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Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Wi-Fi, oh my

Weak signal: A marketing stunt to turn homeless people in Austin, Texas, into Wi-Fi hot spots during the South By Southwest music, film and technology conference was abandoned after the plan to have the homeless carry wireless devices for $50 a day was criticized as insensitive.

Instead, the wireless devices will be carried by two groups that garner less public sympathy than the homeless: possums and marketing employees.

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Is this Heaven? Residents of Dyersville, Iowa, the little town where a cornfield was turned into a baseball diamond for the 1989 Kevin Costner movie "Field of Dreams," are concerned about the scope of a plan to expand the field into a complex of 24 fields, a training facility and lodging.

Developers picked the baseball project when they couldn't find financial backing to turn an abandoned oil tanker into a "Waterworld" theme park.

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Don't know much about history: On this day in 1923, President Warren G. Harding became the first chief executive to file an income tax return.

An honest man, Harding listed his occupation as "provider of political favors."

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