Headlee’s Headlines

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 08:30 AM

Every morning, Celeste Headlee scours the country’s newspapers for interesting stories. We're sharing her story lists with you. Here's today's roundup:

From The Chicago Sun-Times:
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has proposed eliminating at least part of the $13 billion deficit by applying the state sales tax to iTunes downloads of music and movies. He sees it as updating the tax code to catch up with changing times. From the article:

"We think that's an area where we've not kept up with technological change," said David Vaught, director of Quinn's Office of Management and Budget.

From The Denver Post:
We talked about the change to teacher pay that was considered in Florida. The Governor vetoed that bill, but a very similar bill is on its way through the Colorado State house and this time, there is a governor that supports it. So this time, there will probably be no veto.

From The Houston Chronicle:
It's the modern-day version of the Tupperware party. Instead of plastic containers or vanilla-scented candles, people have started holding gold parties. Guests bring gold watches and silverware and leave with cash. From the article:

With the recession squeezing family budgets and gold prices on the rise, gold parties have become increasingly popular in cities and suburbs around the country, including Houston. The parties began gaining notice about two years ago and have continued to grow with the price of gold, which has more than doubled in the last five years. Today, an ounce of the precious metal is worth more than $1,100. Two gold buyers with Gold Buying Girl worked Moyer's party. They arrived with a scale, an acid kit and a magnifying loupe to appraise the jewelry. They also had a computer to look up the current gold price and calculate the payouts. Once the authenticity, weight and price had been determined, the buyer received an offer based on total grams. If accepted, a check was written on the spot.

From The Detroit Free Press:
A judge in Detroit told Kwame Kilpatrick to pack his bags, as he may be heading to jail next month. Sentencing is on May 25th. From the article:

"You would be well-advised to have your affairs in order prior to sentencing," Judge Groner warned Kilpatrick after allowing him to go free on a personal recognizance bond Tuesday.

From The Miami Herald:
Charlie Crist can't make it to the Senate as a Republican. From the article:

Because if, as widely expected, he runs for the U.S. Senate as an unaffiliated, independent candidate, all the long-held political assumptions about America's biggest battleground state are out the window.

From The New York Times:
California has laid off 22,000 teachers. Illinois authorities say they'll cut 17,000 jobs in public schools. And New York says almost 15,000 teachers could lose their jobs in June. From the article:

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan estimated that state budget cuts imperiled 100,000 to 300,000 public-school jobs nationwide. He said Monday that the nation was flirting with "education catastrophe" and urged Congress to approve additional stimulus funds to save school jobs.

(More on this from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

From Alternet:
A study in the online journal Current Research in Social Psychology shows that "when participants believed that science rejected a claim, they moved in the direction of being more likely to accept the clam as true. This finding ran counter to our expectations, but is consistent with findings that trust in science is decreasing.”  More people said they believed in ESP after they learned that science disproves it.

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