Headlees Headlines

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 08:21 AM

Each morning, Celeste Headlee scours the country’s newspapers for interesting stories. Here's her list for today:

From The Chicago Sun-Times:

Big name acts are canceling concerts all over the country this summer.  The Country Throwdown Tour even had to cancel shows in Houston and Dallas.  In the first six months of this year, concert revenues were down $200 million over last year.  That's despite the fact that ticket prices are down a bit to encourage people.

From AZ Central:

Some baseball players say they will boycott next year's All-Star game if it is not moved from Phoenix. From the article:

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo spoke in the strongest terms when he said, "If the game is in Arizona, I will totally boycott." Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jose Valverde called it "the stupidest thing you can ever have."  The game is scheduled for July 12 at Chase Field and would be the first MLB All-Star Game played in Arizona.

From The Detroit News:

Bill Gates invested $23 million in a company that is designing a whole new engine. The company said the Opoc engine, with a different configuration of pistons and cylinders, is up to 50 percent more fuel-efficient than conventional engines with similar output, and half the weight and size. With half as many parts as a conventional engine, the Opoc also costs less to manufacture.

From The Seattle Times:

The NAACP denounces the Tea Party.  From the article:

The NAACP is expected to approve a resolution at its annual convention condemning the tea-party movement for harboring "racist elements that are a threat to our democracy," a spokeswoman for the civil-rights organization said Monday.The proposed resolution states the "movement is not just about higher taxes and limited government but something that could evolve and become more dangerous," NAACP spokeswoman Leila McDowell said. Delegates gathering in Kansas City will consider the resolution as early as Tuesday.

From The Los Angeles Times:

A federal case begins today challenging the "don't ask" policy.  It's the first major constitutional challenge of the policy since 2003, with the Supreme Court decision on anti-sodomy laws.  From the article: 

The group also contends that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy is discriminatory and violates lesbians' and gay men's constitutional rights to due process, freedom of speech and right to association. It asks U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips for a permanent injunction that would forbid the government to enforce the policy.

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