Category Archives: Journalism

Deadly gang violence never far away

Family grieves Thursday over Joey Mendoza. Sentinel photo/Shmuel Thaler Gang violence is a scourge and blight on the community. Sadly, it almost always is out of sight, out of mind for many people.Except when it involves kids. So when a … Continue reading

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Streaming of consciousness: Olympics in 140 characters — or more

TMI. Has the ongoing debate about Olympics’ media coverage uncovered a new trend? Could it be that Americans’ incessant desire for near-instant posts, entertainment, tweets and Facebook updates, is suffering from a groaning sense of overload rather than faster download … Continue reading

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Let the Olympic hyperbole begin!

Seventeen-year-old Amelia Hempleman-Adams held the Olympic torch aloft as she stood on top of one of the capsules on the iconic London Eye, on Sunday, July 22   The Olympics open Friday after a summerlong buildup that may promise more … Continue reading

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Dark night: The loner with the orange hair

  By now, we’ve almost become numbed by the report of yet another mass murder. Although the victims and the methods are often different, a couple of things remain the same. The awful senselessness of tragedy and lives, usually young, … Continue reading

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The Newsroom: Sanctimony from the media elite

After two episodes of Aaron Sorkin’s much hyped new HBO series, The Newsroom, I was willing to move past the lecturing, silly subplots and obvious bias and see if the show could improve from its deadly early reviews. Didn’t happen. … Continue reading

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Hollow leaders failed miserably at Penn State

There have been calls to remove this statue of Joe Paterno outside Penn State’s football stadium/Getty Images “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all … Continue reading

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Print newspapers: Not a picayune matter

Last I looked, the furor over the decision by the Newhouse family to scale back New Orleans’ daily newspaper, the Times-Picayune, to three times a week starting in the fall had not abated. The paper’s website, NOLA.com,  reported this week … Continue reading

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Flawed law led to tragic mistake

Mistakes happen. As callous as that sounds, this one contributed to the death of Shannon Colllins. And as horrifying as the cold-blooded murder of the 38-year-old  local woman by a paroled convict with mental issues was for this community, casting all … Continue reading

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UC’s pension time bomb

If you read this blog regularly, you know one of our favorite topics is the high cost of public employee pensions and the astounding myopia of our state legislators to enact much-needed reforms. Another frequent subject is the soaring cost … Continue reading

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Google Maps soon won’t know the way to iPhones

Apple may finally get its revenge against Google. The Wall Street Journal, citing interviews with Apple executives, reported this week that  Apple will soon announce its own iPhone/iPad mapping service and thus boot Google Maps back to the Android world so … Continue reading

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