The Georgia Mae Morning News

New York Gov. David Paterson has chosen Democratic Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand to succeed Hillary Clinton as U.S. Senator from New York, multiple Democratic sources told CNN today. Gillibrand, 42, represents New York’s traditionally Republican 20th district. She is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of congressional Democrats who hold more conservative views than their liberal Democratic counterparts. She has been an outspoken advocate for gun rights and has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association. Gillibrand supports an extension of the Bush tax cuts and has a 100 percent rating from the American Civil Liberties Union. CNN

The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the way for the first human trials of human embryonic stem-cell research, authorizing researchers to test whether the cells are safe to use in spinal injury patients. The trials will use human stem cells authorized for research by then-President George W. Bush in 2001. The patients will be those with the most severe spinal cord injuries, called complete spinal cord injuries. CNN

The somber, elegiac music of Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and two colleagues heard at President Obama’s inuauguration was in fact a recording, made two days earlier by the quartet and matched tone for tone by the musicians playing along. The players and the inauguration organizing committee said the arrangement was necessary because of the extreme cold and wind during Tuesday’s ceremony. The conditions raised the possibility of broken piano strings, cracked instruments and other problems. NY Times

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