Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Our Daily Bread: Google hires cat lady, Pirates still suck, and Gina Redmond gets in a bar fight

Our Daily Bread is a new feature from The Darn News. Our Daily Bread is a synposis of what's worth reading from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and national newspapers like the Washington Post and New York Times.

UFO sighting at O'Hare Airport

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- -- Federal officials say it was probably just some weird weather phenomenon, but a group of United Airlines employees swear they saw a mysterious, saucer-shaped craft hovering over O'Hare Airport in November.

At least one O'Hare controller, union official Craig Burzych, was amused by it all.

"To fly 7 million light years to O'Hare and then have to turn around and go home because your gate was occupied is simply unacceptable," he said.

Cat lady lands job at Google
The cat lady who lives in the apartment below yours appears to be eccentric enough to work at Google, according to this story in the NYT. Google has begun asking candidates questions about their attitudes and life experiences. The iconoclastic company tried hiring employees using traditional rubrics but has since learned that not all talents can be found on a report card. One thing Google found is there appears to be a correlation between owning a dog and being a top-notch programmer.
The money quote: "Sometimes too much schooling will be a detriment to you in your job." Finally, there's a Fortune 500 employer who knows how irrelevant my grades are but values my alma mater's selectivity.

Pittsburgh Pirates still suck
Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Dave Littlefield has acquired journeyman Jose Hernandez...for the third time in the last three years. The fans are overjoyed.

From Pirates Q&A at the post-gazette.com.

Q: So, is Jose Hernandez the left-handed power hitter or the veteran right-handed starting pitcher? Or are Dave Littlefield and Jim Tracy planning on using him in both of those roles?
Judd Fuoto of Oakton, VA

Cat fight at Primanti's on New Year's Eve

A police officer physically subdued a crazy broad at an all-female brouhaha on New Year's Eve at Primanti's in the Strip District. Too much slaw on the sammich. As the officer was breaking up the rest of the fight, the woman fled. Police do not know her identity. Does anyone know where former WPXI anchor Gina Redmond was that night?


Good v. Evil: The Night Collegiate Football Died

Pardon the hyperbole but on January 2, 1987 college football cease to be amateur and officially become a professional sport. The Fiesta Bowl, which had no conference affiliation invited Joe Paterno's second-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions to square off against Jimmy Johnson's number one Miami squad.

Rivalry is artificial. It's based on arbitrary state boundaries and school colors. This game was a contrast of coaches, programs, and style. Made for television drama, it was also the first bowl game played on primetime television.

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