David Barnes

Budget brings cuts for education, dollars for initiatives

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – In the $2.57 billion budget he unveiled before Congress last week, President Bush called for an overhaul of financial aid in higher education and a major reorganization of aid aimed at helping disadvantaged students. While the overall education budget would be cut by about one percent, the first reduction in 10 years, […]

MTV’s Spring Break sexually charged, explicit, study says

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – MTV aims sexually charged content at young viewers and the cable industry forces objecting parents to foot the bill, according to the watchdog Parents Television Council. In a study released last week, the organization said it counted 3,056 flashes of nudity or sexual situations and 2,881 verbal references to sex during MTV’s […]

President Bush sworn in for second term

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Before tens of thousands of supporters, amid scattered protests and at the heart of an unprecedented security lockdown spanning over 100 city blocks of the nation’s capital, George Walker Bush was sworn in for a second term as 43rd president of the United States just before noon Thursday. Chief Justice William H. […]

Students worry that stress causes early onset of gray hairs

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – As stressed-out students careen toward final exams and another frantic holiday shopping season, science has found something new for them to worry about: Worrying too much. In the first findings linking stress and biological age, researchers found that severe emotional stress may speed up the aging of cells at the genetic level, […]

U.S. military declares victory in Fallujah

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – U.S. military officials declared victory in the former insurgent stronghold of Fallujah Monday, but some resistance remains and violence has spilled to neighboring Sunni Triangle cities. U.S. military sources reported 38 U.S. casualties and estimates guerrilla deaths at over 1,000 since the offensive began early last week, according to Reuters. “The city […]

Spyware plagues student’s computers

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Sophomore Chester Vincent considered himself tech-savvy. But after the pop-up ads appearing on his computer burdened the machine to the point where it refused to turn on, he threw it out and bought a new one. “Every time I opened a web page, I got five other ones I didn’t want,” said […]

Bush cards headline at poker parties

As many voters counted down to election day, some nervous partisans turned to games and humor to wile away the final hours of an unpredictable race by hosting “Bet Against Bush” poker parties. The cards used at the gatherings, which promise to “last years longer than the administration of George W. Bush,” mock members of […]

Video games used as educational tools

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – The future of U.S. forests may depend on how well firefighters do their job in a video game, if the developers of “Wildfire” have their way. Utah’s Office of Planning and Budget wants people tinkering with a game whose object is to shrink the state’s deficit. The military’s use of electronic simulations […]

Naturalized citizens could run for president if amendment passes

(U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – If Sen. Orrin Hatch passes his proposed constitutional amendment, a foreign immigrant who has already claimed United States citizenship could also win the title of president. When the Utah Republican who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee presented the “Equal Opportunity to Govern Amendment” in July 2003, he cited a litany of “patriotic […]