I nearly jumped out of my chair this past Saturday morning when, reading the morning's New York Times over espresso and trying to steel myself for the upcoming Glenn Beck speech on the anniversary of the Martin Luther King "I have a dream" speech (which I witnessed in person and reported on for a New Jersey newspaper), I came across the following sentence on Page One in Eric Lichtblau's piece "Financier’s Largess Shows G.
Last week, we touched upon the net neutrality issue to help explain and add context to the buzz around a forthcoming Google-Verizon deal. That "deal," as you may have heard, was announced on Monday.
The first thing to note is that it's not an actual deal.
Large-scale disaster -- this time in the form of BP's crude oil -- has again hit the Gulf Coast, and with it have returned the familiar white trailers that the government provided to survivors of Hurricane Katrina years ago.
According to The New York Times, these trailers -- known to have high levels of formaldehyde, a carcinogen -- are popping up again in connection with the BP oil disaster, potentially putting more people at risk of the health problems associated with the industrial chemical: nasal cancer, upper respiratory problems, and leukemia.
The email didn't go out of its way to explain itself. ALEC BALDWIN, appearing at the fabled JFK Forum at Harvard University's storied Kennedy School of Government, as a guest of the Institute of Politics. In conversation with no less an interlocutor than New York Times National Editor RICK BERKE (who admitted to staying up late the night before to watch It's Complicated on DVD).
If you can't wait for the long-awaited FRANK BRUNI profile of #masen SCOTT BROWN in next Sunday's New York Times Magazine, it's now online. Spoiler alert: SCOTT BROWN WORE PINK LEATHER SHORTS. On a first date! Sexy stuff, Grey Lady!
[Brown's daughter] Arianna told me that
he showed up for his first real date with her mother, Gail Huff, a TV
newscaster to whom he has been married for more than 23 years, in pink
Your useless celebrity/presidential trivia bit of the day/week:
While they certainly don't look much alike, billionaire Warren Buffett and President Barack Obama are indeed related, reads Ancestry.com. According to the genealogical-tracing site, Buffett and Obama are seventh cousins, three times removed.
The New York Times's 5th Down Blog has done the math, and it turns out that the Patriots had a better chance to win the game by going for it on 4th and 2 from their own 28 than they would have if they'd punted:
With 2:00 left and the Colts with only one timeout, a successful
conversion wins the game for all practical purposes.
Sure, he was being interviewed by a journalist from the capo-di-tutti-capi of old-media elites (what, was he gonna tell the New York Times that he gets his economic news from Perez Hilton?). But still, with the fishwrap industry taking at least as big a shipment of fail as Wall Street these days, it's kind of sweet to hear the Leader of the Free World say something nice about newspapers.