Morning News and Stuff

Oct 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

The internet is buzzing with kind words for Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died yesterday after a lengthy battle with cancer. Jobs is best-known for his involvement in the transition of Xerox's graphical user interface into the first Macintosh computer and his forward-thinking leadership of the company. Jobs in 1986 purchased Lucasfilm's computer graphics division, which later became Pixar and helped Disney lead the animated film industry much in the same way Apple has defined how humans interact with technology. Jobs since 2004 had left Apple during brief periods of time for treatment of pancreatic cancer. He was 56.—-

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth also died yesterday, at age 89. Shuttlesworth was a Civil Rights leader who led the fight against segregation in Birmingham, Ala., where resistance to equal rights was as violent as anywhere in the South. From this piece by NPR:

Fred Shuttlesworth had the vision, the determination never to give up, never to give in," Georgia Rep. John Lewis said. "He led an unbelievable children's crusade. It was the children who faced dogs, fire hoses, police billy clubs that moved and shook the nation."

A decade before that infamous standoff between authorities and young protesters in Kelly Ingram Park, Shuttlesworth was already pushing for change in what had come to be called "Bombingham." Dozens of black homes and churches were bombed, the cases rarely investigated by the city's all-white police force. In 1955, the charismatic young pastor of Bethel Baptist Church led a delegation of ministers who petitioned for black police officers.

Historian Horace Huntley of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute said Shuttlesworth personally challenged just about every segregated institution in the city — from schools and parks to buses, even the waiting room at the train station.

"They had a white section and a colored section. Fred and his wife bought tickets, and they sat in the white section," Huntley said. "That was revolutionary for Birmingham of the 1950s.

Mayor Mallory has canceled more City Council meetings so its members can't use the meetings to grandstand on campaign issues (or in Leslie Ghiz's case, play “Angry Birds” on her cell phone while constituents are speaking).

Local pastry chef Megan Ketover got the boot from Top Chef: Just Desserts last night, just for putting too much glaze on a donut. Don't worry Megan, nobody back at home is gonna be mad at ya for that!

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is involved in some type of policy punishment of China for manipulating its currency. Sounds complicated.

An Ohio judge has upheld the firing of a teacher for preaching religious stuff in school and keeping a Bible in his desk. “Peace be with you.” “And also with you, Mr. Freshwater!”

Sarah Palin is not going to run for president next year. That sucks — would have been funny.

President Obama was expected to explain his new “millionaire's surtax” at an 11 a.m. press conference today. The 5.6 percent hike on earnings over $1 million is expected to pay for his entire $447 billion jobs bill over the next 10 years. Prepare for the Republican rebellion, Occupiers!

Here's an interesting essay on the Wall Street occupiers using the street as their stage, written by a British historian and lecturer, who compares the protest to the public displays of authority by religious and military elite in England and America during the 18th century.

Producers of The Simpsons have agreed to pay cuts in order to keep the show airing past its current 23rd season. The cast is still thinking about it, though.

Three of Major League Baseball's playoff series are tied at two games each and heading toward a deciding game 5. The New York Yankees will host the Detroit Tigers tonight, with the winner facing the Texas Rangers for the American League championship. Then on Friday the Milwaukee Brewers will host the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Philadelphia Phillies will play the St. Louis Cardinals, each game deciding which teams will play each other for the National League championship. Sports!