Originally created 10/31/06

Up 2 Speed

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


WALL TO WALL: President Bush signed into law a bill providing for construction of a 700-mile fence along the United States and Mexican border. The law also calls for more vehicle barriers, checkpoints and advance technology to better secure the border. Critics have questioned how effective a wall might be.


FAIR ACCIDENT: Thirteen-year-old Desire Northington, a pupil at Tubman Middle School, was thrown from a ride at the opening night of the Georgia-Carolina State Fair on Thursday. She was rushed to the Medical College of Georgia after being slung out of her seat on the Orbiter ride and landing under the Spyder ride. Her parents told WRDW-TV (Channel 12) that she was in critical condition Friday. Her grandmother said Monday that she was improving.


WORLD SERIES: The St. Louis Cardinals earned their 10th championship, and first since 1982, by beating the Detroit Tigers on Friday to win the series 4 games to 1.


FRESHMAN 10, 12, 14? The number of pounds gained by the average freshman college student is less than the widely believed 15, researchers at Brown University said. The bad news is that members of "Generation XL" seem to be gaining weight throughout their college careers and creating a pattern of weight gain that lasts beyond their university days.


CORAL GRIEF? Researchers said Wednesday that they fear more than half the world's coral reefs could die in less than 25 years. They attribute the die-off in part to global warming, which has been cited as a reason ocean temperatures are rising and weakening the reefs' resistance to increased pollutants, such as runoff from construction sites and toxins from boat paints.


DEAD RICH: Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain has overtaken Elvis Presley as the highest-earning dead celebrity, Forbes.com reported. His work earned $50 million after his widow, Courtney Love, sold 25 percent of his stake in his work. Presley had headed the list for the past four years. Peanuts cartoon creator Charles Schulz was third, followed by John Lennon.


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