Just when you thought government lunacy could not get any worse…

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has cancelled plans for a “Southern Accent Reduction” class because of objections from lab staff members, some of whom said they were offended by the training opportunity. — More.

Well, what do you say other than egghead bureaucrats at work with your money. This story should be on network news tonight. Oh, wait. The topic is Southerners. Never mind.

Memo to journos: There’s no such thing as a ‘personal blog’

Bob Eschliman was fired as editor of the Newton (Iowa) Daily News in May after complaining on his personal blog that “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” are trying to reword the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God,” and that “we must fight back against the enemy.”More.

It’s 2014! Are there still journalists who think they don’t have to take ownership of what they say on social media? You write it, you own it. Period.

National investigative journalism project underway on gun rights and regulations

News21, a national investigative journalism project, is working on a series about gun rights and regulations. We want to hear from the public about what’s important to them in coverage of this topic.

Your insights will also help our newsroom set the direction of our reporting. Your response will not be published.

If you have any questions, please email News21 Engagement Editor David Ryan at david.ryan@news21.com. — More.

Color me skeptical.

‘Comcast’s worst nightmare: How Tennessee could save America’s Internet’

The business lobby often demands that government get out of the way of private corporations, so that competition can flourish and high-quality services can be efficiently delivered to as many consumers as possible. Yet, in an epic fight over telecommunications policy, the paradigm is now being flipped on its head, with corporate forces demanding the government squelch competition and halt the expansion of those high-quality services. Whether and how federal officials act may ultimately shape the future of America’s information economy. — More at Salon.