Thursday, May 23 2013 11:58 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:58:46 GMT
Macon County School Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks confirms to WSFA 12 News that shots were fired after a high school graduation ceremony Wednesday evening. There were no injuries reported.Dr. BrooksMore >>
Macon County School Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks confirms to WSFA 12 News that shots were fired after a high school graduation ceremony Wednesday evening. There were no injuries reported.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:55 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:55:08 GMT
(RNN) - Dozens of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life. Charles Ramsey, the guy who famously stopped eating his Big MacMore >>
More than a dozen of Cleveland restaurants have pledged to give the man who rescued three Ohio women from captivity, free burgers for life.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:51 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:51:55 GMT
WSFA 12 News is taking action to try and help the people of Oklahoma following the violent weather. We are teaming up with the American Red Cross tomorrow for a phone bank. The hours will be from 11amMore >>
WSFA 12 News teamed up with the American Red Cross in Alabama to help the people of Oklahoma following the tornadoes that took 24 lives and caused extensive damage. Our on air and on line Disaster Relief Drive has raised $45,641 up to now.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:45:52 GMT
The hunt is on for a wanted suspect in Autauga County, according to the Autauga County Sheriff's Office. A woman called the WSFA 12 newsroom Wednesday afternoon saying that she had been stopped in AutaugaMore >>
A manhunt was initiated (for a second time) in Autauga county Wednesday after authorities showed up at a home to serve a robbery warrant and ran into the man wanted in connection with a January police chase. More >>
Amid lingering concerns about his national security policies, President Barack Obama is outlining measures to clarify the deadly use of drones against terror suspects.More >>
President Barack Obama is set to at least partially bring out into the open some of the U.S.-directed drone program, a key component of counterterrorism strategy, as he outlines the contours of the continuing threat to...More >>
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -
Do you see yourself logging onto the Internet to look up things you swear you already know? You're not alone. A new study suggests Americans don't take the time to remember things like they used to.
Google does it all. The search engine answers life's biggest or most basic questions.
"How to tie a tie," said IT manager Tyler Martin. "Sadly, I had to look that up there other day."
Martin knows the ins and outs of computers. The computer whiz safeguards networks at Herald Quick Print in Florence. He's the first to admit Google is quickly becoming his source for knowledge.
"If I didn't have Google, I don't know what I would do," said Martin. "I'm not going to go to an encyclopedia."
Martin isn't alone. A Columbia University study found people are more likely to look up information on the Internet and are more likely to remember where they found it rather than the actual information itself. Researchers dubbed it the "Google effect."
"It does affect [some people's] ability to reason," said Dr. Richard Hudiburg.
Hudiburg is the Chairman of the University of North Alabama's Psychology Department. He sees the Google effect as a positive and a negative. On one hand, the amount of information you can find is limitless. On the other, you better know how to accurately find what you're looking for.
"The jobs of today or the next decade are going to expect a level of sophistication in utilizing information," said Dr. Hudiburg.