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USA Today 20150113

France; Jews; emigration

About 500,000 Jews live in France, and about 7,000 left for Israel last year, more than double those who emigrated in 2013, according to the World Jewish Congress. (1A)


CENTCOM: U.S. Central Command

Tampa-based Central Command oversees U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria, as well as Afghanistan. (1A)

Charlie Hebdo

Je suis Charlie (French): I am Charlie.


House Ways and Means Committee: “which has jurisdiction over taxes, trade, pensions and health care”.

compromised: networks, systems, computers







USA Today 20150113

PEGIDA: Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West

A weekly rally by a group called Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West grew to more than 25,000 people in Dresden and other cities to protest the country’s immigration policy.

The group’s supporters were asked to wear black ribbons to honor the 17 victims of last week’s terror attacks in Paris.

PEGIDA marchers were outnumbered by more than 80,000 counterdemonstrators across the country, according to police estimates. There were 30,000 in Leipzig in the east and 20,000 in Munich to the south.

---Anti-Islam protests countered in Germany (News 3A)


A New Mexico prosecutor Monday filed murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers who fatally shot a homeless man in March, setting off sometimes violent protests across the city.

Brandenburg filed criminal information papers, which means a grand jury investigation won’t be required. Recent grand jury decisions in New York and Ferguson, Mo., not to charge police officers in the deaths of suspects resulted in protests across the nation and an outcry against the grand jury system.

Perez and Sandy are accused of fatally shooting Boyd, 38, after a four-hour standoff. Video from an officer’s helmet camera showed Boyd, armed with two knives, appearing to surrender before he was shot.

Lawyers for both officer s said their clients will be vindicated.

“Keith, as a police officer, had not only the right but the duty to defend a fellow officer from a mentally unstable, violent man wielding two knives,” said Sam Bregman, lawyer for Sandy. (4A)




Go Ruby Go: new supplement drink that delivers a miraculous mix of 42 different fruits and nutrients [5A]



Our view: At community colleges, don’t mess with success

Community colleges are one of the most effective parts of America’s education system.

So it should come as no surprise that President Obama would turn to community colleges as a way of creating a more proficient and prosperous workforce. Last week, his administration unveiled a plan to make community college free for anyone who maintains a grade point average of 2.5 or above.

Under the program, states would cover 25% of their students’ tuition while Washington would pick up the rest. That 75% would be based on today’s tuition rates, with increases each year for inflation.

The plan has superficial appeal. After all, who doesn’t like something for nothing? But it is fraught with problems.

Start with its cost, an estimated $60 billion over 10 years. That’s not chump change, especially for a federal government already $18 trillion in debt.

The plan’s most troubling aspect is that it would federalize a system that has thrived under state and county management. States would likely set a national tuition rate based on the going rate of reimbursement from Washington when, in reality, colleges’ costs vary widely depending on factors ranging from the programs they offer to where they are located.

Community colleges tend not to have opulent dormitories and cafeterias. They don’t spend millions on coaches’ salaries and athletic scholarships. And they don’t put research ahead of teaching.

As a result, community colleges have managed to keep costs down. Their average annual tuition of $3,347 (Note: $2660 in 2005-2006, in 2014 dollars; source: The College Board) is a little more than a third of what four-year colleges charge on average. And for students who can’t afford even that amount, federal grants and loans are already available.

Opposing view: ‘No one will get a free ride’, Cecilia Mu?oz

America’s College Promise — the president’s plan to make two years of community college free for responsible students — is the bold answer to a leading challenge of our time: how to keep our economy growing while giving all Americans the chance to compete.

In the early 20th century, a grassroots movement helped make high school universal and free, driving high school graduation rates from 10% in 1910 to 60% in 1950. As graduation rates grew, so did our economy.

Nearly 40% of college students are enrolled at one of the more than 1,100 community colleges across America.

Cecilia Mu?oz is director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. [7A]


Shield Rights of Cuban Ballplayers

Over the past two decades, more than 200 woefully underpaid Cuban players have found their way to the U.S. via similarly circuitous and often dangerous routes. When Puig, who made $17 a month (that’s not a typo) in Cuba, finally got to the USA, he signed a $42 million contract with the Dodgers.

If the embargo is unconditionally lifted, then the Cuban government will have considerable leverage over MLB to get a hefty cut of the Cuban players’ salaries. Otherwise, Havana has no incentive to let Cuban players emigrate legally.

The human trafficking will not end because some Cuban players will prefer the risks of the smugglers to giving up millions or tens of millions of dollars to a government that had paid them next to nothing.

Free markets work best on a level playing field. Congress should lift the embargo but condition trade on Cuba’s compliance with, among others, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the rightto free choice of employment.”

Professional baseball players might be an unlikely human rights symbol. But recall St. Louis center fielder Curt Flood’s challenge in the early 1970s to MLB’s reserve clause, which essentially indentured players to their teams for life. His challenge led to free agency. Flood was attacked because he was paid $90,000 a year, then one of the top salaries in baseball. Even so, as he explained in words equally applicable to the Cuban players, “A well-paid slave is nonetheless a slave.”

Gregory J. Wallance is a lawyer and writer in New York City and a former federal prosecutor. He also is a board member of Advancing Human Rights. [7A]

MLB: Major League Baseball

But how does a government pay for would-be MLB players and other not-so-talented people? The real issue is about how to use the taxed money. Or any government should not have the authority and power to tax.


Would Romney rather be president than right?

In a like-father-like-son moment, Mitt Romney tripped over his tongue in his 2012 White House race when he said 47% of Americans would vote for Obama no matter what because they paid no taxes, thought of themselves as victims and were dependent upon government.

DeWayne Wickham, dean of Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication, writes on Tuesdays for USA TODAY. [7A]


No bottom in sight for crude oil prices

Gary Strauss

Wholesale gasoline for mid-February delivery dropped 3.5% to $1.28 a gallon. Wholesale gas typically trades at about 75 cents a gallon less than retail levels, and Monday’s trading reflects retail prices falling up to another 10 cents. Motorists in 18 states are already paying an average of less than $2 a gallon, according to AAA spokesman Michael Green. Nationally, the average price of regular-grade gas is $2.13 a gallon the lowest since May 2009. [1B]


Al Jazeera’s lame attempt to minimize ‘Charlie’ attack

Rem Rieder

In a communiqué to the staff, Salah-Aldeen Khadr, editor and executive producer of Al Jazeera English, provided nine, count’ em nine helpful bullet items that are essentially a road map for how to diminish the significance of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

It said “I am Charlie” — the rallying cry in which people around the world have expressed solidarity with the victims and the satirical weekly itself — was “an alienating slogan.” It took pains to differentiate between the Paris attack and 9/11. It wrote off the tragic event last week as a “clash of extremist fringes.”

Continuing the effort to marginalize attack, Khadr wrote, “Defending freedom of expression in the face of oppression is one thing; insisting on the right to be obnoxious and offensive just because you can is infantile. Baiting extremists isn’t bravely defiant when your manner of doing so is more significant in offending millions of moderate people as well.” [2B]


U.S. companies spent an estimated $292.2 billion last year on an increased number of business trips. And they are forecast to spend over $310 billion — 6.2% more — in 2015.

Even as economies throughout Europe and Asia were struggling, U.S. businesses increased their trips abroad by 6% in 2014 compared with the previous year. And in 2015, the amount spent on business trips to destinations outside of the U.S. is expected to rise 7.9% compared with last year.

GBTA: the Global Business Travel Association [2B]


The Teamsters have contacted the CEOs of six Silicon Valley area companies — Amtrak, Apple, eBay, Genentech, Yahoo and Zynga to tell them that its drivers want to join a union.

Teamsters Local 853 is the union that in November unionized Facebook shuttle bus drivers.

The Teamsters organized Facebook shuttle bus drivers after extensive coverage from USA TODAY brought to light tough working conditions. The Facebook drivers, who work for Loop Transportation, told USA TODAY about unfair compensation — $18 to $20 an hour — for marathon workdays ferrying six-figure earning technology workers to and from work.



USA Today 20150113

As Cuba has found more accessible trade partners elsewhere, U.S. exports to Cuba have dipped to one of the lowest points in more than a decade, from a peak of $710 million in 2008 to $349 million in 2013 and $266 million last year through November, according to the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council. [5B]


Boardrooms globally are heavily male

The data are from a report released today by women’s issues research group Catalyst. Catalyst teamed with data visualization software firm The Data Morphosis Group to examine the gender diversity on boards at stock market index companies. [6B]

Women’s share of board seats at stock market index companies of individual countries:

U.S. stock index companies: Women, 19.2% (S&P 500)

Canadian stock index companies: 20.8%

Norway: 35.5%

Finland: 29.9%

France: 29.7%

Sweden: 28.8%

Belgium: 23.4%

United Kingdom: 22.8% (FTSE 100)

Denmark: 21.9%

Netherlands: 21.0%

Germany: 18.5%

Spain: 18.2%

Switzerland: 17.0%

Austria: 13.0%

Ireland: 10.3%

Portugal: 7.9%

Australia: 19.2%

Hong Kong: 10.2%

India: 9.5%

Japan: 3.1% (TOPIX Core 30)

Of the countries examined for the Catalyst report, Norway had the highest share of women on boards: Women held 35.5% of the board seats at OBX index companies.

Norway has a legislated quota that publicly traded companies need to have at least 40% of their board seats filled by women. The Catalyst numbers reflect that not all firms are in compliance. [6B]


Some shipping companies are trying to box you in by expanding their use of Dimensional (DIM) Weight Pricing. That means you pay for your domestic package’s actual weight or its dimensional weight — whichever is greater. For example, you could be billed the 11-pound rate for this 1-pound box because of its 12"x12"x12" size. (United States Postal Service’s advertisement)


The Testament: A Novel

John Grisham

(iPad Mini)


Little had been learned about Rachel. Evelyn Cunningham, her mother, was from the small town of Delhi, Louisiana. At the age of nineteen, she moved to Baton Rouge and found a job as a secretary with a company involved in the exploration of natural gas. Troy Phelan owned the company, and during one of his routine visits from New fork, he spotted Evelyn. Evidently she had been a beautiful woman, and naive in her small-town upbringing. Ever the vulture, Troy struck quickly, and within a few months Evelyn found herself pregnant. This was in the spring of 1954.

As the years passed Evelyn sank deeper into her own abyss. The rumors became sporadic but never went away. The appearance of her parents at church or at the grocery always prompted stares and whispers, and they eventually withdrew too.

Evelyn killed herself on November 2, 1959, on Rachel’s fifth birthday. She drove her parents’ car to the edge of town, and jumped off a bridge.


Evelyn didn’t want the child, nor did she want anything further to do with Troy Phelan. She took ten thousand dollars and returned to Delhi, where, typically, rumors of her sins were waiting for her. She moved in with her parents, and they waited patiently for the storm to pass. It did not. With the cruelty that is peculiar to small towns, Evelyn found herself an outcast among the people she most needed. She rarely left the house, and with time retreated even farther, to the darkness of her bedroom. It was there, in the hidden gloom of her own little world, that Evelyn began to miss her daughter.


They had learned little about Rachel. Evelyn Cunningham, her mother, was from the small town of Delhi, Louisiana. When she was nineteen, she moved to Baton Rouge and found a job as a secretary in one of Troy Phelan’s companies. She was a beautiful woman and Troy spotted her during one of his visits from New York. Within a few months, Evelyn was pregnant.

Troy’s people arranged for Evelyn to go to a hospital in New Orleans, where Rachel was born in November 1954. Evelyn never saw her child. Troy arranged for the quick, private adoption of Rachel by a minister and his wife in Montana. Evelyn took ten thousand dollars and returned to Delhi. She moved in with her parents, rarely left the house, and began to miss her daughter.

She wrote letters to Troy, none of which were answered. As the years passed, Evelyn became more and more depressed. She killed herself on November 2, 1959, on Rachel’s fifth birthday. She drove her parents’ car to the edge of town and jumped off a bridge.




USA Today 20150113

George Lucas

Lucas, who also has three grown adopted children, knows that kids grow up fast.

By the time she’s 5, she’ll have her own career going and being in school and talking about her friends and her homework... as opposed to right now, (when) she doesn’t have much else to do but hang out with her father,” he says.

Everest was one of the reasons Lucas stepped away from Lucasfilm, the company he started in the 1970s. In October 2012, he sold it to Disney for $4 billion, married Hobson in June 2013 and welcomed Everest (born via surrogate) two months later. [D1]

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