Lost Returns: New Season Begins 31JAN08

The story of the recalcitrant guests of Alvar Hanso, founder of The Hanso Foundation, continues with a two-hour premier on 31JAN08. The sojourn in at the island maintained by Dharma Industries will be recapped to bring new viewers up to date. With the rest of network television paralyzed by the writer’s strike, this is about the only thing to watch on television. The map below, courtesy of strange maps, will aid the uninitiated in understanding the story.


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College Football Games Lead To Fan Violence: More Violence After Upset

A recent study from the University of Colorado finds that game days result in an increased number of assaults, liquor law violations, and assaults. It is rather fitting that this study would come out of CU given the anarchy that erupted during the Buff’s 2005 loss to the Nuskers. Yes, the study came out of the Denver not the Boulder campus, but it still works.

The study used data from 2000-2005 from twenty-six police agencies. Among the finding were:

home games are associated with a 13 percent increase in arrests for drunk driving, a 41 percent increase in arrests for disorderly conduct, and a 76 percent increase in arrests for liquor law violations . . .

host community registers sharp increases in assaults on game days. In addition, there is evidence that vandalism, arrests for disorderly conduct, and alcohol-related arrests increase on game days, Continue reading

Norm Chow To UCLA As Offensive Coordinator

Former USC offensive coordinator – and man who many said the Trojans would fail without – Norm Chow has been hired by UCLA. We will see what he can do against Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga, and Taylor Mays.

What is it about Chow that no school ever wants him as a head coach?

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Michael Nifong Files For Backruptcy

Anyone who is a fan of Duke lacrosse or Rule 8.4 of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, will not be despondent over the news that Michael Byron Nifong, former district attorney for Durham County, NC, has filed for bankruptcy. Mr. Nifong lists his total assets at $243,898 and total liabilities at $180,311,978. That is not good.
But, he still has his license to practice law and a 2003 Honda Accord EX. Wait, he had his license to practice law revoked by the North Carolina State Bar. Well he still has the Accord and it is an EX which is better than the LX. So he has that going for him.

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Surgical Skills Improved By Using Nintendo Wii

If you are about to go under for a surgical procedure and see you doctor playing Super Mario Galaxy on a Nintendo Wii, there is nothing to fear. Yo may just be just warming up for your upcoming procedure.

According to NewScientistTech, a new study shows that surgical residents performed better after playing the Wii.

To test how the Wii affected surgical skill, the researchers asked eight trainee doctors to play it for an hour before performing a virtual surgery. They used a training tool called ProMIS, which simulates a patient’s body in 3D and tracks the surgeon’s movements as they operate. They fed the movements to an algorithm which scores the virtual surgeon on a range of factors. Wii-playing residents scored 48 per cent higher on tool control and performance than those without the Wii warm-up.

So play Halo 3 and become a great doctor.

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Upgrades To President’s Helicopter To Cost Additional One Billion Dollars


According to Aviation Week, the Navy, specifically the Marine Corps, will stick with the US 101, aka the VH-71, helicopter for the helicopter version of Air Force One, known as Marine One. The upgrades will cost an additional $1 billion, on top of the original $6.1 billion price tag. The Navy had also considered the Sikorsky H-3s as an alternative airframe.
The original decision by the Navy to select the VH-71 caused some controversy because the aircraft is manufactured by a foreign company. The VH-71 is manufactured by AgustaWestland, a joint partnership between British and Italian companies.

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