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Man: My wife and I were secretly filmed at our Airbnb rental

Ars - Tue, 2017-10-10 15:15

Derek Starnes (right) told police that the hidden camera captured this still (taken from a video) of himself and his wife at their Airbnb rental. (credit: Longboat Key Police Department)

A man has been accused of hiding at least two cameras in his Airbnb rental in the well-to-do coastal town of Longboat Key, Florida, between Tampa and Sarasota.

A couple visiting from Indiana discovered the cameras—one in the bedroom and one in the living room—on September 1, just a day after arriving, and reported them to police. The husband, Derek Starnes, told a local ABC television affiliate that he is sure the bedroom camera recorded him naked.

"My wife and I are distressed by this situation," Starnes told the TV station. "I hope more victims will come forward."

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Books of The Times: In Ron Chernow’s ‘Grant,’ an American Giant’s Makeover Continues

NY Times - Tue, 2017-10-10 15:12
Chernow is out to find undiscovered nobility in Ulysses S. Grant’s story, and he succeeds.

Trump blames Republicans in Congress for his woes. Does he have a point?

Washington Post - Tue, 2017-10-10 15:00
How fair is it for Team Trump to entirely blame Congress for its lackluster nine months in office?

A brief history of Trump challenging people to IQ tests

Washington Post - Tue, 2017-10-10 15:00
Trump sees IQ like his net worth: Always higher than you might assume.

A ‘pressure cooker’: Trump’s frustration and fury rupture alliances, threaten agenda

Washington Post - Tue, 2017-10-10 15:00
The president is feuding with some lawmakers and is angry about criticism of his administration’s hurricane response.

Apple—not a network or streaming giant—nabs a Spielberg TV series reboot

Ars - Tue, 2017-10-10 14:58

If the production quality can match this, we're totally in.


Hollywood reboots are nothing new these days. In fact, they're so common that even a reboot of an oddball cult-classic barely turns heads (Twin Peaks shows that formula can succeed, right?). And anything from the back catalogue of an iconic creator like Steven Spielberg may be continually ripe for revisiting. Just this summer, Amblin Entertainment confirmed Spielberg's involvement with a new Animaniacs series, for instance.

So at first blush, Deadline detailing today that Spielberg's Amazing Stories (an anthology series that aired on NBC in the mid-'80s) is being explored for modern audiences seems ho-hum. But it's not NBC (which has an existing partnership with Amblin) or streaming contenders like Netflix and Amazon reportedly close to a deal—it's Apple.

"We love being at the forefront of Apple's investment in scripted programming," NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke told the site. "And I can't think of a better property than Spielberg's beloved Amazing Stories franchise."

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The Democratic Party has an age problem

CNN - Tue, 2017-10-10 14:54
The young blood in the Democratic Party is (still) waiting for its moment.

CEO says women should repeat outfits

CNN - Tue, 2017-10-10 14:52

T’s Best Images From Fashion Month

NY Times - Tue, 2017-10-10 14:50
The 30 unusual, surprising pictures from the shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris.

In Love With Romance Novels, but Not Their Lack of Diversity

NY Times - Tue, 2017-10-10 14:48
The owners of the Ripped Bodice bookstore gathered data about writers’ races, and the results confirmed what many authors and consumers already knew.

On the (Rising) Trail of Thai Food in America

NY Times - Tue, 2017-10-10 14:46
Why is such a sophisticated, spicy cuisine often rendered bland and cloying? A former Bangkok correspondent finds answers and good news in California.

In killing the Clean Power Plan, EPA wants a narrow Clean Air Act

Ars - Tue, 2017-10-10 14:45

Enlarge / EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. (credit: EPA)

As expected, the Trump administration has launched the process of eliminating its predecessor's Clean Power Plan, which was designed to limit carbon emissions from the electric grid. But what was less expected is the reason the EPA is giving for doing so. It's declaring the Obama administration's approach inconsistent with the text of the Clean Air Act. Rather than regulating a pollutant as a whole, the Trump EPA would like to limit any regulation to the pollution produced by individual sources.

In addition, the EPA is asking for comment on whether it should regulate carbon emissions at all unless Congress specifically tells it to. Rescinding the Clean Power Plan, it says, would, "avoid potentially transformative economic, policy, and political significance in the absence of a clear Congressional statement of intent to confer such authority on the Agency."

Collective vs. individual emissions

The Obama-era EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. This portion of the statute allows the EPA to set overall standards for emissions of a pollutant for each state; the state would then provide the EPA with a plan for reaching that standard. Those plans should include "standards of performance for any existing source for any air pollutant," and, collectively, this should create the "best system of emissions reduction."

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Model defends controversial Dove ad

CNN - Tue, 2017-10-10 14:41

FCC’s claim that one ISP counts as “competition” faces scrutiny in court

Ars - Tue, 2017-10-10 14:35

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Dimitri Otis)

A Federal Communications Commission decision to eliminate price caps imposed on some business broadband providers should be struck down, advocacy groups told federal judges last week. The FCC failed to justify its claim that a market can be competitive even when there is only one Internet provider, the groups said.

Led by Chairman Ajit Pai, the FCC's Republican majority voted in April of this year to eliminate price caps in a county if 50 percent of potential customers "are within a half mile of a location served by a competitive provider." That means business customers with just one choice are often considered to be located in a competitive market and thus no longer benefit from price controls. The decision affects Business Data Services (BDS), a dedicated, point-to-point broadband link that is delivered over copper-based TDM networks by incumbent phone companies like AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink.

But the FCC's claim that "potential competition" can rein in prices even in the absence of competition doesn't stand up to legal scrutiny, critics of the order say.

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Op-Ed Contributors: Mysterious Sounds and Scary Illnesses as Political Tools

NY Times - Tue, 2017-10-10 14:32
The narrative around the “sonic attack” on the American embassy in Cuba fits a troubling pattern for Trump.

The legend of the 'Tarzan' of Madagascar

CNN - Tue, 2017-10-10 14:30
Bill Weir learns the story behind the name of one of Madagascar's best-known native species -- the babakoto. Tune in to "The Wonder List" Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.

Trump mocks 'Liddle' Bob Corker, says senator was 'made to sound a fool'

Washington Post - Tue, 2017-10-10 14:30
The GOP senator from Tennessee brutally critiqued the president's fitness for office in a recent interview.

Books of The Times: Sylvia Plath’s Letters Reveal a Writer Split in Two

NY Times - Tue, 2017-10-10 14:26
The massive first volume of Plath’s letters dispels the notion that Plath wasn’t aware of her contradictions or in (some) control of them.
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