Playboy in search of UVa student bodies (Daily Progress)
The magazine expects to pick at least one woman from each of the 12 schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference. A stop at Virginia Tech is scheduled for April 2 and 3. A spokeswoman for Playboy said each woman who auditions will be asked a few questions about her major and activities at school. She will then go into a back room with a photographer, where she will pose in a two-piece swimsuit or lingerie.
Jeff Lab gets $75 million stimulus grant (Daily Press)
Jefferson Lab landed $75 million in economic stimulus money that will move up the timetable for a $310 million upgrade project, creating jobs sooner rather than later. The Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, better known as Jefferson Lab, is a nuclear physics research laboratory that studies quarks and gluons — the tiniest building blocks of our universe.
Consider This: NPR Achieves Record Ratings (Washington Post)
While almost every news organization saw its audience spike during the political campaign last year, NPR’s surge continues a trend that goes back to at least the fall of 2000, when the organization began aggregating audience data from hundreds of affiliated public stations across the country. NPR saw a big audience increase after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has added listeners since. Its audience has grown 47 percent since 2000, according to figures from Arbitron.
Man Up, Capitalists! (Slate)
Where the hell are the capitalists? Where are all the people who are willing to put their own money, and that of people willing to lend them cash, at risk in pursuit of profit? Why are Wall Street’s tough guys such a bunch of girly men? The Geithner plan assumes that Wall Street’s bravest investors won’t spend a penny or borrow unless the government is willing to cover losses, make loans, and give away extra profits. It assumes, in short, that these great businesspeople are afraid to do business.
Down with Facebook! (The Weekly Standard)
This wonderful column about the over-rated-ness of Facebook is so beautifully written, it’s hard to find one graph. Of course, there is the crushing anticlimax of people re-entering your life who might’ve fallen away into your past, because in each other’s past is where you mutually belong. Perhaps you haven’t seen them in 20 years. Perhaps she was the cheerleader whose shapely legs fired your imagination in geometry class, whose smile could heat the gymnasium, whose jojoba-enriched hair you smelled when you broke into her locker and pulled some strands from her brush, dropping it in a Ziplock baggie, taking it home to fashion an effigy for your hair-doll shrine.
Blogs Provide Insight to Would-Be Franchisees (WSJ)
Sites Offer News, Comments, Updates on the Happenings at Other Businesses; Complaints Are Welcome Too.
Top lenders pull plug on small biz loans (Fortune)
Several of the SBA’s most active lenders have sharply reduced their loan volume. Will new government programs get them back into the lending market?