February 15, 2005

It is interesting how the same news can be promoted so differently: TheStreet.com - Retail Sales Look Strong; The AP via ABC News - Retail Sales Are Weakest in Five Months; Reuters - Retail Sales Dipped in January. U.S. retail sales dipped 0.3% in January, but purchases outside the car sector gained 0.6%.

After about six hours of deliberations, a 15-year-old boy who claimed the antidepressant Zoloft drove him to kill his grandparents was found guilty of murder Tuesday and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

The Canadian maple leaf flag is 40 years old today.

Local TV stations have nearly given up covering local political races and issues. In the month leading up to last Election Day, just 8% of the local evening newscasts in 11 of the nation's largest TV markets devoted time to local races and issues, researchers say. Over the same period, 55% of the newscasts included reports about the presidential race. And "8 times more coverage went to stories about accidental injuries" than to local races and issues.

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