Archive for the ‘News’ Category

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2008 Year in Photographs

January 8, 2009

Wow.

What an eventful year.

The Boston Globe has posted 120 pictures to commemorate 2008.  The photos are posted in three different parts.  Some are funny, some are sad and most all of them will give you something to think about.  They do a great job of capturing some of the stories from the past year.  Almost all of them are spectacular, with only a few that don’t meet the high standards of the rest.

Along with the links, I’m going to post my favorite picture from each set.  I’m not 100% sure on the laws/internet guidelines on posting pictures from other sites but I think it’s all good as long as you include a link to the site.

Take a few moments to check these out.  It is well worth it.

Part one of three is here.

The Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on 5/31/2008

The Space Shuttle Discovery lifts off on 5/31/2008

Part two of three is here.

Ireland's Gabriel Shelly and his coach celebrate a bronze medal win in the Paralympics

Ireland's Gabriel Shelly and his coach celebrate a bronze medal win in the Paralympics

Part three of three is here.

A boy plays soccer in the La Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

A boy plays soccer in the La Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Detroit

December 14, 2008

In Saturday’s New York Times, Bill McGraw, a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, has a short opinion piece related to the current discussion on bailing out the automotive industry.  The article, When the Cars go Away, is a bleak piece about the decaying Industrial complex that was once home to the Packard Car Company.  Even though the company closed down in 1956, the complex is still there, serving as a reminder of what may happen if one or more of the big three goes under.

After reading the article, I went to google maps to see if I could get an aerial view of the old factory.  After a few minutes of surfing, I was not only able to see a satellite view of the plant, but a street view of the old campus and the surrounding areas.

Click here for the satellite view

Click here for the street view

It’s not a pretty picture.  I talked to my Dad about it and he says most of Detroit is like this.  I can only imagine what it will be like when (not if) the next big car company goes under.

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Iraq

September 17, 2008

On the way in to work this morning, there was an interview on NPR with a NY Times reporter, Dexter Filkins, about his new book, The Forever War.  It was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal news report.  He has spent a considerable amount of time in Iraq and while cautioning against being too optimistic, he reports that things have improved drastically in some parts of the country.  Interesting what you can do with a pocketful of cash.

You can listen here.

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Wedding Pictures

September 8, 2008

Here are a couple of photos from the wedding.

We’ll upload the rest of them to a photo sharing site once we get them and I’ll post the link.  You can click each photo to enlarge.

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Fox News

July 2, 2008

Always Classy.

Yeah, definitely ‘fair and balanced’.

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Journalism 101

April 23, 2008

Msnbc.com mucks it up again.

How exactly does one translate, ‘almost half of the people said that celebrities help the causes they promote’, into the headline of this article? I don’t think Mrs. Wood, my High School Journalism Teacher would be impressed.