Yum executive Hearl will retire

News Digest: After a 2006 shake-up at Yum, an executive named Hearl rose to the top position. But now Hearl is out, replaced by someone named Eaton.  Yum executive Hearl will retire Eaton to be new development chief By Alex Davis alexdavis@courier-journal.com The Courier-Journal Yum! Brands announced yesterday that the company’s chief operating and development officer is retiring a year after he was promoted from president of Pizza Hut. The…

Wikipedia's Technological Obscurification: Three ways Wikipedia keeps 99% of the population from participating

The special coding Wikipedia has developed for its user-edited pages is powerful. Some shortcuts are simple and elegeant — you just put [[square brackets]] around words to make them into links, and clicking on the link will automatically either take you to an existing page, or let you create a new one. But as Wikipedia has grown in size and complexity, the code of its pages has become harder for…

How to Write a Letter to the Editor

A student sent me an e-mail asking for advice on how to write a letter to the editor. I found plenty of web resources that are designed to help volunteers write letters designed to get a particular message out — that is, Citizens for the Defense of Rutebegas offer specialized tips for how to write letters that raise awareness of the plight of rutebagas. I wanted something more general. On…

Pamela Smart 17 Yrs Later: 'Innocent'

This ABC News story following up on an early 1990s story ends on a deftly sensitive note. Since entering prison Smart has completed two master’s degrees, one in law and one in English literature. Those studies have kept her focused. And she said her favorite book is “The Scarlet Letter,” which is the tale of a woman condemned for having an illicit affair. “Nathaniel Hawthorne’s ‘The Scarlet Letter’ is a…