news bits

  • Sept 11 families awarded $US2.6b. 02/04/2004. ABC News Online: Families whose loved ones died or were injured in the September 11, 2001 attacks have been awarded over $US2.6 billion in Government compensation, a fund administrator said on Thursday.
  • Murali goes under the scope - Cricket - Muttiah Muralitharan bowled the five most important overs of his career last night in a bid to clear himself once and for all of the charge of being a chucker. High-speed footage of Murali bowling at the University of Western Australia's human movement department will be used to either clear him of chucking his doosra or reignite the debate over his standing in the game. I hope this sorts it out once and for all.
  • Simpsons actors on strike - TvRadio - The actors who provide the voices for the cartoon characters on the long-running television show The Simpsons have stopped work in an attempt to force a settlement of lengthy contract-renewal talks, Daily Variety reported.
  • | Girls have sex for HECS (April 2, 2004) - this is a rotten bit of journalism. The article states at least 40 struggling students worked in strip clubs, escort agencies and massage parlours; but it doesn't say how many students were surveyed. So, perhaps it's 40 out of 100; perhaps it's 40 out of 10,000. Since we don't know, the number means nothing - a percentage would have been useful. But then, perhaps a percentage would take the sting out of the research (and the story). Think of it this way: statistically, a certain number of people in the general community work in these industries; so if the survey results simply reflected that, then there's no sensational issue (or headline). The article also avoids stating how many survey respondents actually have sex in their jobs; despite using that as the headline. If you read carefully you find that three students have illegal jobs - but yet again you have no idea what proportion we're talking about. Given that this issue has been raised before; the point of running this story is that someone has done a survey to get some real numbers... but the story doesn't actually give that info.
  • Grumpy cat survives wild car-top ride. 02/04/2004. ABC News Online: A grumpy house cat was the toast of New Zealand traffic authorities after it survived a hairy ride through a city clinging to the roof of a car, with the driver unaware of the drama.
  • Google says "Gmail" is no joke, but lunar jobs are


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