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IN THE NEWS: ARKANSAS NEWSPAPER USES HIGH-TECH TO TRY KEEPING SUBSCRIBERS
HOPE, Ark. (AP) — It’s an interesting way to marry old-school and new-school ways to get news. The largest newspaper in Arkansas is promising to give readers a free iPad _ if they keep paying $36 for an annual subscription. Instead of getting the paper tossed on their doorsteps _ or on a bad day in the bushes _ subscribers will have the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette delivered digitally. The Apple tablet will come with a dedicated app people can use to read the daily issue the same way they would the print edition _ the same layout, including links to jump pages. Publisher Walter Hussman says if the idea catches on, it may help sustain operations in his newsroom, help the paper keep its staff of 106 _ and turn a profit, which the paper hasn’t done in two years. Hussman says by the end of the year, only the Sunday edition of the paper will be printed.
IN THE NEWS: STUDY LOOKS AT E-CIGARETTES AND HEALTH
WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a new study on one of the newest high-tech crazes: e-cigarettes. And it takes a look at whether flavorings used in vaping products might be bad for the heart. The head of Stanford University’s cardiovascular institute tried to find whether vapors inhaled during vaping could affect the heart. The study finds that vaping and some flavorings, even nicotine-free ones, triggered the kind of dysfunction in blood vessels that can increase the risk of heart disease. Many smokers who have trouble kicking the habit have switched to e-cigs to avoid the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco smoke. Details of the study are in the current edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
ON THE WEB: NHL PLAYER SHOWN IN VIDEO WITH WHAT APPEARS TO BE DRUGS
CYBERSPACE (AP) — A year ago, the Washington Capitals were on a successful Stanley Cup playoff run. But now, they’re dealing with a possibly scandalous post. The NHL team confirms that one of its stars, Evgeny Kuznetsov (ehv-GEH’-nee kooz-NET’-sawf), is shown in a social media clip _ in a hotel room with lines of white powder and rolled up currency on a table before him. The clip doesn’t show him snorting anything _ but the clip seems to depict cocaine use. The Caps are investigating. The video was on Twitter _ with a caption suggesting it was why Russia lost in the world hockey championship semifinals. Kuznetsov, who played for the Russian team at the Worlds, was Washington’s top scorer in the playoffs last year. This year, he had just one goal in a first-round loss to Carolina.
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