Daily Digest: FCC deal, Norway royalty visit, Occupy update

Katherine Lymn

By Evie Smirnitskaya

Your Daily Digest for Monday, Oct. 17:

Parents of media-savvy teens everywhere will have to do a little less nagging as wireless service providers and the Federal Communications Commission reached an agreement to send alerts to users nearing their monthly service limit. The deal binds the providers to notify users when they are in danger of being charged extra for voice, text or data services. According to the New York Times, virtually all of the country’s more than 300 million accounts are covered under the almost pan-industrial deal. Whether the step will actually curb the number of tens of millions overcharged account each year is yet to be determined.

 

In the Twin Cities, the local population is forgoing the traditional patriotic disdain for monarchy for the awe-inspiring silliness of the royal Norwegian garb. Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja visited Augsburg College Sunday as part of their eight-day visit to Minnesota an Iowa, the Star Tribune reported. Today they move on to Duluth, where the painfully cold Lake Superior winds inspire people to actually sell Norwegian food on street corners, MPR reported.

 

Meanwhile, the OccupyMN protesters are still fighting for a right to sleep somewhere other than warm, comfortable beds after the authorities took down their tents Sunday afternoon. The Star Tribune reported the plan is to set up camp on the periphery of U.S. Bank Plaza in the next few days. There is still no word on whether the protestors have managed to come up with a list of coherent demands – unlike their counterparts in New York who have set up a demands committee, according to the New York Times. The issue, reportedly (and mostly unsurprisingly), is a lack of a cohesive focus. Though it’s hard to tell if the protestors agree it’s an issue.