Morning Media Summary


Sony Details Restoration Plans for Playstation Network:
“Nearly two weeks after being the subject of one of the largest data breaches in business history, the PlayStation Network will go back online this week, Sony announced Sunday morning. ”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Gas Tax Hike May Be Proposed In Special Session:
“Pain at the pump. If you think gas prices are high now, there is a plan that could push them even higher.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Kansas House Rejects Casino Challenge:
“After lengthy debate and mul¬ti¬ple votes, the House rejected a res¬o¬lu¬tion Thurs¬day that would have directed the Kansas Attor¬ney Gen¬eral to chal¬lenge in court a state con¬tract with a casino devel¬op¬ment in Mulvane.”

Health / Safety:

Behind the coming physician shortage:
“The United States already faces a growing physician shortage. As our population ages, we require more and more intensive health care. At the same time, enrollment in medical schools has been essentially flat, meaning we are not producing new physicians at anywhere near the rate we need to. In fact, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges, we face a shortfall of more than 150,000 doctors over the next 15 years.”

FDA Scores Major Contraband Bust:
“The US Food and Drug Administration, always alert for dangers to the homeland, concluded a lengthy and wide-ranging sting operation recently, bringing a halt to the nefarious activities of a band of smugglers trading in illicit goods. The identity of the culprits came as a surprise to shocked neighbors since they were Amish farmers. The nature of the seized contraband? Milk.”


Gas prices and debt to dominate Congress in May:
“The Congress returns to work on Monday to begin negotiations in earnest on the government’s jumbo-sized debt, even as Republicans and Democrats trade blame for soaring gasoline prices.”


Your location ‘extremely valuable’ to Google:
“Google recently wrote off concerns about its mobile devices sending precise user location data back to its servers, but recently uncovered emails illustrate that user location is instrumental in its strategy.”


Germany lifts labor restrictions on Eastern nations:

“Germany on Sunday finally opened the doors to workers of eight eastern European nations, seven years after they joined the European Union bloc in 2004.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Two track alternative through Bay Area picks up steam for high-speed rail:
“That sparkling new $6.1 billion high-speed rail line that California has been eyeing for the Bay Area might get traded in for a 150-year-old fixer-upper.”