From February 8th to February 18th, the #DUreporters have been keeping fellow tweeters updated on local, national and worldwide breaking news stories. From the 50th Superbowl win by the Denver Broncos to scientists around the world uncovering human history, 10 days of news is never boring and never the same. Whether you missed the news because this February chilled you into hibernation or global warming flexed, bringing sunny days spent outside, this is what you missed:

Manning or Losing?

If you have stock in Budweiser, send Peyton Manning, Broncos Quarterback, a big thanks. Following Manning’s second Superbowl win the sports star announced his plans to celebrate by “drinking a lot of Budweiser,” earning the the beer free advertising. This name-drop was valued at $13.9 million where other companies paid up to a record-breaking $5 million in advertising.

As a Budweiser stake-owner, Manning lined his own pockets. This example of promotional prowess came in the wake of rumors regarding Manning’s retirement.

Now in the news for a decades-old sexual assault allegation, Manning’s lucky streak may be expiring. With another Superbowl victory, the successful marketing of stake-holdings and a leaked sexual assault story, only time will tell if Manning is winning or losing.



Lifestyle’s Links to Lifespan

Divergences between those in the highest and lowest socio-economic tiers have been recognized and reported on for years. Now, the New York Times has published a report indicating financial means in playing a role in determining length of life.

Not only does this gap in longevity exist, it has been widening alongside developments in medicine, technology and education. This increasing gap has gotten the attention of presidential candidates and could create newfound policy concerns for impoverished voters.

Investigations point to a prominence in smoking, obesity and prescription drug abuse among poor communities as an explanation for this disparity. Regardless of other injustices, lifestyle being indicative of lifespan–now, more glaringly–is a cause-and-effect pattern the American public will need to address.


A Mother’s Memoir of a Columbine Killer

Dylan  Klebold and Eric Harris changed the way the world looked at teens residing outside their high school’s neighborhood of relative normalcy on April 20, 1999. 17 years later, Sue Klebold, mother of one of the Columbine killers, has published her account on that day and the years leading up to it.

Sue Klebold wrote her memoir in response to a letter written by the father of one of Dylan’s victims, asking how she had raised her son to commit such violence. Chillingly, Klebold tells the world of their more-than mediocre lives and the moment she knew something was amiss in her son: the morning of the shooting.

‘A Mother’s Reckoning’ hopes to shed light on factors internal and external that contributed to Dylan’s desire to destroy his and his classmates’ lives. Providing peace of mind to victim’s families, mass violence researchers and even her own family, Sue Klebold has changed the way the world looks at the mothers of murders.


The History of Humans: Neanderthals

Evidence has revealed that the modern moron’s common insult now contributes to millions’ genetic make-up. 50,000 year-old interbreeding genetically grounded Neanderthal DNA  in humans.

Non-African’s are now believed to be 1-2% Neanderthal, contributing to contemporary health concerns like allergies and depression. Scientists have determined that various instances of interbreeding left human DNA markers on Neanderthals 100,000 years ago.

This is a historical hiccup: how this mysterious migration of humans interacted and interbred with Neanderthals thousands of years departed from common beliefs have left historians looking to science for answers. Advancements in science have allowed humans to look into the collective history of us and will continue to illuminate, humble and surprise our definitions of self.


Talking on Twitter

Twitter is made for talking. From follows to mentions to favorites, communication is key in collecting Twitter success. Twitter’s @ mentions allow users to connect with any account. Here’s how:

Chipotle regularly interacts with customers via Twitter, but did not reply to either of my @ mentions. Sometimes no message is a message, right Chipotle?

No service, no problem–thanks to Twitter and Wifi.

Restaurants love Twitter mentions, sometimes so much that they give away coupons or free food and drinks. Being one tweet away from a free cheese board is worth the 68-character mention.


If you don’t want to miss breaking news on every beat, see you in two weeks.



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