Most users distrust Facebook, poll shows
The Dallas Morning News Staff, Dallas Morning News: World
Tue, 05/15/2012 - 9:01pm
Most users distrust Facebook, poll shows
After two bailouts totaling 240 billion euros ($266 billion) and six years of depression, spending cuts and lost jobs, Greece teeters on the edge of collapse. On Sunday the country will hold a referendum on whether or not to accept the tough creditor conditions attached to loans needed to avoid default and a banking collapse. Greece engaged in a three-decades-long credit binge starting in the early 1980s, spending the money on plush government jobs for supporters of the country's two major political parties — the center-left PASOK and center-right New Democracy. Taking turns in office, they paid their followers well — driving up private sector wages and making Greece a costly place to do business. Independent professionals — including doctors and lawyers — often reported less income than factory workers. Despite its rickety finances, Greece shaped up a little for a few years and qualified to join the single currency in 2001. German and French banks found they could now buy Greek government bonds in euros, not drachmas that might devalue. In October 2009, after the global financial crisis had made investors more wary of risk, Greece revealed its deficit was far higher than advertised, and its finances were out of control. The creditors attached tough conditions to cut spending and deficits, and to tackle the rampant bureaucracy and corruption.  the reshuffle of Greece's debt meant that instead of owing bond investors, Greece's creditors were now European taxpayers, the IMF and the ECB. Voters, who were fed up with years of agony, chose Syriza, a hard-left party that won support with its demands for debt reduction and no more austerity.
After three years of futility, Republicans finally used their majorities in Pennsylvania's state House and Senate to pass their top agenda items: ending the traditional pension benefit in the state's public employee retirement systems and privatizing its government-controlled wine and liquor store system.  Corbett, a Republican, was defeated by Wolf in November, after two-plus years of Republican leaders feuding over the pension and liquor bills and, ultimately, being unable to deliver anything to Corbett. For their part, House and Senate Republican leaders explain the success by pointing to the GOP's larger majorities won in last November's election. An architect of the final liquor bill, Sen.
Police were called to the 52-year-old woman's home Friday night. The Johnson City Press reports (http://bit.ly/1CaAsX3 ) Taylor was charged with aggravated assault.
Rohan Dennis won the first stage of the Tour de France in record speed in the individual time trial on Saturday, while defending Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali gained some precious time on his main rivals. Nibali, who tried to counter the searing heat by warming up with ice cubes strapped to his back, finished 43 seconds behind Dennis in 22nd place.  in regard to his main rivals, he was seven seconds ahead of 2013 Tour champ Chris Froome (39th), 15 seconds up on two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador (46th), and 18 seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana (57th). After his ride, Dennis climbed off his bike and watched with a nervous smile from the finish line as his rivals tried and failed to beat him. Cancellara used his slick handling skills to attack the corners, but the heat also took its toll on the Swiss rider, who crossed the finish line gasping for air. Pre-race tests on the Astana rider showed a low cortisol level, which can indicate cortisone doping but is not conclusive proof of doping. Cycling along the Dutch coastline promises to be tricky for riders, with heavy gusts and sprays.
For NBA rookies, summer league merely first step Summer league play started Saturday, and for Winslow and Turner — both still teenagers, neither turning 20 until next March — it might have been considered by some onlookers as a significant first step in their transitions to NBA life.  the rookies who knew plenty of eyes were on them were both trying to make it seem like business as usual. Winslow played four positions for Miami, doing everything from handle the ball to play power forward on the way to a 15-point, three-assist, two-steal performance. Turner started at center for the Pacers, shooting 8-for-11 and finishing with game highs of 20 points and eight rebounds. Play in the Utah league starts Monday, and the Las Vegas league — the biggest one of the three, by far — starts next weekend with San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon becoming the first woman to be head coach of an NBA summer league team.  whatever expectations await the rookies, at least there's no circus atmosphere to add to the level of pressure. Winslow said he's valuing summer league to learn the nuances of NBA rules and get used to the longer 3-point line before he'll start playing with the bulk of the Heat veterans in the coming weeks to get ready for the season.
HAVANA (Reuters) - Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, 88, visited 19 cheese masters for four hours on Friday in a rare trip outside his Havana home, official media reported on Saturday.