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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jul 06, 2011 Israel Debates Two-Day Weekends, and Its Lifestyle
QUOTE: Pretty much the entire Western world observes Saturday and Sunday as its weekend, and many in Israel would like to align the schedule here with that of the West....With nearly a fifth of the population Muslim Arab, a natural choice for the second day off would be Friday, the Islamic holy day.
New York Times Apr 06, 2011 Fiesta Bowl’s Lesson: Boards Must Watch for Red Flags
QUOTE: Charitable funds have gone misspent, jobs have been lost, and the reputation of one of college football’s most prominent organizations has been sullied... The ultimate (and often unfair) question in situations like this is, Where was the board?
Chronicle of Philanthropy Sep 09, 2009 Did Family Guy cause 179,997 FCC indecency complaints?
QUOTE: Whose fault is it that the FCC received 179,997 indecency complaints in March?
Ars Technica Aug 17, 2009 Should we forgive Michael Vick?
QUOTE: Science says we'll be healthier if we do, but some argue there's room in a healthy life for a good grudge
Salon Jul 24, 2008 Hasbro Threatens Facebook's Scrabulous: If the traffic-generating Scrabble knockoff is removed due to copyright issues, the social networking site may lose many frequent visitors
QUOTE: The playing may soon stop. On July 24, gamemaker Hasbro (HAS), which owns the North American rights to Scrabble, demanded Facebook remove the Scrabulous program, saying it violates Hasbro's copyright. The same day Hasbro filed an intellectual property lawsuit against the Scrabulous creators, Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla, brothers and Scrabble fans from Kolkata, India, who created the game in 2005. "The Scrabulous site is a theft of intellectual property, and we can't allow that to continue," says Mark Blecher, Hasbro's general manager of digital media and gaming. "We expect that Facebook will take it down."
BusinessWeek Jul 19, 2008 Trading in Soccer Talent
QUOTE: But there are also potential downsides, especially for fans. Investors could be tempted to sell a player as soon as his value increases, robbing the team of a key figure at a vital moment. If funds control players on opposing teams, there is the appearance of conflict of interest. And many supporters fear that people with no emotional attachment to a club might exert too much control...Still, the involvement of third parties is controversial. A scandal in Europe over who owned two Argentine players transferred from the Brazilian club Corinthians to England in 2006 prompted football’s governing body, FIFA, to ban third-party ownership in January.
New York Times Jul 18, 2008 Amputee Sprinter’s Beijing Quest Is Over
QUOTE: In May, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned a ban by track and field’s world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, saying that there was not enough evidence to prove that Pistorius’s j-shaped blades, which attach below his knees, gave him an advantage. The Court said he should be allowed to compete with able-bodied athletes. Even so, Pistorius had yet to meet the Olympic qualifying standard of 45.55 in the 400.
New York Times Jul 10, 2008 Build a Wiffle Ball Field and Lawyers Will Come (Our Towns)
QUOTE: But, alas, they had no idea just who would come — youthful Wiffle ball players, yes, but also angry neighbors and their lawyer, the police, the town nuisance officer and tree warden and other officials in all shapes and sizes. It turns out that one kid’s field of dreams is an adult’s dangerous nuisance, liability nightmare, inappropriate usurpation of green space, unpermitted special use or drag on property values, and their Wiffle-ball Fenway has become the talk of Greenwich and a suburban Rorschach test about youthful summers past and present.
New York Times Jun 30, 2008 ‘Love Guru,’ Panned in U.S., Heads to India (Media Talk)
QUOTE: What’s worse: that the new Mike Myers movie, “The Love Guru,” satirizes Indians and mocks Hinduism, or that it is just not funny? That is the question in India, where the film is expected to be released in coming weeks by Paramount Pictures. The film stars Mr. Myers as an American who grew up in India and became a Hindu wise man, albeit one with a fondness for women and a potty mouth. The movie has appalled some Hindus in the United States and other countries where it has been screened. Religious groups have accused it of “blatant ridiculing” of Hinduism and called for a boycott.
New York Times Jun 28, 2008 Cozy Spot to Eat After Golf, but Women Are Barred (Phoenix Journal)
QUOTE: Charges of sexism against private golf clubs are not uncommon; the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, where the Masters is held each year, does not permit women to be members. But here in Arizona, where the governor, secretary of state, chief justice and Senate minority leader are women, it has rankled more than a few women that nonmember men have more rights than paying female members at the Phoenix Country Club, a century-old fixture in the city’s social and business life where it costs tens of thousands of dollars a year to belong.
New York Times Jun 26, 2008 Study Shows Problems With Olympic-Style Tests
QUOTE: Athletes who want to cheat by injecting themselves with a performance-enhancing drug that boosts their blood cell count can do so with little risk of getting caught, a new study indicates, possibly exposing another flaw in what is regarded as the world’s toughest anti-doping program.
New York Times Jun 26, 2008 Hollywood Braces for an Actors’ Strike
QUOTE: SAG’s leadership is lobbying Aftra members to reject the contract offer because the larger union says it does not offer enough in minimum wages for major television series roles and does not secure adequate payments for the digital use of actors’ work. SAG is also seeking new rules on product placement and an increase in allowance for gas and travel costs.
New York Times Jun 24, 2008 'Naked Cowboy' can sue makers of M&Ms
QUOTE: In February, the street performer filed a lawsuit against Mars Inc. and Chute Gerdeman Inc., after they released a video billboard showing a guitar-playing blue M&M dressed in a white cowboy hat, cowboy boots and underpants. The company also ran print ads showing a similar yellow M&M. Burck says in his lawsuit that he has registered trademarks to the Naked Cowboy name and likeness.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 21, 2008 In China’s Medal Factory, Winners Cannot Quit
QUOTE: Many Chinese sports schools, in which more than 250,000 children are enrolled, focus on training at the expense of education. Critics, like the former Olympic diving coach Yu Fen, are calling for changes. They say athletes are unprepared to leave the sports system that has raised them. “I do not want to work as an athlete, but as an athlete here I have no freedom to choose my future,” Yang said, speaking through the team’s official interpreter. “As a child, I didn’t learn anything but sport, and now what do I do? I can’t do anything else. I have my own dreams, but it is very difficult. I don’t have the foundation to make them come true.”
New York Times Jun 18, 2008 A Disabled Swimmer’s Dream, a Mother’s Fight
QUOTE: Mrs. Shaw has been left with questions similar to those of other parents who fight bureaucracies they think are interfering with their disabled children’s rights and dreams. Was U.S. Paralympics really trying to protect Kendall when it formally requested that he be rendered ineligible for the Beijing Games? Or did team officials file the appeal simply not wanting the distraction of handling a 6-foot-6-inch 19-year-old with an elementary-school mind and a nursery-school temperament?
New York Times Jun 16, 2008 Physicians’ Group Furious at Cigars in ‘Hulk’ Movie
QUOTE: Last week, the advocacy arm of the powerful physicians’ group unleashed a tsk-tsk campaign against “The Incredible Hulk,” a Marvel film that opened on Friday and is distributed by Universal Pictures. The complaint was of “gratuitous depictions of smoking.” In the movie, which drew a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America, Gen. Thunderbolt Ross, a bad guy played by William Hurt, is rarely seen without a smoke-spewing cigar. (Presumably, the physicians’ association worries that children who identify with the authoritarian general — who wants to annihilate the Hulk, played by Edward Norton — may be tempted to pick up the habit.)
New York Times Jun 12, 2008 Rough Events at Mexican Rodeos in U.S. Criticized
QUOTE: But now the charreada, which is strictly amateur, is facing its biggest challenge. After criticism from animal rights and anti-rodeo activists, eight states over the last decade have cracked down on several events, most notably horse tripping, a centuries-old tradition that involves roping and snaring the front legs of a running mare and that can cause serious injury. As a result, no charros in the federation practice horse tripping.
New York Times Jun 10, 2008 Game Over: Sudoku Spoils a Trial in Australia (The Lede)
QUOTE: Two years later, the number puzzle, which has its own section on NYTimes.com, has succeeded in spoiling a federal criminal case in Australia, wasting almost $1 million in the process. Judge Peter Zahra made the decision to abort the trial and discharge the jury after the forewoman admitted to a prodigious amount of puzzle solving during the proceedings...
New York Times Jun 07, 2008 Panel Upholds Sprinter’s Suspension
QUOTE: Gatlin, a United States sprinter, was tested positive for testosterone in 2006, and he was trying to have the ban reduced so that he could defend his Olympic title in the 100 meters. The C.A.S. ruling, released on its Web site, did not include reasons for rejecting the appeal. It did, however, alter the starting date for Gatlin’s suspension, so he would not be eligible to compete until July 25, 2010.
New York Times Jun 06, 2008 Segs in the City: No Choos, Just Wheels (The Reliable Source)
QUOTE: "They consider that we are wrongfully infringing on their trademark," Main told us yesterday -- referring, of course, to "Sex and the City," the HBO series turned movie, which has earned more than $73 million since opening last week.
Washington Post Jun 03, 2008 Sexism and the City: What's up with this vicious bashing of the 'Sex and the City' movie?
QUOTE: But when you listen to men talk about it (and this is coming from the perspective of a male writer), a strange thing happens. The talk turns hateful. Angry. Vengeful. Annoyed. It's not just that they don't want to accompany their significant others to the movie. How dare Carrie and her girls hijack the box office during a time when the Hulk, Iron Man, Indiana Jones and the good old boys of the summer usually rule?
Newsweek Jun 01, 2008 A New Approach to Horse Adoption (The Rail: The Race for the Triple Crown)
QUOTE: The Ligue is staunchly opposed to horse slaughter, and all racehorses taken over by the group have their papers marked “not for human consumption.” Riboulet said slaughter houses were not allowed to take any horse that did not have papers and a microchip.
New York Times May 31, 2008 Where Have I Seen That Dress? (On the Runway)
QUOTE: What bothered Parker was that she felt she had been deceived by both Grauso and Theyskens, who met her in the studio and assured her that the dress had never been worn except for magazine shoots...Parker says she remarked to Theyskens during the fitting that she was surprised the dress hadn’t been worn before. He assured her it hadn’t.
New York Times May 29, 2008 Graham Found Guilty of Lying in Balco Case
QUOTE: With the conviction Thursday of the former track coach Trevor Graham on one of three felony charges for making false statements to drug investigators, antidoping authorities are expected to review new evidence against several former Olympic sprinters as federal prosecutors move on to a perjury case against Barry Bonds.
New York Times May 27, 2008 Governing Body Suspends Iraqi Soccer Association
QUOTE: The suspension by soccer’s governing body had its roots in a decision last week by the Iraqi government to disband the Iraqi Olympic Committee. The cabinet determined that the committee was operating illegally, because it lacked a quorum and had failed to hold new elections, a government spokesman said.
New York Times May 27, 2008 O.K., Ban Racing … But Then What? (The Rail)
QUOTE: Be careful what you wish for if you think thoroughbreds would be better off without racing. Misguided benevolence can trigger widespread harm, and a knee-jerk response to a poll question is not an appropriate “solution” to serious problems that level-headed participants in the racing industry want fixed too.
New York Times May 25, 2008 When That Good Night Falls, We Want Our Stars to Shimmer
QUOTE: There are a lot of advantages to being famous, but this is one of the terrible trade-offs...All of this information is educational but brutal. It is as though everyone is Googling "malignant glioma" and Kennedy is being cc'd on the results.
Washington Post May 22, 2008 Should Music Startups Give Equity to Copyright Holders?
QUOTE: ...music startups typically owe more in royalties than they earn in revenue during their early stages. Page and Touve propose solving that by giving performing rights societies a percentage of equity in new firms. In return, the startups get access to the music represented by the societies without fear of legal reprisal or having to pay copyright holders cash upfront.
Wired May 22, 2008 The Starting Line: The Taint of Steroids, the Beauty of Olympic Art (Rings: 2008 Beijing Olympics)
QUOTE: ...yesterday’s testimony included allegations that sprinter Antonio Pettigrew, who won a gold medal with the U.S. 4×400 relay team at the 2000 Olympics and never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in a career that ended in 2001, was supplied with such drugs for a four-year period between 1997 and 2001.
New York Times May 01, 2008 ‘Idol’ Judge Admits Rehearsal Guided Her
QUOTE: The issue raises questions about the credibility of the show....The judges frequently warn the contestants that they have to inspire and excite the audience each week and that they risk elimination if they let their attention wane. “American Idol” has long promoted that each contestant’s fate hangs on the live broadcast, when anything can happen.
New York Times Apr 21, 2008 Tension Over Sports Blogging
QUOTE: The dispute has grown lately between the press and organized sports over issues like how reporters cover teams, who owns the rights to photographs, audio and video that journalists gather at sports events, and whether someone who writes only blogs should be given access to the locker room...At the heart of the issue, which people on both sides alternately describe as a commercial dispute and a First Amendment fight, is a simple question: Who owns sports coverage?
New York Times Apr 17, 2008 D'oh! 'Simpsons' Again Angers South Americans
QUOTE: The television show "The Simpsons" is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon in many parts of the continent, but it also has become very good at exposing the region's rawest nerves, and then clawing them sore...the author of a biography of Juan Perón, said that he believes it is unfair to label Perón a dictator, much less the architect of the disappearances. Still, he said, the response to the show seems like an overreaction.
Washington Post Mar 23, 2008 Cheats Heard 'Round the World
QUOTE: ...Commissioner Goodell, at his annual Super Bowl news conference, said of Spygate: "I don't think it taints their accomplishments." Really? It doesn't help a team to know which play is upcoming? Why then does the NFL ban filming signals? Why did the commissioner earlier this month propose new safeguards against spying? Why did New England spy for years at the risk of punishment?
Washington Post Mar 23, 2008 Sled Dogs’ Lives, and Deaths, Raise Questions
QUOTE: Three dogs died in Alaska during the taxing 1,100-mile journey from Anchorage to Nome...By comparison, the Iditarod average was 1.77 deaths from 1994 to 2006, when veterinarians associated with the race began keeping meticulous records. For that and other reasons, animal-rights groups continue to voice concerns about the appropriateness of the race.
New York Times Mar 20, 2008 ‘Law & Order’ Faces a Libel Case
QUOTE: Mr. Batra filed his lawsuit under a doctrine known as libel-in-fiction. To win his case, he must demonstrate that the identities of the real and fictional characters “must be so complete that the defamatory material” becomes a “plausible aspect” of the plaintiff’s real life, Justice Shafer wrote in her ruling, quoting case law.
New York Times Mar 02, 2008 Online Scrabble Craze Leaves Game Sellers at Loss for Words
QUOTE: In January, [Hasbro and Mattel] denounced Scrabulous as piracy and threatened legal action against its creators...The threat of legal action has not gained the companies many admirers.
New York Times Feb 06, 2008 Cartoonists to Protest Lack of Color in the Comics
QUOTE: [A cartoonist] says he was frustrated by the number of times his strip was turned down by newspapers...because, well, they already had a black comic strip. Most editors, he says, only allow for one or two minority strips, viewing them all as interchangeable.
Washington Post Jan 31, 2008 Cheating in Sports: Oh, The Inequity
QUOTE: While many people like to believe that cheaters are dealt with equally from the gridiron to the baseball diamond, the public's tolerance for cheating in sports varies widely...Sometimes the cheating incident is only briefly noted...Other times the cheating is acknowledged but ignored.
Livescience.com Jan 29, 2008 No offense, but ...: The thin line that separates tasteful comedy from what's not is in a state of flux
QUOTE: The issue of cultural sensitivity has become an increasingly complicated one in the world of comedy...Some people fear that when comics don't delineate boundaries, it gives the public the impression that it can freely utter offensive comments.
Boston Globe Dec 30, 2007 Surge in Off-Roading Stirs Dust and Debate in West
QUOTE: The federal government has been struggling to come up with plans to accommodate the growing numbers of off-highway vehicles — mostly with proposed maps directing them toward designated trails — but all-terrain-vehicle users have started formidable lobbying campaigns when favorite trails have been left off the maps.
New York Times Dec 20, 2007 Ethics at the Movies
QUOTE: Films—both new and old—remind us that the nature of our actions informs the nature of the consequences, whether in our personal lives or at work.
BusinessWeek Dec 03, 2007 Ad for New Train Service Strains European Taste
QUOTE: That created the odd spectacle of Fleet Street newspapers — never shy about resorting to national stereotypes when, say, the England soccer team plays a European rival — crying foul.
New York Times Nov 26, 2007 Misgivings Rise Along With Antarctican Tourism
QUOTE: And while the frontier nature of Antarctica is a large part of its tourist appeal, it also means that the region is a legal muddle. There are no obvious answers about who is responsible for dealing with any environmental damage the Explorer may cause or how methods can be created to prevent future sinkings.
New York Times Nov 19, 2007 Child Matadors Draw Olés in Mexico’s Bullrings
QUOTE: Still, the children confront very real danger in the ring, and their fights still end with the traditional killing of the bull. As their appearances have grown more frequent, so, too, has criticism from those who say they should find a safer extracurricular activity.
New York Times Nov 10, 2007 Anger Over Exhumation in Gipper’s Hometown
QUOTE: But while Gipp rests peacefully again after his remains were exhumed Oct. 4, some people in his hometown on Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula remain outraged by what they are calling the desecration of his gravesite — a scene that included recording of the action by ESPN cameras.
New York Times Aug 16, 2007 Chinese toy recalls show need for stringent quality control: Recall puts focus on need for stringent quality control for imports.
QUOTE: This week's recall of millions of toys from China... is focusing fresh attention on whether corporations are doing enough to ensure product safety in an era of outsourced and globalized manufacturing.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 14, 2007 Poll Finds Celebrity Is Factor in Vick Case
QUOTE: Americans say Michael Vick’s high profile has led to preferential treatment from the authorities, and few say his profession is a disadvantage...
New York Times Aug 09, 2007 Bonds's record: Should it stand? The culture of baseball is evolving, some say, while others are waiting for results from legal proceedings.
QUOTE: Some pundits feel that Bonds's record should stand no matter what because the culture of baseball is always changing… [But] some ask if the magnitude of this record crosses a threshold that potentially requires a different response.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 08, 2007 Bonds Sets Baseball's Home Run Record
QUOTE: baseball fans... are unsure what to make of 756 because of the player who struck it. Bonds is alleged to have used steroids beginning in the late 1990s, fueling a late-career explosion in offensive production that is unparalleled in baseball history.
Washington Post Aug 01, 2007 Ahoy! Got a license to ply US waters? US officials, wary of terrorist use of small craft, float the idea of licenses for recreational boaters.
QUOTE: The US government, eager to improve boating safety and plug holes in a largely unguarded coastline, is considering requiring all states to license boaters or possibly mandating that all boaters obtain a federal photo ID.
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