WALL STREET-LATE NIGHT COMICS
UNDATED (AP) -- The late night comics are finding laughs in the Wall Street plunge. Conan O'Brien says yesterday's stock dive was triggered by the down-grading of the U.S. credit rating from triple-A to double-A. But O'Brien says on the bright side, Pat Sajak has "offered to sell us another `A' for two trillion dollars." Jay Leno says the bad news keeps coming. Leno says first the nation's credit rating was lowered, then "England, Italy and Greece de-friended us on Facebook." Leno adds the economy is getting so bad, "Angelina Jolie is now adopting kids from America."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- There's something hypnotic about the San Francisco Giants. The reigning World Series champs are turning to a hypnotherapist for help in kicking a nasty habit. Alvera Paxson is working with players and coaches to quit chewing tobacco. Equipment manager Mike Murphy is a believer. He hasn't dipped into a can of chew for two years. Paxson also helped Murphy's wife Carole quit smoking. Paxson says it's an awesome thing to see how the body and mind can work together.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Can you keep a secret? Well, it takes more than tight lips to get a job in the intelligence community. Now, a Central Virginia community college is helping area folks get the training needed for jobs with government agencies and contractors. The 10-week "analyst boot camp" at Piedmont Virginia Community College also helps students get their coveted security clearances. But the course isn't cheap. A local paper (Daily Progress) reports tuition is $15,000.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- It's a cool job during a very hot summer. The Ice House in Parkersburg, West Virginia, produces 90 tons of ice a day. The ice is stored in a room that's kept at 25 degrees. Baggers David Scruggs and Uriah Church can still work up a sweat -- so they've been wearing shorts and short-sleeve shorts. Plant manager Tom Smith tells a local paper (Parkersburg News and Sentinel) they're making ice 24 hours a day. He says they even produce clear blocks for use in ice sculptures.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- For Sue McGrew, life's a beach and a career, too. She's a professional sand sculptor. The Tacoma, Washington, woman says she fell into her job through a "pure lucky accident." After graduating from college, McGrew didn't have much luck finding work. But she learned that sand sculpting competitions pay artists to participate. Now, she spends much of the year traveling the world to sand sculpt. She tells the News-Tribune it also pays "pays surprisingly well."
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Lots of parents know if they have a tech question -- ask a kid. Now, kids are even welcome at the DefCon hackers' convention. For the first time, DefCon included sessions for budding hackers. During the two day meeting in Las Vegas, the junior hackers got to meet everyone from lockpickers to government computer security experts. Xavier Ayers came with his dad. The 14-year-old Xavier says DefCon made him feel like he's part of a community.
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