Morning Media Summary


U.S. students suffering from Internet addiction: study:

“American college students are hooked on cellphones, social media and the Internet and showing symptoms similar to drug and alcohol addictions, according to a new study.”
Google loses autocomplete defamation case in Italy:
“On Tuesday, lead counsel Carlo Piana wrote on his blog that the Court of Milan has upheld its earlier decision to order Google to filter out libellous search suggestions. These are the suggestions that pop up in Google’s search input bar, proposing what the user might be wanting to search for.”

House moves to overturn FCC on Net neutrality:
“House Republicans moved today to prevent controversial Net neutrality regulations from taking effect, a move that is likely to invite an eventual confrontation with President Obama. “

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Cuba to drill five new oil wells by 2013:
“Cuba on Tuesday announced plans to drill five deepwater oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico beginning this summer, expressing confidence that its efforts will be rewarded with major new energy finds.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Alabama AG to keep enforcing gambling laws:
“The state’s new attorney general said Tuesday he plans to continue the kind of enforcement that has closed three of four privately operated gambling halls that had reopened in recent weeks, but he wouldn’t say if the last remaining hall at Greenetrack in west Alabama is his next target.”

Health / Safety:

Monsanto posts profit in 2Q on corn seed gains:
“Rising corn seed sales helped Monsanto Co. boost its second-quarter profit by 15 percent compared to last year.”

Surgeons raise alarm over waiting:

“In several areas routine surgery was put on hold for months, while in many others new thresholds for hip and knee replacements have been introduced.”

NYC Councilman Leroy Comrie Proposes Bill Banning ‘Happy Meals’:
“San Francisco’s already done it, and now New York may follow suit. New York City Councilman Leroy Comrie thinks the city should consider a ban on “Happy Meals” and similar fast food promotions aimed at kids unless those meals meet certain nutritional standards, Jay Dow reports.”


Washington Post and CBS receiving money from Obamacare slush fund:

“Two mainstream news organizations are receiving hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars from Obamacare’s Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) — a $5 billion grant program that’s doling out cash to companies, states and labor unions in what the Obama administration considers an effort to pay for health insurance for early retirees. The Washington Post Company raked in $573,217 in taxpayer subsidies and CBS Corporation secured $722,388 worth of Americans’ money.”


Tenafly Little League Calls for Mandatory Fingerprinting Of All Volunteers:
“A New Jersey Little League is taking safety up a notch. For the first time they’re requiring all their volunteers be fingerprinted. We’re talking coaches and concession stand workers, too.”


Hahn picks up SEIU endorsement in California’s special House election:
“Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn (D) continues to pick up key endorsements in the special election race for former Rep. Jane Harman’s (D-Calif.) seat.”

Prosser edging Kloppenburg in votes, recount all but assured:
“In one of the most politically charged judicial elections since Rose Bird lost her seat in California, Wisconsin voters marched to the polls and delivered … a dead heat. Fewer than 600 votes separate incumbent Justice David Prosser and his labor-backed opponent, JoAnne Kloppenburg, with Prosser barely in front. Almost 1.5 million voters cast ballots in this race, not far from the 2.1 million who voted in November’s Senate race, an indication of the stakes involved in this election:”

Transportation/ Land Use:

States, Amtrak vying for high-speed train money:
“Twenty-four states, the District of Columbia and Amtrak are vying for $2.4 billion in federal aid that became available when Florida’s governor canceled a high-speed rail project in his state, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday.”