Mizzou j-school/University of Edinburgh alum. Passionate about social issues, culture of all forms, travel, and red lipstick.
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You Know You're From Kansas City If...

First things first: The Kansas City proper we're talking about here isn't in Kansas — it's in Missouri. (Glad we got that straight.) Local pride runs strong here — especially with Jason Sudeiki s and Paul Rudd's Overland Park ties (and, yes, suburban…
By Krystin Arneson

Seriously, Avoid These Drinks While Traveling

Travel calls for drinks: Airport drinks, arrival drinks, big-night-out drinks, sunset drinks, goodbye drinks... I don’t think I’m being excessive here. When I’m on the lash abroad, I like to try what’s local. Alcohol runs through the bloodstream of a…
By Krystin Arneson

Is This Really 'The Real Cost' Of Smoking?

Teen selfie-takers take heed: the government is on to you. The FDA's new anti-smoking ad series, a sophisticated $115-million campaign aimed at 12- to 17-year-olds, is called "The Real Cost" and will use vanity to try to appeal to teens. The governme…
By Krystin Arneson

Marriage Equality on The Line in Virginia, Utah

The same-sex marriage saga continues in Utah Tuesday, as the state files its opening arguments to reinstate the conservative state's gay marriage ban, which was (first) overturned by a judge in late December. Utah's primary argument? That gay marriag…
By Krystin Arneson

Change Is In The Air At Microsoft

Over at Microsoft, it's time for a change. On Tuesday, the software giant revealed that they've appointed Satya Nadella as Microsoft's new CEO, replacing Steve Ballmer, who announced his retirement in August. Plus, Bill Gates will be stepping down as…
By Krystin Arneson

On Facebook's Birthday, Here's Why We Still Use It

On Tuesday, Facebook turned 10 years old, and new research released by Pew on its birthday reveals that Facebook is still the world's dominant social media platform. 57 percent of American adults use Facebook, and 73 percent of those between the ages…
By Krystin Arneson

It's World Cancer Day, and Stats Aren't Looking Up

A new report from the World Health Organization released on World Cancer Day finds that new cases of cancer will likelyy jump from 14 to 22 million cases annually by 2034. According to the director of the organization's cancer department, Dr. Christo…
By Krystin Arneson

Obama's Getting Schoolkids All Wired Up

At Buck Lodge Middle School in Maryland Tuesday, President Obama announced he's secured $750 million in funding from Big Tech companies to help boost Internet access for schoolchildren as part of his ConnectED initiative. The new update on the pledge…
By Krystin Arneson

France is Being Anti-Semitic Again

Holocaust Remembrance Day was Jan. 28, but Jewish people living in Paris wouldn't know it: Videos released of an anti-semitic protest the day before show disturbingly cruel messages aimed at Jews living in France. The protestors had, up until that da…
By Krystin Arneson

Angry Birds Website Gets A Makeover (By Hackers)

Many Americans think the extensive NSA spying program is for the birds, and it looks like hackers do, too. The official Angry Birds website was given a revamp Tuesday that included a title change to "Spying Birds," and the NSA logo was superimposed o…
By Krystin Arneson

Target Credit Card Breach Likely Not the Last

The Justice Department continues to investigate the massive credit-card breach that stole the information of an estimated 70 million Target customers' information and — for 40 million of them, their card details. Now, Target has now come out saying t…
By Krystin Arneson

It's Verdict Day (Again) For Amanda Knox

After four long months, Thursday is verdict day in Florence, Italy, for Amanda Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito. The two are awaiting the appeal's court decision after a retrial for the alleged murder of Knox's British roommate, Meredith Ker…
By Krystin Arneson

There's Hope For Peanut Allergy Sufferers

It may just be that the best way to treat a peanut allergy is to make the affected kids eat peanuts. It sounds like a horribly-thought-out lunchtime prank (like the one that saw an eighth-grader arrested in 2008 for planting peanut butter cookie crum…
By Krystin Arneson

Disgraced Journalists Might Not Be Great Lawyers

Oh, legal karma is a terrible thing: Fabricator of many a story in the late 1990s, Stephen Glass, was rejected for lawyer's license in California on Monday by the state's Supreme Court. While Glass argued that becoming a lawyer could serve as a clean…
By Krystin Arneson

Elections Will Go Ahead in Thailand

Whether anti-government protestors like it or not (they don't), the Thai government's vowed to go ahead with elections set for this coming Sunday, Feb. 2, while America watches the Superbowl. The go-ahead order by Yingluck Shinawatra's administration…
By Krystin Arneson

The Queen Has A Bit Of A Spending Problem

The Queen Mother is a dear indeed, but she's quite loose with the sterling. At least, that's what the first UK Parliamentary report about palace finances has found. The report, published Monday, warns Queen Elizabeth II that she's spending too much a…
By Krystin Arneson

This Medieval Disease Could Come Back

In news-to-give-you-nightmares, scientists have done a comprehensive study and found that a strain of the black plague — known as the wiper-outer of half the world's population in 541 AD, enemy of the Roman Empire, and, 800 years later, the Black Dea…
By Krystin Arneson

Google Glass Thankfully Gets More Stylish

Gotta hand it to Google: It knows its product, the oft-mocked/loved/critiqued Google Glass, looks sort of nerdy — which is why the company's now come out with more stylish frames and prescription lenses for its product, designed to make the product's…
By Krystin Arneson

Obama's Making His Own Minimum Wage

Ugh, Congress is just so slow sometimes — which is why President Obama's taking matters into his own hands by issuing an executive order to raise the minimum wage for employees working for federal contractors. Tuesday's announcement comes convenientl…
By Krystin Arneson

ASU Frat Expelled After Their MLK "Black Party"

After an incredibly racist display of zero common sense on Martin Luther King Day on Monday, the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Arizona State University has been officially expelled from campus. On Monday, frat bros took the evening to commemorate t…
By Krystin Arneson