AMERICAN REPORTER ARCHIVES

Vol. 12, No. 3,045 - The American Reporter - December 8, 2006



SHARON TROUNCES BARAK, SETS ISRAEL ON RIGHTIST COURSE
American Reporter Staff

TEL AVIV -- Ariel Sharon, the former general whose visit to the sacred Temple Mount near the Aksa Mosque last Sept. 28 set off the months-long Palestinian uprising that left more than 150 Palestinians dead, was elected Prime Minister of Israel Tuesday by a wide margin over erstwhile peacemaker Ehud Barak. [MORE]

Hominy & Hash: HOIST A BREWSKI FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Ninety nine bottles of beer on the wall and no two the same. Oh, but don't stop at 99. There are thousands of brands to choose from: Take your pick. [MORE]

L.A. WEEKLY SUSPENDS SHEA FOR RUNNING FOR MAYOR
American Reporter Staff

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27. 2001 -- The prize-winning editor and reporter who got Internet censorship declared unconstitutional was suspended Friday by the L.A. Weekly because he is running for Mayor. [MORE]

Momentum: JUST SAY NO TO 'CIVILITY'
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- In a recent on-line column at Forbes.com, author and reporter David Brooks says that reporters expect to have a hard time covering the Bush II White House because of its "closed nature." [MORE]

The American Way
SPANISH EYES
by Joe Shea

If today was not the saddest in my life, it doesn't have much competition. [MORE]

Ink Soup: PUGET SOUND NIBBLES
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Ink Soup resembles nature at least in this: nothing is ever wasted. Not, that is, when I remember to take along my Sony 430 microcassette recorder when I walk, as I just did, along the shore of the Puget Sound to feed the gulls, geese, pigeons, crows, mallards, teals, and even one or two disoriented sparrows. [MORE]


SEISMIC DATA PROVES KURSK SUNK BY INTERNAL EXPLOSIONS
by Mark Perew

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Two distinct explosions caused the sinking of the Russian submarine Kursk last year, seismic scientists have learned. Combing through data from the explosions, the scientists say it shows that the Kursk could not have sunk from a collision or other impact. Their research is published this week in the science journal Eos. [MORE]

Inauguration Day, 2001

Congratulations, Mr. President!

BUSH IS INAUGURATED AMID FIERCE DEMONSTRATIONS

by Joe Shea

On a cold, wet and miserable day that left seats in the reviewing stand unoccupied for his Inaugural Address, George W. Bush took the oath of office on an old family Bible from Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist Saturday and became the 43rd President of the United States, promising civility and compassion as, blocks away, thousands of demonstrators repeatedly clashed with police to protest what they called a "stolen" election. [MORE]

The Philippines:
BETTER THE GRAVE THAN THE DEATH OF DEMOCRACY
by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19, 2001 -- The vice-president of the Philippines, Fernando Lopez, was arrested as he and I and his nephew ate lunch one day in 1972 at his family's electric utility, Meralco, in the Manila suburb of Quezon City. [MORE]

On Native Ground: NO HONEYMOON FOR US AND THE GOP
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- So now the Bush II era begins. [MORE]

Commentary: UNDER WITHERING FIRE, CHARACTER COUNTS
by Mark Scheinbaum

WASHINGTON -- The nominee was quiet, professional, and mostly respected as both the attorney general of his state and lame duck member of the United States Senate. [MORE]

Momentum: HAVING A FIT OVER 'KIT'
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- "Kit" is a doll, actually. She's the latest in the popular series of American Girl historical dolls from the Pleasant Company, a division of Mattel; she's designed to appeal to girls from seven to 12 years old. [MORE]

AR Science
WHY SOME PATIENTS WON'T SURVIVE WHEN CANCER STRIKES
by Mark Perew

NEW YORK -- A small gene on human chromosome 4 has a big say in who survives cancer. [MORE]

Make My Day!: AT LEAST WE'RE NOT POLITICIANS
by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Many people don't know what I do for my "day job," including several of my co-workers. When I'm not writing humor columns or donning a mask and cape to fight crime, I work in the marketing department of an export company. I also sell some of our products around the Midwest. [MORE]

ROLLING ONE-HOUR BLACKOUTS HIT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
American Reporter Staff

LOS ANGELES, January 17, 2001 (2:20 p.m. PST) -- In a dramatic demonstration that California's deregulation of electric utilities has been an abysmal failure, the state's independent power grid operator today ordered "rolling blackouts" of an hour each in Northern California cities including San Francisco and Oakland as a hard-edged cold wave increases demand and the prospect of bankruptcy looms for its major utilities. The blackouts were suspended after about two hours but may resume later in the day, authorities said. [MORE]

OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBER McVEIGH SET TO DIE MAY 16
by Bill Johnson

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The man who blew up the federal building was told Tuesday he will die for that crime on May 16. [MORE]

Ink Soup
SEATTLE ON STRIKE: ALWAYS APOLOGIZE, ALWAYS EXPLAIN
by Clarence Brown

t SEATTLE, Wash. -- I am not a journalist. You knew that, right? Yet I have been all my life a sort of camp follower. Editor of my high school paper, I wrote and drew cartoons for my college paper, published comic strips in London and New York newspapers. I was even a real editor -- Cartoon Editor of the Saturday Review. [MORE]

Hominy & Hash: WATCHING AND WAITING
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- This is the month when I look out the window at nothing in particular for as long as it takes to breathe a sigh, slowly turn away and get on with it. [MORE]

The American Reporter
Salutes

Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Secession & The City
NO 'SECESSION' CANDIDATE, CITY RULES

by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2001 -- I tried to run for Mayor of Los Angeles today as a "city secession activist," but the City Attorney -- who is also running for Mayor -- said I couldn't do it. He won. [MORE]

FOR FIRST TIME, OKLAHOMA EXECUTES A WOMAN
by Bill Johnson

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The first woman executed by Oklahoma since statehood was put to death by lethal injection Thursday night, the second of eight people scheduled to be executed by the state this month. [MORE]

On Native Ground

POLICE, THE PRESS AND A POLITICIAN'S RANTINGS by Randolph T. Holhut

by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- When the press shifts into its feeding frenzy mode, it's not a pleasant sight. Views get distorted, reputations get mangled and the truth generally gets ignored. [MORE]

Commentary: L.A. TIMES' CARROLL COMPETES IN DEPTH
by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES -- This vast city's journalistic edge, once as vibrant and celebrated as that of New York and Chicago, has been decidedly dull ever since newspaper rivalries disappeared and the "if it bleeds it leads" paradigm took over tv (I don't capitalize "tv", for that among many reasons. I would rather capitalize "newspaper."). [MORE]

Make My Day: (ICKY) NEWS OF THE WORLD
by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Since the real new millennium started, I haven't even hear an excited whisper heard from any of the marketing geniuses who celebrated it a year too early. [MORE]

Momentum: NEWSPAPERS ARE AN ADVENTURE IN DAILY SERENDIPITY
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- I love newspapers. [MORE]

SCIENTISTS SQUABBLE OVER SOLAR SYSTEM SIBLINGS
by Mark Perew

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Ink Soup: RHEINFAHRT. READ ON.
by Clarence Brown

Ink Soup: RHEINFAHRT. READ ON. [MORE]

THE SONGS OF CENTURY: ONE MUSIC FAN'S PICKS
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- What are the songs that define the 20th Century? It all depends on who you ask. [MORE]

Make My Day: MIGHT AS WELL BE UNDER A ROCK
by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- It's the end of an era. Okay, actually it's just the end of a year. But what a year it was! It was a year of meeting people, having pictures taken of you all the time, and have everyone think you're either cool or the weirdest person on Earth. [MORE]

Momentum: ME AND ALLY MCBEAL
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- You might be surprised to know that right now, many women are personally devastated by Robert Downey's recent return to drug addiction. [MORE]

Ink Soup: FIRE!
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Hello? No, this is not the Fire Department, you've dialed the wrong number, my name is Soup, but never mind that -- what was on your mind? Afire? That figures. Did you start it? No? Sure now? Well, it never hurts to ask -- you'd be surprised how many people set their place on fire, then change their minds and call us. I mean them. [MORE]

Happy New Year, Happy Millennium!

Millennium Editorial: A REVOLUTION OF OUR SOULS

by Joe Shea

At midnight tonight - and in the swift passage of a single second - a minute, an hour, a day, a month, a year, a decade, a century and the Second Millennium following the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem will come to a close, whether finished or not, perfected or not; and a vast highway flat to the vanishing point, a mountain that dwarfs our lives, a sea of time whose horizon is impossibly far, the Third Millennium, will open before us. But we are human, and our lives, after all, are about tomorrow. [MORE]

On Native Ground: MAKING NEWSPAPERS BETTER
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Back in the autumn of 1994, when the World Wide Web was still in its infancy and only a handful of newspapers were online, media critic Jon Katz wrote an article called "Online or not, Newspapers Suck." [MORE]

KEATING BLAMES LACK OF RIGHT-TO-WORK LAW FOR LOSS OF HOUSE SEAT
by Bill Johnson

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma received a belated Christmas present worse than any lump of coal: Preliminary Census data show the state will lose one of its six congressional seats. [MORE]

McVEIGH CAN DIE, JUDGE SAYS
by Bill Johnson

DENVER, Dec. 28. 2000 -- A federal judge agreed Thursday that Timothy McVeigh may forego any further appeals, setting the stage for an execution date to be set for the man who blew up the Oklahoma City federal building. After a half-hour spent questioning McVeigh closely, U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch held "that there is nothing inherently irrational about a person making a decision to accept the judgment of a court." [MORE]

Hominy & Hash: THE MOUSE AND ME
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- In mid-December 1968, Douglas C. Englebart and some 17 researchers demonstrated live an online system they had been working on since 1962. Rumor has it that at this public debut of a little box with an electric cord attached, someone in the room jokingly said, "Eeek, it's a mouse." [MORE]

Momentum: BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- To prepare for the next four years, I spent this past Christmas with "The Sopranos." [MORE]

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