LiftoffBy Leslie Horwitz on January 24, 2011 at 7:00 am
- Chinese President Hu Jintao wrapped up his visit to the United States, ending a two-day stay in Chicago after an official state visit with President Obama earlier this week. Hu met with business, government and cultural leaders who say the Chinese president’s visit is a chance to strengthen ties between the Midwest and the world’s most populous country. Both Mr. Hu and President Obama seemed desperate to avoid what Graham Allison of Harvard University has labeled “the Thucydides Trap,” referring to that explosive combination of calculation and emotion that, fueled over time, can turn a healthy rivalry into antagonistic hostility.
- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was shot in the brain only two weeks ago, is recovering at a miraculous rate. After being removed from a ventilator last Saturday, Giffords is breathing on her own. On Wednesday, she stood with the help of aides, and even took a few steps. She can see at least shapes and colors, move both hands, and scroll through an iPad, her doctors said Thursday.
- Obama caught lip-syncing a speech!
- BUDGET WATCH – On campus construction: At its meeting yesterday, the University’s Board of Regents approved proposals to continue renovations of Crisler Arena and to install high-definition scoreboards at Michigan Stadium, Crisler Arena and Yost Ice Arena.
- As if Starbucks wasn’t tempting enough, new technology will offer all of those Starbucks addicts out there, my self included, the opportunity to download a special app to their iPhone, iPod touch, or Blackberry that will enable them to pay for their coffee with their cell phones instead of pulling out cash or a credit card.