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Write an essay, win a newspaper in Vermont

The owner and publisher of a Vermont weekly newspaper is extending an essay contest to find a new owner for it after failing to get enough entries.

Ross Connelly had hoped to get at least 700 essays from which to pick a winner to own the Hardwick Gazette but said that he had received fewer than 100 since the contest started June 11.

The entry fee is $175. Contestants are expected to write up to 400 words about their skills and vision for owning a rural weekly newspaper in Vermont.

Connelly announced in the newspaper that he was extending the contest by 40 days.

“Besides garnering a number of excellent essays, the contest to this point makes a strong case there are people in this country and elsewhere who recognize the importance of a community newspaper, and have the skills and drive to be successful running one,” he wrote.

The deadline to enter is Sept. 20.

The winner would assume ownership of the newspaper and its historic building, equipment, website and proprietary materials needed to operate the business. The newspaper is printed offsite at a press not owned by it.

Connelly and his late wife, Susan Jarzyn, bought the newspaper in 1986 after moving to Vermont from Cape Cod, in Massachusetts. She died in 2011, and he has said he would like to retire.

He had been unsuccessful selling the newspaper so he came up with the essay contest.

If he doesn’t receive at least 700 entries, he’ll refund the entry fees. He also has the option to extend the contest another 20 days.

Milwaukee applies for $20M grant to extend streetcar

The city of Milwaukee is applying for a $20 million federal grant to extend a planned streetcar north to the new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

The route extension would run on North Fourth Street from West St. Paul Avenue to West Highland Avenue, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Milwaukee Public Works Commissioner Ghassan Korban said the proposed extension also would move the streetcar route closer to Bronzeville, a cultural and entertainment district.

“We’re taking one extension at a time,” Korban said.

The earliest the extension would open would be 2020, he said. The downtown streetcar route is expected to be open for passenger service in 2018, with the lakefront loop opening in 2019.

The northern end of the planned extension would reach the “doorstep” of the new Bucks arena. Groundbreaking for the new arena is expected this summer.

The proposed extension would connect key attractions such as existing hotels as well as planned attractions, Korban said.

“The idea all along has been that the original route needs extensions to make the streetcar route more successful and efficient,” he said. “And this is the first next step in terms of having a meaningful extension to add to the success of the streetcar increasing connectivity downtown.”

The $20 million grant would cover about 50 percent of the estimated costs for that extension, Korban said. The federal grant money would come from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant program.

The city in November picked Brookville Equipment Corp. to build its first four streetcars. In April, the city opened bidding for companies hoping to oversee the streetcar project.


Study: iPhone separation causes anxiety, poor performance

Research from the University of Missouri shows that cellphone separation can have serious psychological and physiological effects on iPhone users, including poor performance on cognitive tests.

The researchers say these findings suggest that iPhone users should avoid parting with their phones during daily situations that involve a great deal of attention, such as taking tests, sitting in conferences or meetings or completing important work assignments, as it could result in poorer cognitive performance on those tasks.

“Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks,” said Russell Clayton, a doctoral candidate at the MU School of Journalism and lead author of the study.

“Additionally, the results from our study suggest that iPhones are capable of becoming an extension of our selves such that when separated, we experience a lessening of ‘self’ and a negative physiological state.”

Clayton — along with Glenn Leshner, former professor at MU, now at the University of Oklahoma and Anthony Almond, doctoral student at Indiana University-Bloomington — found that when iPhone users are unable to answer their ringing iPhones while solving simple word search puzzles, their heart rates and blood pressure levels increased. They also experienced feelings of anxiety and unpleasantness.

In addition, performance — number of words found on word search puzzles — decreased as compared to when iPhone users completed similar word search puzzles while in possession of their iPhones.

For their study, the MU researchers asked iPhone users to sit at a computer cubicle in a lab. The researchers told the participants that the purpose of the experiment was to test the reliability of a new wireless blood pressure cuff.

Participants completed the first word search puzzle with their iPhone in their possession and the second word search word puzzle without their iPhone in their possession or vice versa while the researchers monitored their heart rates and blood pressure levels.

While completing the first puzzle, the researchers recorded participants’ heart rate and blood pressure responses. Participants then reported their levels of anxiety and how unpleasant or pleasant they felt during the word search puzzle.

Next, and while in possession of their iPhones, participants were informed that their iPhones were causing “Bluetooth interference” with the wireless blood pressure cuff, and that they needed to be placed further away in the room for the remainder of the experiment.

The researchers then provided the participants a second word search puzzle. While working on the puzzle, the researchers called the participants’ iPhones. After the phones finished ringing, researchers collected blood pressure and heart rate responses.

Participants then reported their levels of anxiety and how unpleasant or pleasant they felt during the word search puzzle. The researchers found a significant increase in anxiety, heart rate and blood pressure levels and a significant decrease in puzzle performance when the participants were separated from their iPhones as compared to when iPhone users completed similar word search puzzles while in possession of their iPhones.

Clayton, Leshner and Almond’s study, “The Extended iSelf: The Impact of iPhone Separation on Cognition, Emotion, and Physiology,” was published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and was awarded the Top Paper Award at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication by the Communication Technology Division this past August in Montreal, Canada.