Fact Checker Too. Economics Dept swamped with PhD, masters applications. Austin Rivers wraps up his high school career. Potti Mess now in 5 states

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Scramble to study economics at Duke. The Department of Economics says it has 685 applications (up 32 pct over last year) for the Ph.D. degree, but can only accomodate 18 or 20 next year. On the masters level, 580 applicants (up more than 20 percent over last year) for 40 to 45 slots.

AUSTIN RIVERS --- Maybe it's contageous, this business of missing three point shots that plagued Duke so much on Saturday night in Chapel Hill.

Down in Florida, Austin Rivers, future Blue Devil of course, led his team to a 2nd consecutive state championship. He scored 25 points but missed 7 of his first 9 attempts beyond the arc. Rivers had 11 rebounds and four steals. (No word on assists).

KYRIE IRVING In an on-line Duke video showing his rehab, Irving talks of playing with the team this summer. Nothing beyond that.


Austin quoted in Sporting News three days ago: "(Kyrie) has a lot on his mind. I think he’s probably 50/50 right now about leaving (Duke), but if he does go, he’ll go high (in the draft). I sure would love to play with him. If Kyrie does leave, I’ll probably play a little bit at both (guard positions) when I get there. Quinn (Cook) will mostly play the point, and sometimes I might be kind of an aggressive point (guard)."

Potti Mess spreads to more states and more hospitals. --- HensonFuerst, the Raleigh law firm that is expected to represent a large number of patients enrolled in clinical trials by Duke's fraudulent cancer doctor Anil Potti, says the human experiments were not only held at Duke, but in other North Carolina hospitals, plus more in Florida, Illinois, South Carolina and Virginia. In a video, David Henson says large medical centers duck, dodge and deny they are responsible for hurting patients, when the facts suggest otherwise. Watch his discussion:


Freshman Film Competition winner --- Good acting, good direction, good creativity, good shooting, good editing, and good heavens, Wilson Hall takes honors in the annual competition among fresman dorms to produce a film based on their new Duke experiences. But oh the color of those sneakers! You can watch it by clicking http://news.duke.edu/2011/03/froshlife.html

Is that Hitler in the background of DUKE Magazine's cover? -- The latest issue (for alumni) features the newly available personal papers of Doris Duke with a tantilizing cover picture, Doris in the foreground, maybe the Fuhrer in the background.

Doris was no stranger to the Nazis, even dining at the Ritz Hotel in Paris during the occupation with Nazi Reichsmarschall and Hitler heir desigate Hermann Goering. He gave her two cookie jars with big swasticas, kept prominently in the kitchen of Doris's New Jersey estate. Inquiries to DUKE magazine -- both the writer of the feature and the editor -- were not answered.

Take a look, on the left.