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Wed June 22, 2011
Children's Health

Junk Food Fight: Should Ads Stop Targeting Teens?

Originally published on Wed June 22, 2011 9:01 am

A screen shot of Doritos Asylum 626 project, an interactive, online horror movie created to attract teenage consumers.
Asylum 626

The government says junk food marketers shouldn't advertise to kids. Not just on TV, but also online, in schools and in stores.

The guidelines being proposed are voluntary; food companies can opt out. Still, with four powerful agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration, throwing their weight behind the proposal, the food industry is taking the measure seriously.

One of the most contentious issues is whether the marketing limits should be applied to older kids, aged 12 to 17 — like 13-year-old Reed Weisenberger.

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Tue June 21, 2011
Sweetness And Light

Who Wants To Be The GOAT?

Spain's Rafael Nadal (right) and Switzerland's Roger Federer pose with their trophies after the men's final match at the 2011 French Open. The two men are currently playing in the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.

Always, the worst thing you could call an athlete was "goat." He's the chump who cost his team by dropping a fly ball, making a turnover, fumbling.

Bill Gallo, the beloved New York Daily News cartoonist, would draw a portrait of the goat of every World Series game, depicting the poor stiff with horns for ears. In fact, I suspect the designation of the goat as the figure of ridicule derives from the medieval sign of the horn for a cuckolded husband.

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Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Mexico Captures Alleged Leader Of La Familia Cartel

Originally published on Tue June 21, 2011 4:50 pm

Mexico's secretary of the Council on National Security said authorities had captured one of the most wanted men in organized crime. The Mexican daily, El Universal reports that Alejandro Poiré said José de Jesús Méndez Vargas, or "The Monkey Méndez," the alleged leader of La Familia Michoacana cartel had been captured in Aguacalientes without any confrontation.

"With this arrest, we've destroyed what was left of the leadership of the organization," El Universal quotes Poiré as saying.

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Tue June 21, 2011
The Two-Way

After U.K. Arrest, Hacker Group LulzSec Responds With Bravado

Today, British police said they arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with distributed denial of service attacks on, among other sites, the U.S. Senate and the CIA. Police said Ryan Clearly was linked to the hacker activist group LulzSec.

The Guardian reports:

Investigators believe the arrest is significant and linked to the attacks based mainly at websites belonging to US institutions and organisations.

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Tue June 21, 2011
It's All Politics

Roles Reverse As Obama Seems More Hawkish Than Many In GOP

How much has the nation's political landscape changed after 10 years, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and whatever we define Libya as?

So much so that a Democratic president who ran as an anti-war candidate, at least on Iraq, has come to look like a hawk when compared to Republican presidential candidates.

On the eve of his Wednesday evening speech to the nation in which he will announce how he plans to reduce troop levels in Afghanistan, it's Obama who finds himself fending off calls for a rapid drawdown of U.S. forces there.

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