How connected is too connected?

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For many people their smartphone sits close by at all times. Taking a break can be an impossible thing.

"If we can't disconnect how far are we from becoming addicts?" asks Kay Roseland of Richfield.

Stanford even released a study proving as much and even found that 75% of iphone users confess to always having the phone near them, even while sleeping.

The term iphone window is used to describe how someone lost in the iphone screen can seem like they are staring off into nowhere.

"Unplugging is crucial for memory, relaxation and getting back in touch with loved ones," writes Julio Ojeda-Zapata for the Pioneer Press.

Yet others seem more stressed when forced to unplug.

"There were times when people had to print out maps for trips," writes a MacWorld reviewer.
"remember!"


Walker recall effort set to begin

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An effort to recall Wisconsin governor Scott Walker finally set to kick off on Tuesday.

The controversial governor, whose stiff union busting laws brought strong statewide protests is expected to be involved in a democratic push to remove him from office for overstepping his authority as governor.

"Soon after he (walker) took office he proposed a radical change to state law," wrote Wisconsin democratic party chairman Mike Tate. "To preserve Wisconsin, we must begin the Walker recall immediately."

Walker is not alone. In addition to Walker as many as 17 senators could also face recall elections as well according to reuters. Still no word from democrats on who those senators are.

Already both sides are arguing about campaign contributions Walker has received to fight the recall effort. We shouldn't "allow walker to get all the sleezy cash he can get his hands on." said Tate.

November 15 is when the effort is set to begin.


Immortals, a bad movie but big seller.

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Critics have panned it, but fans love it. Box office hit, Immortals brought in an unexpected $32 million over the weekend.

Critics said the film was confusing. "Nothing more than 300 with 3d," wrote a critic on CNN.

Yet, reviewers on rotten tomatoes, however seemed much more enthusiastic. "The CGI is rendered with imaginative care," wrote one reviewer.

The film's popularity yet lack of narrative are not a concern for audience members. And reviewers even go to great lengths to explain that a lack of narrative is acceptable in the face of such outstanding CGI.

"I didn't go to Immortals expecting to see an Oscar epic," wrote the reviewer. "I went be entertained."

Audience members continue to pore into movies and pay higher prices for 3d movies.

Perry worst debate performance ever.

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It was painful to watch. Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry struggled in the CNBC debate on Wednesday night.

It was most painful when Perry stopped, started, stuttered and finally said I don't know, "oops," when he failed to remember the name of three government agencies he would cut. "Environment," chimed in Mitt Romney, the failing Perry quickly answered, "no, but we do need to cut that." Perry said.

Some are calling it the worst debate performance ever, comparing it to gaffes like the one made by President Carter, claiming there was no russian empire--a fact the cold war found profoundly untrue, according to an articled by ABC news.

Supporters on the Perry side are pushing back. "He's a regular person who makes regular mistakes," said Mark Miner a Perry campaign spokesmen.

Perry is scheduled to make an appearance on the Later Show with David Letterman in effort to downplay the debate flub.

Berlusconi resigns amid sex scandal allegations

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The country elected a multi-billionaire, one of the 118th richest in the world, who now leaves Italy with a budget in shambles.

SIlvio Berlusconi, 75, the italian prime minister, resigned on Friday after becoming embroiled in sex scandal where allegations say he paid for sex with a 17 year old girl according to cnn.

Berlusconi's career was long and filled with scandals and allegations. He once filed for divorce on account of allegations he was having an affair with an 18 year-old causing him to separate with his then wife, Veronica Lerio.

Yet his economic woes cannot be missed. He exits as prime minister, leaving Italy $2.7 trillion in debt, which is about %150 of its economic output.

Combined, Greece, Ireland and Portugual have all received international bailouts which in total is still on half as much as the debt Italy carries according Huffington post.

The head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde emphasizes the international concern for Italian debt woes. The political change should be sign of "clarification and of credibility," said Largarde.


Gray a hopeful and key part to a gopher team

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The former college drop-out Marqueis Gray is poised to lead the gophers even when they are down.

The young and quick Gray has faced a number of hard tests from a broken arm, a grandmother's death to a battle with a teams veteran quarterback.

The 6-4 multifaceted quarterback was an immediate favorite of then gopher's head coach Jim Brewster. After the gopher's tough defeat to Michigan St., there were those who were quick to notice that teams will "have their hands full," with Gray next season says Mark Dantonio, Spartan defensive coordinator.

After struggling through injury and watching the game from the sideline, "I've been trying to get better and my team has been trying to get better," said Gray."

Gopher's athletic director Joel Maturi recognizes the athletes growth. "He knows when to run and when not to run," said Maturi.

At the end of the the Michigan St. game an exhausted Gray walked into the locker room after coming close to the win, but showing everyone what a young player like Gray can add to a young team.


Journalist David Olson dies at 72

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Longtime director at University of Minnesota radio station KUAM, Justin Olson dies at 72.

Known for being able to interview anyone. He once interviewed the Princess Kays of the Milky Way while she posed for her butter sculpture.

Known popularly as Radio K, Olson worked at KUAM and was both and director and anchor.

The Mendota resident was also a family man, photography buff and aviation enthusiast.

Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia Dies

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The heir to the Saudi throne Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz died from colon cancer.

The prince was one of the most powerful princes in Saudi Arabia. He helped the Saudi monarchy walk the line between delicate relations abroad with the U.S. and controlling the spread of domestic terrorism as home.

However for the first time the succession of power is different. It's not clear whether the king will put up the next crown prince or the Allegiance Council he created.

This also raises questions for the future of the leadership in Saudi Arabia. The prince was staunch supporter of maintaining the delicate U.S. relationship. President Obama referred to the prince as a "valued friend," said Obama.


The prince died at New York's Presbyterian hospital where had been battling colon cancer.

Steve Jobs founder of Apple dies

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Steve Jobs, the visionary who transformed computers and the way we use them died from pancreatic cancer on Friday in California.

Founder of the Apple Co. and creator of numerous products of which weren't just aesthetically pleasing but functional as well.

His philosophy was "to strip away the excess layers of business, design and innovation until only the simple, elegant reality remained," said Regis McKenna, a longtime Silicon Valley marketing executive who has worked with Jobs.

Starting with the launch of the Apple II computer in 1977, Jobs grew Apple into a global company worth $350 billion.

One of the biggest innovation was in how Jobs influenced the music industry with the release of the ipod in 2001, followed by the itunes mp3 store shortly after. "He saved the music industry," writes Ed Nash, President of Altius Management an entertainment management company in Nashville.


The CEO, innovator and pioneer was 56.

CBS Commentator Andy Rooney dies at 92

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Andy Rooney, the outspoken curmudgeon commentator on the CBS program 60 minutes died on Friday in New York City. He was 92.

Rooney used his segment, "A Few MInutes With Andy Rooney," as spring board for his witty, yet abrasive comments on everything from the proper design of a coat to the tuition at colleges.


"Andy Rooney occupied a special place in the hearts of Americans," said Sean McManus former president of CBS News. Even when controversial comments were sometimes enough to get Rooney suspended.

Rooney was drawn to journalism from the start and once commented that the luckiest thing that ever happened to him was landing a job with the Armed Forces newspaper, Stars and Stripes when he was private in the Army in 1942.

Asked about retirement in 2010 he shot back, "retire...from what? life?" Rooney said.

Lasting from 1978-2011 the segment was a regular part of the CBS show 60 minutes.