In today’s news, Herman Cain leads in the polls after last night’s GOP debate; Occupy Wall Street’s ‘hipster cop’ is revealed; police are hunting exotic animals that have been let loose in Ohio; and scientists demonstrate that the number of Facebook friends you have is directly related to the size of your brain. In other news, Naomi Wolf has been arrested at an Occupy Wall Street rally, and Mariska Hargitay adopts her second son in six months.
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Greek protesters clash with police at austerity strike, http://reut.rs/qucm1q
On Wednesday, at an anti-austerity demonstration outside of the Greek Parliament, protesters and police butted heads. The protesters threw stones and fire bombs at the police who were forced to retaliate with tear gas. “We have no future here. All young people want to go abroad and they are right to do so,” said Anastasia Kolokotsa, 17.
Revealed: The Officer Behind the Skinny Tie, http://nyti.ms/o1TmjA
Occupy Wall Street does not have many recognizable faces; however, one cop is getting a lot of blog and social media attention. Known as the “hipster cop,” Rick Lee has become a local celebrity amongst the OWS protesters. “I will reveal that I wear skinny jeans off-duty,” he said, adding that the department frowns upon wearing them on-duty. Detective Lee is causing some controversy as some protesters don’t trust him for being a cop. However, Lee has been one of the police department’s main liaisons between the police and the demonstrators since the protests began.
Turkish troops enter Iraq after PKK attacks, http://aje.me/pJmxeF
Turkish forces have launched an incursion into the mountains of northern Iraq following simultaneous deadly attacks by Kurdish separatists in southeastern Turkey. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long separatist struggle against Ankara, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Kidnapped French woman dies in Somalia, http://aje.me/oDyw7k
Marie Dedieu, a handicapped French woman who was kidnapped by Somalians from her beach front home at a Kenyan resort island, has died. The time and circumstances of her death are unknown. The French foreign ministry said that the kidnappers “probably refused to give her the medication we sent.” Kenya’s government blamed the attack on Somali fighters from the al-Shabab group.
Julian Barnes wins the 2011 Man Booker Prize, http://tgr.ph/rnPvef
After trying four times, Julian Barnes has finally won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for his novel, The Sense of Dying. Accepting the award, Barnes said, “I would like to thank the judges—who I won’t hear a word against—for their wisdom, and the sponsors for their check.”
Police seek escaped exotic animals in Ohio, http://yhoo.it/p49Rw4
On Monday, Ohio’s Muskingum County Animal Farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead, and the exotic animals he looked after were let loose. Schools in the area have been closed, and police have warned motorists to stay in their vehicles since there is a range of wildlife on the loose including lions, bears, and other beasts. Authorities are looking into the possibility that Thompson opened the animals’ cages to free them before committing suicide.
SC voter ID law hits black precincts, http://apne.ws/qZrWLX
South Carolina’s new voter ID laws appear to be hitting the minority populations the hardest. Nearly half of the students who attend Benedict College, the historically black college in Columbia, do not own a state-issued photo ID and could face problems voting in the upcoming 2012 presidential election. The United States Department of Justice has been reviewing the laws for months to determine whether or not they are discriminatory. Among the state’s 2,134 precincts, there are 10 where nearly all of the law’s effects fall on nonwhite voters who don’t have a state-issued driver’s license or ID card, a total of 1,977 voters.
(via NBC) Cain leads in S.C.; tight Fla. race with Romney, http://on.today.com/olzPYF: These two states have played pivotal roles in past Republican presidential nominating contests: Since 1980, the winner of South Carolina’s GOP primary has gone on to win the party’s nomination, while Florida ultimately decided the party’s pick in 2008. Former businessman Herman Cain holds a narrow lead in South Carolina’s Republican primary, and he’s running neck and neck in Florida with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to two new NBC News-Marist polls.
In rare miss, Apple 4Q earnings disappoint, http://yhoo.it/rrqlwo
Apple stumbled last quarter which caused its stock to go down 7 percent; however, this mishap can be attributed to the late release of the iPhone 4S. Tim Cook has promised that sales would come roaring back in the current quarter when the iPhone 4S went on sale. Even so, iPhone sales were up 21 percent from last year at 17.1 million, a remarkable achievement considering that the flagship model at the time, the iPhone 4, was more than a year old.
More Facebook friends linked to bigger brain areas, http://reut.rs/qCp0N6
Scientists have found a direct link between number of Facebook friends and brain size, which may be evidence that social media might change our brain. However, it has yet to be determined whether or not having more Facebook friends makes particular parts of the brain larger or whether some people are simply pre-disposed, or “hard-wired,” to have more friends.
Rich Lowry shows us how, “Mitt Gets Flustered, Cain Gets Shelled,” http://bit.ly/nb83EF
Peter J. Boyer wants to know, “What’s Wrong With Rick,” http://bit.ly/q2bZNU
Clarence Page explains, “When chaos can be a plus for Occupiers,” http://trib.in/oAlXyW
Ruth Marcus believes, “Cain’s 9-9-9 plan doesn’t add up,” http://wapo.st/mVdtW5
Naomi Wolf Arrested as Occupy Confronts Cuomo, http://bit.ly/nZuAd7
Shia LaBeouf urged to try anger management after bar brawl, http://bit.ly/r2Eygh
Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto: Their Best Album Yet? http://on.mtv.com/mVMrOA
Mariska Hargitay Adopts Son Andrew, http://bit.ly/quj3sb