IN THE NEWS: TWITTER OVER TV FOR CONVENTIONS
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) -- It seems people are starting to choose Twitter over TV when it comes to following political conventions. The number of people who watched last week's Republican National Convention on TV dropped sharply from 2008. While that suggests there isn't as much interest in the political process as there was four years ago, the convention was a hit online and on social networks. A Fordham University political science professor says the increase in the popularity of social networking sites gives people a chance to get the information they want without having to park themselves in front of a TV set for hours.
IN THE NEWS: VIRGINIA ISSUING CONCEALED-CARRY PERMITS TO OUT-OF-STATERS
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia is issuing a rising number of concealed-carry gun permits to people who live in other states. And one of the reasons for that may be because of online gun classes. The courses let applicants seek permits from Virginia that are valid in other states. But getting a permit in Virginia means you won't have to meet the tougher requirements their home states may have -- like firing a gun with an instructor. Virginia State Police have issued more than 1,600 concealed-carry permits to nonresidents through the first half of this year -- about 300 more than last year. There are no hard numbers to explain why nonresident permits are soaring because state police do not track how many people take online training compared to other types of training.
Online gun training site: http://www.onlinegunclass.com
Another online gun training site: http://www.concealed-carry.net
ON THE WEB: WHAT TO DO FOR AN EASTWOOD ENCORE?
UNDATED (AP) -- Surely no one at this week's Democratic National Convention will be caught dead talking to an empty chair -- like Clint Eastwood did last week at the Republican convention. But that hasn't kept comedians and celebrities from suggesting on Twitter ways the Democrats can top Eastwood's act last Thursday. Patton Oswalt cracked: "To restore balance to the universe, Obama must have Tommy Chong onstage at the DNC talking to a steak." "Star Trek" actor George Takei said he's "drafting a DNC speech to (an) imaginary Romney in an empty factory." And "Saturday Night Live" cast member Seth Myers said the Democrats should have Vice President Joe Biden "go shirtless" in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Twitter site: http://www.twitter.com
IN STORES: HIGH-TECH HOTEL BARGAINS FOR
NEW YORK (AP) -- The last time you paid for a hotel room, did you also pay for Internet access? The answer may depend on where you decided to lay your head for the night. More hotels these days are charging for in-room Internet access, while others are providing free computers in the lobby. Oddly enough, the more you pay for a room, the less free access you might get. Often, budget hotels include more freebies while higher-end lodgings offer fewer. The head of the American Hotel and Lodging Association says five-star hotels feel their customers can pay for amenities like Internet access, while less-expensive digs may offer it as an incentive for budget-conscious travelers. These days, 23 percent of hotels now charge for in-room Internet service -- up from just 15 percent four years ago.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.