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The very best and very worst of the news week ending Feb 15.

By Rich_Maloof Feb 15, 2013 5:44PM

Every week, the Daily Dose reviews the news to select three very best and three very worst stories to come across our desk.

     —The Very Best —

• After five hungry, sickening and sometimes frightening days at sea, a disabled cruise ship carrying 4,200 people docked in Mobile, Alabama. The Carnival Triumph went adrift between Cozumel, Mexico, and Galveston, Texas, after an engine-room fire knocked out power and plumbing. Passengers sang “Sweet Home Alabama” as the ship concluded a torturously slow day-long docking.

Photo: Jeff Gammons/Getty Images


Grave-squatting Serbian survives on foraged candles, garbage scraps and cigarette butts.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Feb 14, 2013 8:12PM

The next time you find yourself complaining about the high cost of living consider this: You could always live in a cemetery. For free. That’s what a 43-year-old homeless man from Serbia has been doing for the past 15 years, reports the International Business Times.

Photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters


NASA may have identified the nearest black hole in our galaxy.

By Rich_Maloof Feb 14, 2013 3:42PM

Man has been wonderstruck by the sky since he first thought to look up. Glimpsing celestial bodies, even with the naked eye, can be awe-inspiring whether you have a child’s curiosity or the wisdom of the ages. But it takes a scientist to look up there and get excited about what can’t be seen.

It was not the something but the nothing observed that told a young astrophysicist she might be looking at a black hole.

Photo: Marco Lorenz/Getty Images


The government wants to know.

By Rich_Maloof Feb 13, 2013 5:39PM

Now that it’s tax season, the government has a lot of questions for you: How much money do you make, and how do you spend it? How many dependents do you have? Have you purchased a car or a refrigerator with a good energy rating?

Soon the feds may be asking a more surprising question: Are you happy?

Photo: Andy Ryan/Getty Images


The evolution of decent thought.

By Rich_Maloof Feb 12, 2013 9:37PM

Evolution is on our minds since today marks the birthday of Charles Darwin, born on Feb. 12 in 1809. Or, if you don’t believe at all in verifiable scientific knowledge, maybe his parents just wished for an evolutionary theorist and then one day — ding! — there he was.

Photo: Charles Darwin, 1881//Julia Margaret Cameron/Getty ImagesA good debate broadens the middle ground between opposing views, but the nature of argument these days seems to relegate everyone to one side or the other of a hard line.


Headed to N'awlins? You can keep your top on.

By Rich_Maloof Feb 11, 2013 9:15PM

If you’re wondering what the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans was doing onstage last night at the Grammys in Los Angeles, you missed out on the music industry’s nod to Mardi Gras. Here are five myths about Mardi Gras, the grand carnival culminating on Feb 12 this year.

Photo: Mardi Gras myths / Piecework Productions/Getty ImagesMardis Gras isn’t just a day — it’s a season. Mardi Gras is the carvinal season preceding Lent, the 40-day period of fasting and abstinence leading up to the Christian celebration of Easter. The official start of Mardi Gras comes every year on the Epiphany holiday of January 6th and runs until the midnight before Ash Wednesday. “Fat Tuesday” marks the final day of feasting and merriment.


The very best and very worst of the news week ending Feb 8.

By Rich_Maloof Feb 8, 2013 5:18PM

Every week, the Daily Dose reviews the news to select three very best and three very worst stories to come across our desk.

Yayy, we’re not going to perish in a devastating explosion. NASA has shared the knowledge that on February 15th an asteroid about 150 feet in diameter and traveling at 17,450 miles per hour will come frightfully close to our planet — passing nearer than the satellites controlling your car’s GPS — but has no chance of impacting Earth. NASA calls it an “Earth Flyby Reality Check” and says no asteroid so large has ever been known to come so close.

The young boy identified only as Ethan celebrated his 6th birthday at home on Wednesday after being held hostage in an Alabama bunker for six days. In a remarkable rescue, the details of which are not being shared with the public, the FBI was able to sneak a camera into the bunker and, after determining that kidnapper Jimmy Lee Dykes was becoming increasingly unstable, kill Dykes and carry the boy to safety.

Photo: MSN News


U.S. Census says the top five jobs for women are the same today as they were in 1950s; secretary tops the list.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Feb 7, 2013 11:08PM

We’re sorry, ladies. When it comes to top jobs for women, we haven’t made much progress since the ‘50s.

Jobs as secretaries, bank tellers or clerical workers, sales clerks, private household workers and teachers reigned supreme in the ‘50s – and they still do, reports The Week.

Photo: Admin is still top job for women / Jamie Grill/Getty ImagesAt that time, roughly 1.7 million women held positions as stenographers, typists or secretaries, cites the U.S. Census Bureau. It was a easy for women to have a full-time career and succeed without the commitment of a college degree. Simply attend a secretarial school, get the necessary training and women could start on a professional path.

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