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  • Week in review: Debate, Big Bird top the news

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    Here are the top news stories from the past week:



     
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    Here are the top news stories from the past week:
    - “I’m sure President Obama now realizes, 'Oh, pre-season is over. I should probably familiarize myself with my presidency, learn some of the numbers and things that go along with it.' I used to think (with) the pauses, he was just trying to think of smaller words for the little brains to figure out what he was saying, but this time I really think the pauses were, ‘I like food, my children are nice.’ He just didn’t seem present in the same way.” – Comedian Jon Stewart’s summary of President Barack Obama’s debate performance Wednesday night, which pundits and the public agree that Mitt Romney soundly won. Obama tried to bounce back Thursday at a rally in Denver and broke out some zingers of his own, saying, "Thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird," a reference to Romney saying PBS shouldn’t receive federal funding.
    - A jobs report released Friday shows that the unemployment rate fell below 8 percent, to 7.8 percent, and that 114,000 jobs were added last month. President Barack Obama, fresh off his debate loss, said Friday, "Today I believe that as a nation, we are moving forward again. We're moving forward." Mitt Romney said, “The reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work."
    - "Clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you're gonna say something that doesn't come out right. In this case I said something that's just completely wrong." – Mitt Romney, talking on Fox News about his much-maligned quote about the “47 percent.”
    - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that Facebook now has 1 billion people using the social-networking site. If the number is correct, one out of seven people in the world use Facebook. 
    - “We support Biblical families, and they've (families) always been a part of that." – Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy, talking during an interview with an Atlanta TV station. It was Cathy’s first interview since he made comments earlier this year about gay marriage.
    Page 2 of 2 - - “For all we know, it was a horrific accident, but it’s so doggone weird that we have to look at all possibilities.” - Coos County (Ore.) District Attorney Paul Frasier, talking about an investigation into the death of farmer Terry Vance Garner, 70. Family members found Garner almost completely eaten by his hogs after he had gone to feed them. Officials said a 700-pound hog could have knocked him over, or he could have been deliberately pushed into the enclosure.
    - "This bill bans non-scientific 'therapies' that have driven young people to depression and suicide." – Tweet from California Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed a bill Monday that bans therapy that tries to turn gay kids straight. The law, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, will ban such practices for anyone under 18.
    - Apple announced that a bug in its iPhone 5 is causing some users to see data usage go through the roof. The bug doesn’t turn off data usage when users are connected to WiFi networks, and consequently, some users were hitting their monthly data usage within days. The problem mainly appeared to be with phones on Verizon, though others may be affected as well.
    Video of the week: Jim Lehrer's 3 worst debate questions
    Most everyone agrees Mitt Romney won the first presidential debate at least on style points but most everyone also agrees moderator Jim Lehrer was awful. He had no control and asked inane questions worthy of a cable access debate for dog catcher. 
    GateHouse News Service