Headlee's Headlines

Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 08:13 AM

Celeste Headlee looks through the country’s newspapers for interesting stories. Here's her roundup this morning:

From The Arizona Republic:
From the article:

At least a third of U.S. companies offer financial incentives, or are planning to introduce them, to get their employees to lose weight.

That's a lot of companies, and it makes me wonder if they leave the method up to employees or offer plans.  And who stands to make money from this huge business investment?

From The Denver Post:
Another economic indicator?  Or a rise in nostalgia during tough economic times?  Either way, reports of the death of the baseball card appear to have been exaggerated.  The card industry has consolidated under one maker - Topps.  From the article:   

A card enthusiast paid $743.98 for a 2005 SPx Ubaldo Jimenez autographed 8/10 (eighth out of 10) rookie card on eBay on Sunday. A 2010 Topps Pro Debut Jason Heyward Futures Game 1/1 card was up to $455 Tuesday with a little under four days left in the auction. A check of card sales on eBay showed thousands of recent cards selling for upward of $100.


From The Houston Chronicle:
People tend to look for villains when disaster occurs.  Former FEMA director Mike Brown in Katrina, Don Blankenship in West Virginia... it looks like BP CEO Tony Hayward may be the bad guy in the Gulf, rightly or wrongly.  Is it ever helpful to focus on polarizing figures in crises?


From The Seattle Times:
Baby boomers have started a national trend:  green burials.
 


From The Los Angeles Times:

An inspector general's report says the Justice Department is totally unprepared for a WMD attack.  After all the reorganization and reinvestment after 9/11, why are we still unprepared?
From the article:

"We are totally unprepared," an unidentified Justice Department official is quoted as saying in the report by the inspector general, the agency's internal watchdog. "Right now, being totally effective would never happen. Everybody would be winging it."

 

From The AJC:
Atlanta-area cities are bracing for a slew of lawsuits over damages from the recent floods.

 

From The Star Tribune:
A Minnesota lawyer is now in a Rwandan jail, accused of denying the genocide there.  From the article:

On Wednesday, Erlinder's relatives were headed to Washington to press for his freedom. Yet despite efforts by Minnesota's U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum to intercede with the State Department, the Obama administration has yet to call for Erlinder's release.

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