By Hana Skoblow
• “This American Life” broadcaster Ira Glass announced that he and his producers have cracked one of America’s biggest mysteries: they have discovered the original Coca-Cola recipe. Rumors surrounding the secrecy claim that only two people at a time are entrusted with half of the recipe each. The NPR workers stumbled upon the recipe in a 1979 edition of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and confirmed its legitimacy by matching it with a recipe found in the journal of Coca-Cola inventor John Pemberton, held in the company’s own archives. Because the recipe has changed over the years, amounts of various oils (orange, lemon, nutmeg) must be reduced and sugar replaced by high fructose corn syrup to yield nearly the same flavor as current Coca-Cola. The recipe is widely accessible online.
• Brigham Young University dismissed their star basketball player, center Brandon Davies, on March 2 for violating the school’s honor code by engaging in premarital sex with his girlfriend. Because the university is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints, the code mandates that its students “be honest, live a chaste and virtuous life, obey all law and campus policies, use clean language, respect others, abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee and substance abuse, participate regularly in church services, observe the dress and grooming standards, and encourage others to comply with the Honor Code.”
• Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his sons, and senior aides will be under investigation for crimes against humanity. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, announced that “no one had the right to massacre civilians” after Gaddafi launched an air raid on the town of Brega. His other injustices include allegedly killing 257 people in Benghazi within five days and killing 26 people in three neighboring towns, as well as 14 protestors in Misrata. An estimated 200,000 migrant workers have fled Libya in fear.
• Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” featured a discussion on the Madison protests on Feb. 28. While a reporter from the station, Mike Tobin, was being filmed outside the Capitol building, the channel aired footage of violent, out-of-control crowds screaming for pro-union rights. The protesters, however, are wearing short-sleeved shirts on a street lined with palm trees, despite the fact that Wisconsin’s weather has been below freezing for most of the winter. The station claims that because they never explicitly stated the segment was shot in Madison, they had no intentions of deceiving their viewers.
Sources: “This American Life,” USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, BBC