Daily Digest: Starr to speak on campus

by Mike Rose

Hey gang, hope all is well during your last week of class. Here’s some brief news for you to Digest:

Kenneth Starr

Kenneth Starr to speak on campus: The former independent counsel who investigated the Monica Lewinsky-Bill Clinton sex scandal will be speaking on campus next week in support of California’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, the Star Tribune reports. Starr, the Law School dean at Pepperdine University, has been on the Proposition 8 legal team since late last year. He will be speaking May 12 at the Tedd Mann Concert Hall. For more information, click here.

Twitter losing steam? MinnPost’s John Reinan writes today about a recent report showing that Twitter only retains 40 percent of its users — meaning that 60 percent of new users become "Twitter quitters" (sorry about that folks…it was in the article and I couldn’t resist). Reinan speculates that this may be due to the increasingly commercial nature of Twitter, where posts today often promote something or other, and a negative reaction among users. However, Reinan still thinks Twitter can remain an effective tool, both for marketers and casual users, because those who stay with the service tend to be very engaged and active people. And now you have read your requisite "Twitter changes the world" story for the day.

Minneapolis school closed due to probable H1N1 flu: Emerson Spanish Immersion School will be closed Monday as confirmation tests are completed on probable flu cases, the Pioneer Press reports. The students are being advised to stay home and not to congregate.