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January 1, 2012

AP poll finds that Bin Laden killing the biggest story of 2011 and my end of the year rambling commentary

The top story of the year according to a survey of U.S newsroom directors and editors.

The results to the annual poll of U.S news editors and News directors was released in mid-December and the next few posts will likely seem to have happened a few weeks ago, because I have had other issues to cope with and hence the back log.

Anyway since we are on the precipice of 2012, (which as this cartoon I came across illustrates, I think is just a plot by the Mayans to freak us all out ), it seems just as timely as it was weeks ago.

Gauging the opinions of 247 U.S  News Directors and News Editors, the Associated Press asked them what was the biggest story of 2011. By an overwhelming majority, 128 of them said the NAVY SEAL operation that located and killed Al-Queda mastermind Osama Bin Laden. The Earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown that hit Japan in fairly quick order of one another, came in a distant second with 60 votes.

Obviously, since those  in charge of U.S News rooms and not media outlets around the world, the selection would seem to be tilted towards stories that have a substantial effect on or involve America. As the AP noted however, this year about half  have an international flavor to them. 

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October 30, 2011

Weekly Links: Oct 22-29

The world outside my window this afternoon.

Only October and already snow is falling across the northeast, as evidenced by the photograph above of the scene outside my window unfolding as I type this. Hope the power stays on. Anyway below are your weekly links. 

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August 29, 2011

Irene Aftermath

Tropical Storm Irene over New England (photo from ABC News)

Wednesday, August 31st: 

The death toll has risen to 42 across 13 states, after Hurricane Irene carved a path of disaster up the east coast this past weekend. Despite the cessation in heavy rains and winds, Vermont is still recovering, while their have been fresh rounds of evacuations in New Jersey and Connecticut prompted by the fear of swelling rivers.

In Washington DC, FEMA Director Craig Fugate is shrugging off the prospect that Disaster Relief funds being held up in Congress due to legislative gridlock. House Majority leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has stated that all funding for disaster relief should be provided, but must be off-set by spending cuts elsewhere in order to avoid deepening the deficit.

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August 29, 2011

The latest on Irene’s aftermath in Western Massachusetts

The view of the damage (a couple fallen limbs) from my back window.

Excuse the poor style and heavy concentration of links in this post. It is meant to be a general description of ‘Irene’s’ aftermath told through a number of local news sources.

Hurricane Irene may have eroded in strength from ‘hurricane’ to ‘tropical storm’ , as she churned up the Atlantic coast, but her fury has no doubt left much ruin in its wake;  unleashing her wrath as far South as Florida  and North as Maine, even inching across the border into Canada.

So far as many as twenty-one people in eight states have been reported as casualties of Irene, and millions could still be lacking power for the coming week. Some time in the early afternoon , Irene which had already reeked havoc in such states as North Carolina and Virginia ( even washing a live shark into the streets in Puerto Rico days ago) was downgraded to the status of a tropical storm as it headed north towards southern New England.

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