Andy’s Cue: Morning News round-up

Here are some of the stories- national and otherwise- that have me talking about this morning in the “News round-up”, there will be two round-ups on Mondays- Thursdays, with a Weekend round-up on Fridays and Saturdays.

Here is a compliation of local, national and international news making headlines this Thursday morning, January 13th:


Psychologists say that 66 percent of women will end a budding relationship if the first kiss goes awry, while only 59 percent of men place the same emphasis.

Wal-Mart may not be in New York City just yet, but it’s coming to a mailbox near you.

The store’s newest pitch to New Yorkers is through direct mail, telling borough dwellers they deserve Wal-Mart aisles. A company spokesman said Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn residents will soon be receiving postcards.

It was a night of remembrance and hope at the Apollo Theater last night, as the stars turned out for a concert to rebuild Haiti on the anniversary of the earthquake.

Cathie Black yesterday made her first major decision as schools chancellor to keep them open, despite the declaration of a weather emergency by the mayor’s office and a warning from the MTA to avoid unnecessary travel.


LOS ANGELES – A homeless man who became a YouTube sensation for his “golden voice” will check into rehab for treatment of alcohol and drug dependency, representatives for the “Dr. Phil” show said January 11th.

NATIONAL- Sarah Palin defended her fiery rhetoric yesterday, but ignited a fresh controversy by accusing critics of “blood libel” in linking her to a deadly Arizona shooting spree.

MySpace is cutting 47 percent of its staff amid reports that owner News Corp. is preparing the social networking website for a possible sale.

Her friends describe it as “a miracle.” Shot in the head less than a week ago, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes briefly for the first time Wednesday.


BRAZIL- Several hundred people have died in mudslides and flooding in Brazil, officials said Thursday

SUDAN- Many southerners are voting for an independent Sudan this week, thirsting for freedom from the north. They equate sharia or Islamic law that President Omar al-Bashir has vowed to strengthen with slavery.