Originally created 10/24/06

Up 2 Speed



Too involved in school to know what was going on in the real world this past week? Here's an update:

NATION

POPULATION MILESTONE: The United States Census Bureau reported that the country's population hit the 300 million mark at 7:47 a.m. Oct. 17. The count is an estimate and there's a good chance that the population has already exceeded the 300 million because of the size of the U.S. and illegal immigration.

EARTHQUAKE IN PARADISE: A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit Hawaii early Oct. 15. The tremor reportedly knocked out power for hours and was followed by several strong aftershocks.

LOCAL

NEW NAME ON THE VENUE: Officially renamed the James Brown Arena, the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center got a new marquee on Oct. 16. Mr. Brown was on hand for the honor.

SPORTS

WOMEN'S WORLD: Plans were unveiled last week for the Billie Jean King International Women's Sports Center in New York, the first hall of fame museum dedicated to women's sports. The center will be part of the National Sports Museum, the new home of the Heisman Trophy, which expects to house more than 50 single-sport museums and halls of fame when it opens in 2008.

HEALTH

CALORIE BURNING DRINK: Coca-Cola has announced that in January it will release Enviga, a green-tea infused soft-drink with calcium and caffeine that supposedly burns calories. Health professionals are skeptical of the claim.

TECHNOLOGY

IPOD WORM: Some iPod music players have passed on a worm to Windows-based computers and components, which could allow access for hackers. The music players were sold after Sept. 12 and haven't been recalled. Apple Computers, which makes iPod, said Windows-users should be able to clean up the problem with up-to-date anti-virus software.