Celeste Headlee, The Takeaway
Celeste Headlee, is a former co-host of The Takeaway.
Each morning, Celeste Headlee scours the country’s newspapers for interesting stories. Here's her list for today:
Nice article about the popularity of "fam caves." Here are the statistics from the article:
Spending on household electronics is up 12 percent, even in a down economy, according to the Consumer Electronics Association... Historically, men have outspent women on electronics, but women are catching up, a study last month found. Women spent, on average, $631 on consumer electronics over the previous 12 months, up $73 from the year before, while men spent $969, up $67. The fam cave is the place where everyone goes to use electronics, and they have replaced the "man cave" with the pool table and bar.
The oil spill is spurring international discussions about regulations that cross national boundaries. Nations are realizing that their neighbor's problem could become their own.
Scientists are trying to save an entire generation of turtles — the plan is daring and risky. They are going to move about 800 eggs to the Kennedy Space Center.
Another norteno singer has been killed in mexico. A new genre of music has sprung up around the drug trade - singers perform "narcocorridos" — "A subgenre that updates the folkloric 'corrido' tradition of ballads about revolutionary heroes to tell the story of, and sometimes lionize, drug traffickers." Like the Italian crooners of the Rat Pack era who were promoted by the Mafia, these singers often get their start singing at parties for traffickers, they get sucked into the drug world and are violently murdered. From the article about norteno singers who've been killed:
The list includes Valentin Elizalde, "El Gallo de Oro," who was shot to death along with his manager and driver in 2006 following a performance in Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas. Officials suggested Elizalde's killing may have been linked to a violent video posted online and set to his song "A Mis Enemigos."
In 2007, Zayda Pena of the group Zayda and the Guilty Ones was shot in a hospital while recovering from a separate bullet wound. A day later, Sergio Gomez of the group K-Paz de la Sierra was kidnapped after a concert at which Vega also played. Gomez was later found strangled, with signs of having been tortured.