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Is it libel?

Posted on 18. Dec, 2009 by .

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FOX News personality Bill O’Reilly believes Law & Order was out of order last week when a recent script for the show grouped him with Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck in an unflattering way. A character on the Dec. 9 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit called the three popular commentators “a cancer […]

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Slideshow: Most Overblown Stories of 2009

Posted on 12. Dec, 2009 by .

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2009 was a great year for obsessive coverage of people – and an illness – that didn’t deserve the spotlight, or at least not as much as they got. So today, I’m honoring the five stories and personalities who have spent way too much time on my television screen this year. #5 H1N1 – Sporting […]

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Slideshow: Top news stories of 2009

Posted on 11. Dec, 2009 by .

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The Associated Press had the very cool idea of allowing Facebook users to weigh in on its annual “Top Stories” list this year. When AP-member editors release their top ten picks for the year’s most important stories in a couple of weeks, the public’s list will be released, too. The differences will be interesting. “Important” […]

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Coed dorms at Columbia create media stir

Posted on 10. Dec, 2009 by .

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Any time my alma mater’s name is in a news headline, I get nervous. There’s usually some major controversy that makes friends and relatives furrow their brows and launch into uncomfortable discussions about politics. This time was no different. Columbia University is considering a student proposal that would allow sophomores, juniors and seniors to have […]

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News media's bogey

Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 by .

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Historians will call 2009 a watershed year for news media. It will be the year a website beat the media titans on the death of the world’s biggest star and then forced them to care about how many mistresses a golf champion has been fooling around with. It will be the year TMZ.com gained credibility […]

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Video: Recession in Brownsville, Brooklyn

Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 by .

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When we were assigned in October to interview residents in our neighborhood beats about how the recession affected them, I thought the responses from Brownsville would be predictable. I would be talking to people living on some of New York City’s lowest-income and highest-crime streets. In these types of neighborhoods, every day can feel like […]

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Trouble in Toyland

Posted on 05. Dec, 2009 by .

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The deadline is quickly approaching for Santa’s elves to package gifts, but according to one consumer advocacy group, there’s trouble in toyland. Twenty-four toys – from Thomas the Tank Engine to a Fisher Price singing puppy – made the naughty list by the New York Public Interest Research Group, which says the toys can choke, […]

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Restored Mural Brightens Harlem Corner

Posted on 21. Oct, 2009 by .

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A team of New York City artists spent 36 days resurrecting a Harlem mural that they say is the city’s last wall painting by the late Eva Cockroft. Cockroft was a prominent artist and activist during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The image is her four-story adaptation of Georges-Pierre Seurat’s famous piece “A Sunday Afternoon […]

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Unity is central message at Muslim march on Madison

Posted on 20. Oct, 2009 by .

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The 24th Annual Muslim Day Parade confronted rainy skies with a sunny message about unifying its vast community. Participants came from across the five boroughs and Long Island to march down Madison Avenue between 41st and 23rd streets:

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Can TV news handle natural black hair?

Posted on 13. Oct, 2009 by .

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I have no idea what my hair looks like. I haven’t seen it since I was seven. That’s how old I was when my mother took me to the salon to get my first relaxer – a process I have repeated every six to eight weeks since. I don’t remember much about that first experience, […]

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