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By Jamie Gray, CNN
Tuesday’s State of the Union and the manhunt for Christopher Dorner will take center stage this Sunday, but here are some of the other stories the Reliable Sources team has been reading about:
Zombie Apocalypse? Not really: Hoaxers took over the emergency broadcast system of KRTV in Great Falls, Montana. Viewers heard an ominous-sounding warning that “the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living” and were instructed not to engage the zombies. Similar attempts to hack into other stations in the area were also reported. A police spokesman advised that while they got a number of calls in response to the fake warning, none were serious. "It's been a real chuckle," he said.
Photographs Capture Commutes : From Mexico comes this intriguing collection of photographs from artist Alejandro Cartagena. Cartagena spent weeks on an overpass on a road into the city of Monterrey, taking aerial shots of flatbed pickup trucks and their contents. What he got was an interesting variety of configurations of construction equipment, gardening tools and sleeping workers. “I guess people responded favorably because there are so many things represented in the pictures. … People think the men are crossing the border illegally or there are dead bodies in the trucks,.” says Cartagena. The collection is currently on display at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.
The Most Violent School In America : Before the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary turned the nation’s attention back to the problem of gun violence, three reporters from NPR’s “This American Life” were embedded in one of the country’s most dangerous schools. 29 students at Harper High in Chicago were shot last year alone, eight of them dying from their wounds. During their semester at Harper, they encountered students from 15 different gangs in an environment where petty arguments escalated into armed conflict. They also found “school administrators who know their students well, and take energetic measures to keep these teenagers alive.” You can hear the results of their brave work on “This American Life” Friday Feburary 15 and Friday February 22.
Internet Gives New Life to Old Soaps: Good news for soap opera fans; two of the longest running daytime dramas in television history are about to make a comeback, thanks to an agreement between ABC and a production company that will see the shows put out on the Internet. All My Children and One Life to Live both ended near forty-year runs in the past two years. New episodes will come out every weekday and last 30 minutes rather than the previous one hour.