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By Andrew Beyer, The Washington Post
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One year ago, the choice for Horse of the Year was settled in the final hour of the Breeders' Cup. Wise Dan defeated high-class international competition to capture the Mile and establish his supremacy as a grass specialist. When Game on Dude, regarded as the country's best dirt runner, flopped in the Classic, he handed the sport's top honor to Wise Dan.
The two 6-year-old geldings are back again at Santa Anita, running again in the final two races on Saturday's card, with the 2013 Horse of the Year award again at stake. Their presence highlights two days of Breeders' Cup action with a large cast of established older stars - a rarity in an era when so many star thoroughbreds are prematurely retired to stud. They include the 5-year-olds Fort Larned and Mucho Macho Man, the top two finishers in last year's Classic; the veterans Little Mike and Point of Entry, 1-2 finishers in the 2012 Turf; and the 5-year-old mare Royal Delta who on Friday will try to win the Distaff for the third straight year.
But Game on Dude and Wise Dan are the principal protagonists in the two days of competition, and once again the Horse of the Year title is Game on Dude's to lose. He is a perfect 5-for-5 this season; his speed figures are outstanding; twice he has demolished Grade I competition by more than seven lengths. The only reason to doubt him is the fact that it's relatively easy for horses to look brilliant when they dominate inferior competition, as Game on Dude has been doing. This is the first time since his 2012 Classic debacle that he's faced a field filled with tough rivals.show more
By Adriana Velez, Digital First Media
In September, when Twitter filed its IPO with an all-male board it was just another reminder of what we already know: There's an alarming dearth of women in technology. Not that this is an excuse for Twitter, which still could have found a way to fill its board with a more diverse group of people. The company is just a particularly high-profile example.
In 2013, eight other Silicon Valley companies with all-male boards have filed for IPOs. Although Apple recently added its first female executive, the likes of Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg remain few and far between. Now parents are asking ourselves, how do we change this for the next generation? How do we raise our daughters so that more will grow up to pursue careers in technology?
Parents can start by exposing their daughters to opportunities a few different ways:
Introduce your daughters to women in your community who work in science. A recent study by University of Texas sociologist Catherine Riegle-Crumb examined the gender divide in high school physics courses. After controlling for other factors, they found that girls were more likely to take physics courses when they were raised in communities where they see women working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).show more
By Brian Fung, The Washington Post
A model wearing Google Glass participates in a run through before the Diane Von Furstenberg show during New York Fashion Week 2012. (Seth Wenig/AP)
Cecilia Abadie was rolling along a California highway Tuesday night when she was pulled over for speeding. She said she was going 70-something in a 65-mph zone, no big deal. But then the police officer saw what was on Abadie's face: Google Glass.
Immediately, the officer added a second violation to Abadie's speeding ticket, for using a video screen.
"A cop just stopped me and gave me a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving!" she wrote on her Google Plus page. "Is #GoogleGlass ilegal while driving or is this cop wrong???"
Turns out the law is real. Under California rules, video screens are prohibited anywhere ahead of the front seats unless they're displaying GPS information, a map or information about the car itself.show more
By Staff, Digital First Media
A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that most of Texas' tough new abortion restrictions can take effect immediately - a decision that means at least 12 clinics will no longer be able to perform the procedure starting as soon as Friday.
The ruling A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital can take effect while a lawsuit challenging the restrictions moves forward. The panel issued the 20-page ruling three days after District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled the restrictions unconstitutional.
After Yeakel halted the restrictions from taking effect as planned, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott made an emergency appeal to the conservative 5th Circuit, arguing that the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges is a constitutional use of the Legislature's authority.
"This unanimous decision is a vindication of the careful deliberation by the Texas Legislature to craft a law to protect the health and safety of Texas women," Abbott, a Republican who is running for governor, said in a written statement.
What doesn't change The panel left in place a portion of Yeakel's order that prevents the state from enforcing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol for abortion-inducing drugs in cases where the woman is between 50 and 63 days into her pregnancy. Doctors testifying before the court had said such women would be harmed if the protocol were enforced.
The restrictions The abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are among the toughest in the nation. The bill gained notoriety when Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis launched a nearly 13-hour filibuster against them in June. Davis has since launched her own gubernatorial campaign and could face Abbott in the November 2014 election.
The lawsuit After the Texas Legislature voted to pass the bill, lawyers for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers brought a lawsuit, arguing that an admitting-privileges requirement for doctors would force the closure of a third of the clinics in Texas. .
What's next The court's order is temporary until it can hold a complete hearing, likely in January.
"This fight is far from over," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a written statement Thursday. "This restriction clearly violates Texas women's constitutional rights by drastically reducing access to safe and legal abortion statewide.
With the Associated Press.
By CHRIS MAYS / Reformer Staff
HALIFAX -- Although a resident offered the town use of his private property to host a tower, town officials were told that it won't be put up unless deemed completely necessary.
A representative from VTel spoke with Halifax Selectboard member Earl Holtz, who is also a member of the Broadband Committee. The committee has been working towards establishing more broadband connections and improve Internet speed in general.
"(VTel indicated) that they'll provide for Halifax via Guilford, Marlboro, Whitingham and I think possibly Wilmington," said Holtz.
Gov. Peter Shumlin had created an initiative calling for every home and business to have access high-speed Internet by the end of the year. Parts of Halifax have poor connections or no connection at all.
Plans for a tower to be put up at the church known as the Halifax Union Center, which is near the Halifax Center, have been put off for now. Discussions had begun in 2012 but then hit a standstill. Ultimately, it was decided that the location would be moved to a private residence if the tower were to be constructed at all.
As the Broadband Committee works on updating and improving the town website through a grant, its members await word from VTel on whether or not the town would receive the service it needs from the surrounding towns' towers.
"We're going to slow walk that to verify whether we need it or not," said Holtz.
A member of the Broadband Committee went to the special meeting on Oct. 29, which was called together by the Marlboro Selectboard and Planning Commission to discuss plans to build a 140 foot communications pole off Old Hogback Road.
That tower eventually will include nine panel antennas and three microwave dish antennas.
"They announced they'd provide some coverage from that tower to Halifax," said Holtz.
He said the committee was informed that the Marlboro tower "will be bigger or more sophisticated" than the one previously planned for Halifax. Marlboro residents were concerned that the coverage would not reach many of their households.
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