickel and Darren Black Bear were thinking of going to Iowa to get hitched until they checked out the tribal court under Cheyenne-Arapaho jurisdiction in Oklahoma. Tribal code there requires only that a couple be Indian and that they live within the tribe's jurisdiction in order to get a marriage license.
  • Today we offered a "classic" episode of the Kagro in the Morning show, which is radio-jargon I just made up that means "rerun." Relive the hilarity, as we pre-game the 2nd 2012 presidential candidates' debate with Greg Dworkin & Steve Singiser. Armando asks if the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis will play a role. Which candidate would you rather have had with his finger on the button in 1962? Why so much media interest in the mechanics of polls, which don't count, but so little interest in the mechanics of voting rights, which do? They've arrested a Gop operative in VA for doing what Republicans pay Nathan Sproul to do every year. When are they gonna arrest this guy?

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