Friday News Bites: Doctor Who Prequel Flailing Excitement and More

Lots of things are happening in the world, but I need to lead with some OHMYGOD Doctor Who News. Bear with me.

On Thursday, which is also Eighth Doctor Paul McGann’s birthday, the BBC released a prequel video, “The Night of The Doctor.” Settle in for nearly seven minutes of greatness. I’ll wait.

I literally did the Kermit arm-flail when I watched for the first time.

Okay, now onto matters that are more serious.  Let us talk about some of this week’s news stories.

Post-Typhoon in the Philippines, the confirmed death toll is now over 4,400. If you have questions about where you should donate, and whether or not your money is doing any good, an aid worker has written a pretty good article explaining the process here.

Threadless also has a t-shirt designed by an artist from the Philippines: “100% of net proceeds from the sale of this tee will be donated to Architecture for Humanity to support those affected by the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines.”

Here’s an interesting story at The Guardian: “A group of Occupy Wall Street activists has bought almost $15m of Americans’ personal debt over the last year as part of the Rolling Jubilee project to help people pay off their outstanding credit.”

This caught my eye because I used to live in Spokane: “Two Gonzaga University students disciplined for possessing a gun they used to scare off a man they suspected of attempting to force his way into their school-owned housing have sparked a national debate pitting gun rights against private property rights.”

With the impending release of the XBox One and the Playstation 4, The New York Times contemplates what it means to make a “game console” anymore.

In Russia, activists are protesting the treatment of prisoners.

On a related note: Pussy Riot singer Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been found in a Western Siberia prison hospital. The jailed singer had been missing for 26 days, and is currently being treated for “various conditions.”

Meanwhile, the US continues to iron out healthcare reform and accessibility.

Okay, let’s end with some art news: The Andy Warhol painting “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” sold for a record $105.4 million on Wednesday.

What interesting news bits have caught your attention this week? Are you as excited about “The Night of The Doctor” as I am?

By Sara Habein

Sara Habein is the author of Infinite Disposable, a collection of microfiction, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus, Pajiba and Word Riot, among others. Her book reviews and other commentary appear at Glorified Love Letters, and she is the co-manager of Electric City Creative.

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