Thursday, December 31, 2009



"In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind. " – Louis Pasteur


This month, Rotarians, Interactors, Rotaractors, and RYLA participants are celebrating Rotary's commitment to family in honor of Family Month. Continue building the connection between your family and the family of Rotary. Consider bringing along members of your family when you participate in the activities of Rotary's youth and young adult programs, or organize a service project aimed at strengthening families in your community. Other activities to consider include:
  • Sponsoring a child-development seminar for new parents
  • Organizing a father-daughter or mother-son dinner
  • Promoting a family literacy project that emphasizes parents reading to their children
  • Volunteering at a homeless shelter for families
  • Assisting nursing home residents with craft projects they can give to family members
  • Cleaning up a park or recreational area where families can spend time together
  • Providing materials and support to a day care facility or orphanage

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1999:Russian President Boris Yeltsin shocks the world by resigning. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin takes his place.
1985: One-time teen heartthrob Ricky Nelson is killed when his plane crashes en route to a show in Dallas. Six members of his entourage also die.
1993: Barbara Streisand returns to the stage to sing in the New Year at Vegas’ MGM Grand Hotel.
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Hey, if you're in New York City and bored on New Year's Eve, well, maybe you feel like working? Duracell's set up its Smart Power Lab in the heart of Manhattan, along with several Power Rovers, which are stationery bikes that generate renewable energy when pedaled. You see where this is going, right? That energy is being stored up and harnessed by Duracell to power the ball we watch drop every year, which boasts about 9,500 LEDs. Fun times, if you're not averse to the freezing cold, the screaming crowds, the garbage, and the awful music.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Fox, 8 p.m. ET
Two enjoyable repeats are presented tonight, both of which throws the New Beginnings club into high competitive gear. In the first episode, it’s a mashup showdown. In the second, it’s an internal battle. In both, the music is a treat.


Kimberly, a 6-year-old in the custody of her grandparents, is facing eviction by local law enforcement because her grandparents live in a retirement community. The child has lived in the house her whole life, as her mother is unable to care for her due to unspecified drug problems. Now authorities plan to remove the girl from the only home she’s ever known and place her in foster care with strangers due to a homeowners association policy.
Kimberly’s grandparents, Jimmy and Judie Stottler, have been unable to sell their home and move elsewhere due to the housing market crash. The Stottlers have even lowered the price from $225,000 to $129,000, willing to get completely hosed on the move just to keep their family intact, but no one is buying. The battle has been going on for several years, the better portion of Kimberly’s life, but the Stottlers are of limited resources to fight the situation.
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1853:Minister to Mexico James Gadsen agrees to the U.S. purchase of 29,000 square miles for $10 million. The area becomes much of southern New Mexico and Arizona.

1988: Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush are subpoenaed to testify in the Iran-Contra trial. A federal judge later quashes the orders.

1993: The Vatican and Israel agree to recognize each other.

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Because January is Rotary Awareness Month, it's a great time to reflect on what it means to be a Rotarian. Rotary's strength lies in the more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas, and this an opportunity to make sure your community knows who you are and what you do. Consider these tips during Rotary Awareness Month:
hare your club's Web site or blog through an electronic news release highlighting Rotary Awareness Month.                           *Invite a journalist, media professional, friend, or co-worker to an upcoming club meeting.                                                      *Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about your club's community and international humanitarian efforts.                   *Coordinate a community service project with another local organization.Purchase or download the RI publications This Is Rotary, What's Rotary?, or Rotary Basics, and distribute them at key locations throughout your community.

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If the idea of stripping and repainting an old table or bench bores you to tears, dress up the eyesore and entertain your inner child at the same time by covering over the entire surface with LEGOs.
Take a cue from a Scandinavian design team who covered an entire kitchen island from IKEA in 20,000 LEGOs. It took a week—and, no doubt, a lot of patience—but the results are trippy and so very cool.
Schlepping to the store to clean the shelves of every last box of LEGOs would be an expensive undertaking, but if you scour local garage sales and thrift stores, you can probably find bags of them on the cheap. Then all you need is some strong glue and an old table, chair, or other piece of hardwood furniture that needs some TLC.
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Last summer, we wrote about the launch of a new service from Google called "City Tours" that marked the search giant’s first foray into the travel space. The service isn’t exactly flashy, but it’s quite practical: tell it what city you’re visiting, and it can generate an optimized travel itinerary featuring a number of landmarks within walking distance. Unfortunately it had a few shortcomings. For one, its directions were all based on distances “as the bird flies”. In other words, it was up to you to figure out the best way to navigate between these landmarks, because Travel Tours would sometimes direct you to walk directly across a river.
Google has released an updated version of Travel Tours that takes advantage of the Walking Directions built into Google Maps, which means you’ll be able to rely on them even if you’re not capable of scaling a building in a single bound. You can see the difference in the images below.
Google’s blog post on the release also notes that you can now import Google ‘My Maps’ into City Tours. My Maps, which launched back in 2007, allow you to manually tag your own points of interest on a Google Map. This means you’ll now be able to build out a map of all the landmarks you’d like to see on your trip, then import those into City Tours to get an optimized itinerary.
The service remains in Google Labs.
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009


New years resolution for the bankrupt gardener was to forget the past and rely on the fuchsia.



1978:Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes punches Clemson player Charlie Bauman after he makes an interception. Hayes, who has two national championships, never coaches again.

1851: Ex-sea captain Thomas Sullivan founds the first U.S. Young Men’s Christian Association in Boston.

1989: Vaclav Havel is elected Czechoslovakia’s first non-Communist president in four decades.

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CBS, 9 p.m. ET
So far as I’m concerned, this two-hour annual CBS special is required viewing – and this year’s edition is one of the best in years. Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck, Mel Brooks, Robert De Niro and opera singer Grace Bumbry are the honorees .
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A thief with a sweet tooth made off with more than $40,000 worth of stolen cheesecake and a refrigerated truck on Dec. 26, police said.

Orlando police said the truck's owner had parked the semi-tractor trailer at 8440 Tradeport Drive at about 3 p.m. The victim said he turned off the ignition, left the refrigerated trailer running and walked away from the vehicle.

When he returned, the semi and trailer were missing. The owner told police he had all the keys belonging to the truck in his possession.

The truck is valued at $50,000 and the refrigerated trailer is valued at $120,000, police records show.

Police did not have leads on the whereabouts of the sugary goods.


On Campus, Unprepared
Colleges are filled with unserious students learning too little. What should be done?

When President Barack Obama announced earlier this year that the U.S. should aim to have the world's highest proportion of college graduates by 2020, he was staking out an ambitious but hardly a maverick goal. It is widely recognized, by Republicans and Democrats alike, that the gap between the earnings of high-school graduates and college graduates has become a chasm in recent decades. More college graduates would mean more prosperity for individuals—and for the nation, too. Bowing to this logic, governments around the world—from China and India to the Middle East—are trying to boost college attendance for their knowledge-hungry populations.

As Mr. Obama's goal suggests, there is plenty of room for improvement in the U.S. While nearly seven in 10 high-school graduates go on directly to two- or four-year colleges (up from 49% in 1972), many students are poorly prepared for college and end up taking remedial courses. And huge numbers fail to graduate. Reformers believe, not without reason, that such problems can be solved in part by improved high-school preparation and better college instruction. But is it possible that aiming to increase the number of American college graduates is actually a fool's errand?
A few skeptics think so. Most prominent among them is Charles Murray, who in "Real Education" (2008) argued that most young people are just not smart enough to go to college and should be encouraged to take other paths instead, especially vocational training. Now comes Jackson Toby with "The Lowering of Higher Education in America," a provocative variation on Mr. Murray's theme.
Mr. Toby draws on social-science data as well as personal experience—he taught sociology at Rutgers University for 50 years before retiring a few years ago—to decry the intellectual conditions that prevail on the American campus. Sidestepping the matter of students' innate abilities, he blames low academic standards mostly on the easy availability of financial aid to undergraduates who are unqualified for college-level coursework.
Early on, Mr. Toby concedes that education has become the country's "main economic escalator." But he is alarmed at how few students are prepared to meet even the minimal demands of a real college education. He faults lax college-admission standards that give high schools little incentive to push their students harder. Too many undergrads can't write with minimal competence or understand basic cultural references. Students often take silly, politicized courses. And they feel entitled to inflated grades: Mr. Toby reports that one of his students spewed obscenities at him for ending the young man's straight-A record.
Perhaps this kind of experience accounts for Mr. Toby's seeming bitterness toward unserious students, whom he calls "unprepared, half-asleep catatonics who drift in late and leave early." Most undergrads, Mr. Toby suggests, enjoy a steady diet of extracurricular hedonism while skating through their coursework (though it's unclear how this claim jibes with his complaints about low graduation rates).
Worst of all, he says, students have been misled about the value of their degrees. Yes, a bachelor of arts degree commands a wage premium, but less because of a graduate's acquired knowledge than because of the signal that his degree sends to employers about the abilities that got him into college and about a variety of soft skills, such as reliability and problem-solving capacity. Graduates in undemanding majors—in the humanities, for example, or most of the social sciences—are unlikely to earn what their more studious counterparts in, say, engineering can. They are thus disproportionately likely to be saddled with debt and prone to default, Mr. Toby argues. He claims that this pattern amounts to the kind of unsound lending that led to our recent credit crisis—one that he darkly suggests may soon be repeated in higher education. He believes that today's "promiscuous" system of college grants and loans—which, at the federal level, is based largely on financial need—ought to be retooled to focus on academic merit.
But his platform is less radical than his book's subtitle promises ("Why Financial Aid Should Be Based on Student Performance"). He acknowledges that quite a few states already have merit-based aid. And in a concession to political reality he would continue the federal Pell Grant program, which focuses on need alone. Mr. Toby's main proposal, then, is to require good grades and test scores from those seeking federal student loans. This requirement, he believes, would improve incentives for academic performance and mitigate the inevitable trade-off between widening access to college and maintaining educational standards.
Strangely, Mr. Toby does not address the biggest objection to merit aid, which is that it usually subsidizes middle- and upper-income students who would go to college anyway. By contrast, need-based aid often provides make-or-break help to low-income applicants: Without grants and student loans, they would probably not go to college at all.
Mr. Toby sees reduced college opportunities as the price of keeping under-prepared students off campus. But that is one trade-off we should not make, especially when a college degree carries so much value in the marketplace. Our vast and varied college system, to its credit, enrolls all sorts of students. Mr. Toby delineates the system's manifold shortcomings, which badly need to be remedied. And to be sure, academic merit deserves a place in our financial aid system. But the indisputable benefits of college ought to be spread more widely, not less.
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"Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them." – Agatha Christie


When Ross Bagdasarian changed his name to David Seville, sped up his recorded voice, and released the single, “The Chipmunk Song,” he didn’t realize he was starting a pop culture industry. The success of that song lead to The Alvin Show in 1961, which followed the animated adventures of chipmunks, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, and their friend and mentor, David Seville.
In 1972, Bagdasarian passed away, but in 1979, NBC aired The Alvin Show again during Saturday mornings. A year later, Ross Bagdasarian Jr. released Chipmunk Punk, a successful comeback album. The Chipmunks were once again in the spotlight, and NBC created a new animated show, Alvin and the Chipmunks, in 1983.
The new show continued the adventures of the three chipmunks – Alvin, the schemer, Simon, the sensible one, and Theodore, the silly one. They were now a rock band in their floor-length sweaters, and David Seville was their manager. They covered Top 40 hits in their high-pitched voices – just like on Chipmunk Punk. They were often joined by guest stars such as Dolly Parton and Mr. T (who shortly after launched his own self-titled animated series.)
The Chipmunks were also joined by another band, the Chippettes – Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor, lovely ladies to be matched up to Alvin, Simon and Theodore, respectively. They often found themselves competing against each other in talent contests.
These new zany adventures proved to be a success – the show ran for an impressive eight seasons on NBC’s Saturday morning schedule. The show changed title twice, becoming The Chipmunks in 1988, and Chipmunks Go To the Movies in 1990. This latter show focused on parodying pop culture, with spoofs such as "Batmunk."
For something that started as a silly little novelty song, The Chipmunks have been entertaining audiences for over thirty years.
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If Lost lost you somewhere along the way, here's how you and the show can find each other again.
Before ABC starts the sixth (and final) season on Feb. 2, catch up to everything that's happened with the castaways, the island, the Dharma Initiative, the Oceanic Six, and more of the series' sometimes inpenetrable mythology.
A couple of new ways to do that: free iTunes downloads and weekly DirecTV recap specials.
Over at iTunes, you can now score free downloads of 2004's two-part series pilot -- basically a movie in itself, which wowed both viewers and critics -- as well as the yearly recap specials broadcast by ABC to bring us up to date just before each new season started. That's five free hours to help figure out what the bleep is going on with the action.
If you're a DirecTV subscriber, you can watch those five recap hours on The 101. The first aired last Saturday at 9 p.m. ET, the same slot in which succeeding seasons' will unreel weekly.
And then there's ABC's sixth-season teaser at the network's Lost page, which also offers streams of the 10 most recent episodes (aired last spring) and earlier seasons, too.
Finally, of course, you can buy all five seasons so far on DVD and Blu-ray.
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Monday, December 28, 2009



1981:Elizabeth Jordan Carr becomes the first American test-tube baby when she is born in Norfolk, Va.

1945: Congress recognizes the “Pledge of Allegiance.” The words “under God” are officially added in 1954.

1958: In what has been called football’s greatest game, the Baltimore Colts win the NFL championship in overtime against the New York Giants.

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 Use Billshrink's comparison tool if you want to check out the contract plans of major cellular carriers. But if you want to
pay the lowest possible price for your cellphone service, be sure to check companies that offer mainly prepaid plans, including Boost, TracFone, and Virgin.


This year, the mainstream news media embraced social media, and Rotary clubs and districts demonstrated that they're comfortable using it, that it can provide great marketing, and that it can serve as an effective communication tool for reaching out to potential new members. With 2010 around the corner, social media predictions abound. Read about how social media will change in the next year.
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Electronics are popular Christmas gifts. After all, who wouldn't want a new computer or television?

But there's a problem with getting new gear. You need to dispose of the old stuff.
You can't just put electronics in the trash. They contain compounds that are bad for the environment. Besides, tossing them may be illegal in some areas.
So, make sure the old gear is handled correctly. Your best bet is to donate it to a charity. Or, you can take it to be recycled.
Used to be, you had to pay to recycle computer gear. Fortunately, things are changing.
If you want to get rid of old gear, head over to Reconnect's site. It's a partnership between Dell and Goodwill.
Goodwill will accept virtually any type of computer gear. Even CRTs with broken glass are welcome! If the equipment can be reused, it will be. If not, it will be recycled responsibly.
The site will help you find a drop-off location. It also covers acceptable items. Check the list before hauling in your stuff.
Of course, you'll get a receipt for tax purposes. So, you may want to look into recycling your equipment before year's end.
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  Proper hand washing could save more than a
     million lives a year worldwide, public-health
experts say. But nearly 40 percent of Americans still
seldom or never wash their hands after coughing or
sneezing, a recent survey found. The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention recommends washing hands
with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, about as
long as it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. The
most important times to wash are:
   • Before preparing or eating food.
   • After going to the bathroom, changing a dia-
per, blowing your nose, coughing, handling garbage,
sneezing, or taking care of an animal.
   • Before and after tending to a cut or wound, or
having close contact with someone who is ill.
    Hand sanitizers can help in a pinch, but make sure
they contain at least 60 percent alcohol. They can kill
the germs they come in contact with but don't cut
through layers of dirt that can hide germs. So use soap
and water whenever you can. Antibacterial soaps are
unnecessary and potentially harmful. They don't kill
viruses, and the main ingredient, triclosan, may help
breed drug-resistant bacteria.

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Supermarket execs have made a science of temptation. They dazzle us with fresh fruit, ply us with samples at the deli counter, and seduce us with buttery scents from the bakery. I should know—I've been analyzing grocery-store marketing techniques, and consumer responses to them, for more than 30 years. My advice: When store strategy is to entice you to buy on impulse—to go with your gut—saving money means using your head. Here are my top ten tips for paying less without sacrificing quality or forsaking the foods you want.
Tip 1: Make shopping a job
Food may be fun, the glue that connects us with family and friends, but you need to look at grocery shopping as a job—one best completed on time and under budget.
Tip 2: Take stock
In surveys I've conducted, most people report they already had in the pantry, freezer, or fridge at least 15 percent of the foods they bring home from the store. So don't just "go shopping." Check your shelves before you shop, plan your needs for a set number of meals, and stick to the list: the less you wander the aisles, the more money you're likely to save. If you allow for chance discoveries, make them part of your meal plan on the spot.
Tip 3: Bring a calculator
Failing to tote up what you're spending as you go is like driving a car without an odometer. So keep a running tally—especially at warehouse stores, where those "bargains" by the case can empty your wallet fast.
Tip 4: Start at the center
Working from your list, begin not on the margins of the supermarket, amid mouthwatering sights and smells, but in the middle, with its boring aisles of boxes, cans, and jars, where you'll find more discounts.
Tip 5: Compare aisles
Each department in the store operates independently—and has a different profit margin—so you can find the same or similar products in different locations at wildly different prices:
Recently I found Swiss cheese on the cheese table for $8.99 a pound and in the dairy case for $5.99 a pound—a 33 percent discount.
Save up to 40 percent by walking past the seafood department to the freezer cases. Because lots of seafood is filleted and flash-frozen right after being caught, its freshness is preserved. The best way to thaw it is overnight in the fridge, soaking in milk, which makes it taste milder.
Ground beef
Buying fresh can cost you around $2.49 a pound for 80 percent lean. Buy frozen ground beef in a three-pound vacuum-packed "chub" (it's shaped like a salami) and you'll save at least 25 percent.
Refrigerated pastas can cost $3.99 for nine ounces. Go for dried Italian pasta. Any brands using durum-wheat semolina are probably good—even ones you've never heard of—and should cost about $1.29 a pound.
Tip 6: Go back to white eggs
Although brown eggs are otherwise identical, they can cost 50 cents more per dozen than white.
Tip 7: Select Select beef
The USDA has three quality categories for cuts of beef: Prime (the highest grade and most expensive), Choice (the middle grade), and Select (the least expensive, and the least fatty). To save, buy Select beef and tenderize it with a marinade.
Tip 8: Try store brands
These are always going to save you 20 to 30 percent. If you're afraid the ingredients aren't up to snuff, know that every private-label brand I've encountered—including Ann Page at A&P, and the ShopRite, Albertson's, and Safeway brands—is backed by a money-back guarantee. See the store manager if you aren't satisfied.
Tip 9: Customize your cereal
To avoid paying $4 or more for a box of brand-name cereal, buy a basic high-fiber store brand for 20 percent less and add your own selection of sweeteners, fruits, and nuts. Also, note that generic cereals packed in plastic bags typically cost around a dollar less than boxed varieties.
Tip 10: Skip fake convenience
Do you really need to purchase your oatmeal in single-serving packets that cost as much as $3.99 a dozen? Buy oatmeal (either regular or quick-cooking) in those familiar cardboard cylinders instead and you'll trim up to 75 percent from the cost of breakfast.
Prewashed mixed greens, on the other hand, may be a worthwhile alternative to keeping three or four different heads of lettuce in the crisper. Factoring in how fast those heads can spoil, that "fancy" bag of assorted leaves could be an unexpected bargain.
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Sunday, December 27, 2009


A DOZY robber was nicked while scoffing a chicken dinner at a restaurant he held up at gunpoint 20 minutes earlier.

The 38-year-old is accused of stealing several hundred pounds after waving an airgun at terrified staff.
But he then sniffed the tasty aromas at the Southern Fried Chicken branch and demanded: "Give me one of those Hunga Busta Meals too."
He sat down to eat the meal and was still tucking in when armed cops alerted by staff burst into the diner in Colchester, Essex.
An Essex police source said: "We've come across some stupid criminals in our time but this beats all. Normal practice is to grab the cash and run. But this man was obviously controlled by his belly rather than his brain.
"After running in with a hoodie and scarf hiding his face, he took them both off to stuff his face with chicken.
"The staff he'd just waved a gun at were gobsmacked.
"He sat there eating for 20 minutes so they had tons of time to dial 999.
"Staff thought it was a bizarre TV stunt. It just goes to show, you shouldn't carry out a heist on an empty stomach."
The man, a double glazing salesman who cannot be named, is charged with possessing a weapon in a public place, theft and using threatening behaviour in a public place.
He has been bailed to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on January 4. A CPS spokeswoman yesterday confirmed a man had been charged over the hold-up.
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Sundance, 10 p.m. ET
Nicolas Cage finally gets to star opposite an actor as quirky as he is – because he plays dual roles, of a struggling screenwriter and his own twin. Charlie Kaufman, who co-wrote the screenplay with his twin brother Donald, inserts them both into a purported adaptation of Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief. The result? A 2002 movie that’s jaw-droppingly original, and original. Meryl Streep co-stars.
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1947:“Say, kids, what time is it?” “Buffalo Bob” Smith debuts on the NBC children’s program Howdy Doody. The answer, of course, was “It’s Howdy Doody time.”

1900: Prohibitionist Carry Nation begins her crusade against alcohol by smashing the Carey Hotel’s bar in Wichita, Kan.

1932: John D. Rockefeller Jr. opens his Radio City Music Hall to the public.

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British news outlet the Guardian recently recognized Rotary's commitment to ending polio by covering a National Immunization Day in India. The story highlights the efforts of British and Indian Rotarians and includes a photo gallery by photojournalist Jean-Marc Giboux. Read the full article.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Encore, 9:35 p.m. ET
Sean Penn. Phoebe Cates. Jennifer Jason Leigh. Ray Walston. Judge Reinhold. Forest Whitaker. All that talent, in a clever script written by young (very young) Cameron Crowe. This 1982 movie is still fun, and Sean Penn, in a breakout role, has never been funnier. He’s seldom tried, but he’s never been funnier.
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"Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you." – Spanish Proverb


This thief was trapped like a rat.
A burly Brooklyn gas station manager outmuscled a bumbling robber Tuesday - and then hit the store's panic button, locking the crook inside, police said.
Nick Ali was inside a glass-enclosed cashier's counter at a Gulf station on Utica Ave. in Crown Heights about 2 p.m. when he saw Martin Syldorthy, 48, stuffing cell phone chargers into a Burberry bag.
"I came out of the booth. Usually that's a bad idea," said Ali, 38, of Brooklyn.
But Ali's bad idea was bad news for Syldorthy, who got a tongue-lashing - and then a beating - from the courageous clerk.
"I'm busting my a-- here 18 hours a day so you can rob me?" Ali recalled barking at the bandit.
Ali said he pounced on Syldorthy as he reached into his pocket, fearing he was packing heat.
A wild struggle ensued. Syldorthy tried to get at the cash register, but the 6-foot-3 Ali gave him a run for his money.
"He tried to get into the booth," Ali said. "I pushed him back."
Ali eventually got the upper hand and beat Syldorthy to the cashier's-booth entrance. Ali said he shoved Syldorthy back and quickly entered the booth and slammed the door shut.
He then hit the panic button - which locked all entrances to the convenience store - and called 911.
"I hit a button and locked him in," Ali said. "That's why it's called a trapdoor!"
Syldorthy frantically tried to break free.
"He started kicking the [front] door," Ali recalled. "He shattered it, but it held - thank God."
Cops soon arrived and collared Syldorthy. He was charged with robbery and criminal mischief, a police source said.
Ali, a father of 2-year-old twin boys, said he's no hero - just a dedicated worker.
"I wish I had gotten famous some other way," he joked.
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1908:Texan Jack Johnson is the first African American to become a heavyweight champion when he defeats Canadian Tommy Burns.

1941: Winston Churchill is the first British prime minister to address a joint session of Congress.

1996: Still unsolved. Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey is found strangled in her family’s Colorado home.

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Apple Inc - Photo from my iBook
The Apple tablet is threatening to approach Yeti status, but here’s an indication that it will turn out to be real: The company has told some of its key developers to prepare versions of their iPhone apps that will work on a device with a larger screen, in time for an event next month.
Add that to the news that Apple has reportedly booked the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco “for several days in late January”, according to the Financial Times, and it’s pretty easy to connect the dots: It’s a very good bet we’re getting a look at this thing within the next 30 days or so.
A mobile industry source tells me developers have been told that the mystery device will only be shown off at the event, but won’t be ready to ship
Pre-announcing a product before launch used to be unusual for Apple (AAPL), but that’s a pattern the company has followed with some of its product launches more recently — most notably with the first iPhone launch. And if Apple is indeed coming out with a new product that will require developers to rethink their approach, it makes a lot of sense.
I’ve asked Apple for comment but am not holding my breath.
My source says Apple’s instructions to developers indicates that the tablet — or at least the thing it’s showing off next month — will be based on the iPhone OS, and will rely on the same iTunes store that has moved two billion apps in a couple of years.
If so it will mean that some people who have been guessing at what Apple is planning may need to go back to the drawing board.
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