Open Phones: What's in the News?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The lines are open for your calls on headlines and news stories that caught your eye. Listeners, call in to 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692 or leave a comment here to nominate a piece of news at 10:25 this morning. Later in the show, we'll follow up on one of these listener-nominated stories -- so be sure to listen at 11:40!

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League-sanctioned fighting in hockey: School shootings...


Feb. 28 2012 08:14 PM
Mel from NYC

Can you share those statistics on school shootings again and indicate the source?

Feb. 28 2012 11:54 AM
Leila Zogby from Long Island

Re: Mozart effect de-bunking. While it may be true that listening to classical music has no effect on intelligence, there is ample evidence that playing a musical instrument does. A while back I read a research paper on this topic, which has been studied by neuroscientists.

Seems the processes involved in translating what the eyes see into the physical response needed to make the sounds is very high-level brain power stuff that actually makes certain parts of the brain "brawny." The article I read said that in autopsies, there is a visually distinguishable difference in the size of certain brain parts - practicing musicians have bigger brains than even rocket scientists!

Might make for an interesting show topic some time.

Feb. 28 2012 11:05 AM
Lloyd from Manhattan

Bullying is at the heart of the school shootings. A Hollywood powerhouse, The Weinstein Compay, has produced a documentary, "Bully" to shed light on the subject. But the Motion Picture Association of America has decided to give Bully an “R” rating, meaning no one under the age of 17 can see the movie -- and it can’t be screened in middle and high schools. What is the sense of that? Much more must be done to educate children on the destructive nature of bullying.

Feb. 28 2012 10:58 AM

Guns, like Korporations®, are people too!!

Feb. 28 2012 10:57 AM
Brandi from Caldwell

What I would like our country to address is the high percentage of anti-depressant drugs involved in these youth shootings. Active studies are taking place in Europe but this country doesn't seem to want to touch it. It will be interesting to watch this Ohio shooting incident unfold,if anti-depressants are involved and if so, will be leaked to the media.

Feb. 28 2012 10:56 AM

The person who said "fighting is part of hockey" is wrong. It is not any part of the game.

It has become part of the CULTURE and MARKETING over the last 20 years, because people like the caller enjoy watching violence.

But it's not part of the game.

Feb. 28 2012 10:54 AM
dsimon from Manhattan

I don't know how proponents of fighting in hockey can simply assert that it's a "part of the game" when it isn't a part of the game just about anywhere else the game is played. There's no fighting in college hockey. There's no fighting in the European leagues. There's no fighting in the Olympics.

Reality shows that there's plenty of hockey (and high quality hockey at that) that thrives without fighting. So it's not a necessary part of the game at all. The NHL is the exception, not the rule.

Feb. 28 2012 10:50 AM
C. Carroll from Easton, PA

I'd like to hear a discussion on the predator drone attack on Somalia. I'm disturbed by this act of war on a country that we are not at war with. What would we do if another country attacked us in this way?

Feb. 28 2012 10:49 AM
Mike from Yorktown Heights, NY

Hard to believe I really heard someone condone violence in a hockey game. It can't be part of the sport. As Rodney Dangerfield once quipped, "I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out."

Maybe our tolerance for violence during sporting events, or any place else, contributes to shootings in schools, post offices or grocery stores!

Feb. 28 2012 10:49 AM
lynn from westchester

I think schools need to address bullying in an effective way. I live in an affluent suburb in Westchester. The school does not have the resources to help students with bullying. The playground is a free-for-all and there are times in the classroom when teachers are not able to attend and bullying takes place. When left unchecked, the bullies and the bullied act out in harmful ways, sometimes in very dangerous ways.

Feb. 28 2012 10:49 AM

I ♥

Feb. 28 2012 10:48 AM

GUNS = ♥

Feb. 28 2012 10:47 AM

Guns vs. knives is a false choice. If guns did not exists, people could still find ways to kill in large numbers -- and with easily obtained materials. Physics and chemistry are not subject to political regulation.

Feb. 28 2012 10:47 AM


Feb. 28 2012 10:46 AM
John A.

re: Shooting, 2 callers
So many kids today have been raised to believe in expressing emotions over controlling them. Is this creating a generation of sociopaths?

Feb. 28 2012 10:43 AM
bob from SI

Indian nations are selling cigarettes and NY State has gone after both the Nation and the customers. But the NY state legislature may have shot themselve in the foot. In the NY state tax form there is a line to pay for out of state purchases sales tax. Since it is too complicated to figure out the tax from state to state they give a chart to use based on income. This chart is way cheaper than the actual tax would be accured by buing cigarettes.

Feb. 28 2012 10:43 AM

I've got an idea!!

Let's allow baseball players use baseball bats for their intended purpose and bludgeon opposing players to death!!

How exciting would that be!!

Feb. 28 2012 10:43 AM

I would like to talk a little more on the WSJ article "Why Doctors Die Differently".,
My father died of cancer, which lead to my immediate family to discuss and write up living wills. I realized I was minority when I spoke to my friends and co-workers. Many of my friends and coworkers are young, newly married, recently gave birth, have so much more life to live. How can I or we make more people aware of that this important discussion that everyone should be having?

Feb. 28 2012 10:42 AM

Hockey caller was totally correct I am 27 year season ticket holder although I do not like fighting it is part of the game and what the caller brought about last night was exactly on point if Dubinsky does not stand up then the Devils have the upper ahnd on moomentum in a tight physical game which could change the out come.
I have alo been playing since I was 10 and am now 59

Feb. 28 2012 10:42 AM

How about restoring actual sportsmanship to hockey instead of creating a bloody circus sideshow in order to sell tickets to meat-headed morons.

Feb. 28 2012 10:41 AM
Alex from Battery Park City

Couldn't disagree more with your caller who condones fighting in hockey. I'm a huge fan, have always been one, and will always be one. Hockey was a much more graceful and less violent sport before fighting and I would love nothing more than to see it banned. The role of enforcer should disappear entirely.

Feb. 28 2012 10:41 AM
Ro from SoHo

Lloyd is a thuggish moron! Hockey is a sport - field or ice. How come they don't all punch each other's lights out on the field? Perhaps because those people are in the boxing ring. What an idiotic twerp!

Feb. 28 2012 10:40 AM
Sam Cristy from Staten Island

What other agencies report large miscellaneous items in the New York state budget, like the Port Authority $4 billion miscellaneous? What are the trade offs between passing a vague budget on time or a clear budget late?
What are the checks and balances against abuse of this type of line item?

Feb. 28 2012 10:40 AM
howard buell from Manhattan

In this report on school violence, not just shootings, it is odd that the Service gives the following profile (100% male, 76% white, 12% Af Am, etc. )while noting "there is no set of traits that describe...most of the attakcers"

"Although all of the attackers in this study were boys, there is no set of traits that described all–or even most–of the attackers. Instead, they varied considerably in demographic, background and other characteristics.
• The attackers ranged in age from 11 to 21, with most attackers between the ages of 13 and 18 at the time of the attack (85 percent, n=35).
• Three-quarters of the attackers were white (76 percent, n=31). One-quarter of the attackers came from other racial and ethnic backgrounds, including African American (12 percent, n=5), Hispanic (5 percent, n=2), Native Alaskan (2 percent, n=1), Native American (2 percent, n=1), and Asian (2 percent, n=1)."

There is some disaffectation that we must deal with at some point or another and not let the race tropes get in the way.

Feb. 28 2012 10:39 AM

Fighting in hockey?


This caller is a complete IDIOT!

Fighting has turned hockey into a professional wrestling circus spectacle!!


Feb. 28 2012 10:38 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Fighting is good for Ice Hockey? Ha. Says a lot about how "exciting" the sport is.

Feb. 28 2012 10:38 AM
Eva Vauchee from Brooklyn

I would like to know whether or not Obama is for or against the Sands pipeline from Canada to the texas coast. Is there any clear data on his position?
Thank you.

Feb. 28 2012 10:38 AM

why is it hard for hockey to get publicity??? Because we don't want to see people beating on eachother!!!

Feb. 28 2012 10:37 AM

The other thing on my radar is that some scientists went and tested for Arsenic many samples of organic brown rice syrup, the go-to sweetener for organic foods. Yep, it's in there: FEH.

Feb. 28 2012 10:37 AM
The Truth from Becky

Things that make you go hmmmm...Now that so many white youths are getting caught up in the system for drug abuse, they want to change the legislation to send non-violent addicted offenders to rehab instead of jail. Nice.

Feb. 28 2012 10:36 AM

All students should all carry firearms!!!

Feb. 28 2012 10:35 AM
george from astoria

Santorum stated that he almost threw up when JFK spoke about preserving the seperation of church and state? The ideals of the Founding Fathers and America are freedom, such as freedom of religion. One way we preserve this freedom is with the seperation of church and state.
How do we let Santorum get away with something like this and not call him unAmerican?
The Republican party is so hypocritical it makes me want to throw up.

Feb. 28 2012 10:35 AM

I'd love to hear your opinions/take on Mark Bittman's piece on regulating sugar from the times.

Feb. 28 2012 10:35 AM
Zach Vietze from New York City

Speaking of shootouts, I remember the San Ysidro McDonald's shootout by James Huberty who killed or injured 39 people.

Feb. 28 2012 10:35 AM

Guns for all!!

Feb. 28 2012 10:34 AM
The Truth from Becky

The suspect in those Ohio shooting parents had both been arrested for domestic violence. No mental issue, he posted pictures on facebook, just a violent personality.

Feb. 28 2012 10:34 AM
John from NYC

Regarding Governor Cuomo and his proposal for a new pension tier for civil service employees. Could you find an expert in the pension benefits field who would know if there are pensions outside the NYC and NYS region which are configured to allow for overtime pay to be included in the pension benefit for retired workers. I'm curious if there are other State or City pension systems in the country which have similar concerns or is this a unique benefit for local retirees.

Feb. 28 2012 10:34 AM

In the news: for the first time since 1949 we now export more oil than we import.

Big oil companies would rather make money from foreign sales than keep oil here and gas prices low.

Feb. 28 2012 10:33 AM
Jason from Brooklyn

The NEW Slavery. High rates of incarcerated non-white youth and the use of them as free labor.

Feb. 28 2012 10:31 AM
John A.

It's been said the USA consumes resources at twice the rate of Europe. Please explain why.

Feb. 28 2012 10:30 AM
Gianni Lovato from Chatham, NY

While Occupy Wall Street was banging drums against Monsanto on Wall Street, Monsanto was winning a possible case in court against organic farmers.
That's what I'd like to hear more about. Thank you.

Feb. 28 2012 10:27 AM

1. Should Corporations be considered people -- when it comes to their sins?

Supreme Court to hear the other side of Citizens United this week:

2. A study says the rich are "jerkier" than the rest of us, based on their driving and... willingness to steal candy from a baby -- reallY!

Feb. 28 2012 10:26 AM

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