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September
17

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum has launched a new web project called “Make History” to tell the story of the terrorist attacks and their aftermath directly through the voices of those who experienced it.

“Do you have images or stories of the 9/11 attacks or their aftermath?” asks an email from the Joe Daniels, the president of the National 9/11 Memorial. ” Or of vigils and aid efforts you witnessed in your community, or of the long lines in airports in the days that followed?  No matter where you were that day, you have a story to tell, and we are asking you to help Make History by sharing that story as we build our museum collections.”

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Specifically, the museum is seeking:

— Images and videos of the terrorist attacks
— Images of people on that day from around the world
— The way the attacks were witnessed and experienced globally
— Vigils across the United States and the world
— Aid efforts across the United States and around the world
— Documentation of the World Trade Center prior to 9/11
To learn more and submit your story, click here.

PHOTO: First responders work near the shell of what was once part of the facade of one of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center after both towers were destroyed. (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin, File)

Posted by Noreen O'Donnell on Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 1:46 pm
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Other politicians fare poorly too

September
17

Gov. David Paterson isn’t the only one faring poorly in recent polls.
Today,  Marist Poll released a survey showing 69 percent of registered voters in New York State said they did not want disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer to run for statewide office next year.  Included are 62 percent of Democrats, Spitzer’s own party, 77 percent of Republicans, and 72 percent of independents.

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“Controversy-ridden former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer has refuted rumors that he is looking to seek political office again,” according to the Marist Poll web site. “And, perhaps, that’s a good thing.”
Nor is the distain limited to the executive branch. Seventy percent of the state’s registered voters are still angry about the Senate, according to what they told the Marist Poll. The number is unchanged from when Marist last asked the question in June.
The breakdown was 72 percent of Democrats, 71 percent of Republicans, and 67 percent of independent voters.

PHOTO: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation amidst a prostitution scandal last year in his offices in New York City. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

Posted by Noreen O'Donnell on Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 1:33 pm
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Paterson mired at the bottom

September
16

The latest Marist Poll is anything but good news for New York State Gov. David Paterson.

The governor’s approval rating is stuck at about 20 percent. The June survey found the governor at 21 percent.  A month earlier he was at 19 percent.

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“(H)e is even scraping bottom with his fellow Democrats,” according to Marist Poll. “Just 24 percent of Democrats say he is doing well as governor.  Twelve percent of Republicans and 22 percent of non-enrolled voters agree.”

More here.

PHOTO: FILE – In this July 9, 2009 file photo, New York Gov. David Paterson, right, speaks as Richard Ravitch, the person he appointed to the post of lieutenant governor, listens during a press conference at the Capitol.(AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

Posted by Noreen O'Donnell on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 at 1:57 pm
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Students want to kill print newspaper

September
14

Students at the University of Texas at Arlington want to kill the print version of the student newspaper, The Shorthorn.
They are advocating an online version only to save paper.
It’s part of the sea change that the news media is in the midst of. Readers are going online; media companies are still sorting out how to make money on the Internet.
More here.

Posted by Noreen O'Donnell on Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 4:37 pm
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Photo of dying Marine sparks criticism

September
8

Think of the Spanish Civil war and one photo comes to mind: Robert Capa’s “Death of a Loyalist Militiaman,” taken in 1936.
The photograph, known as The Falling Soldier, shows the moment a Republican militiaman was killed. He is collapsing backwards, one arm reaching behind him, his rifle slipping from his grasp.
Think of the Vietnam War and its indelible images.

There’s the photo of a young girl running naked along the road. Her name is Kim Phuc, she was fleeing her village just after South Vietnamese planes had dropped napalm. The AP photographer Nick Ut won a Pulitzer prize for the shot in 1972. (She survived after he took to a hospital.)

There is also the 1968 photo of South Vietnamese police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a Viet Cong officer with a single pistol shot in the head. It was taken in Saigon by Eddie Adams, another Associated Press photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner.

Now, amidst criticism that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been sanitized for the public, there’s controversy over an Associated Press photograph released over the weekend of a dying Marine. Lance Cpl. Joshua M Bernard, a 21-year-old from New Portland, Maine, is being aided by fellow Marines after he was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan.

It was taken by Associated Press photographer Julie Jacobson, who was embedded with the Marines.

Bernard’s family opposed the release of the photograph.

But AP went forward.

“AP journalists document world events every day,” said Santiago Lyon, the director of photography for the AP. “We feel it is our journalistic duty to show the reality of the war there, however unpleasant and brutal that sometimes is.”

More here.
What do you think?

Posted by Noreen O'Donnell on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 at 5:26 pm
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Scarborough on Kennedy’s kindness

September
3

Here’s a column from Joe Scarborough, the host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, in our sister Gannett newspaper, the Pensacola News Journal.

He writes about leaving Congress, where he represented Northwest Florida as a Republican, and soon being shunned by his party and his former colleagues.

All but one.

It’s a story about Ted Kennedy’s kindness and Scarborough’s graciousness.

PHOTO: Bugler Army Sgt. Major Woodrow English plays taps during burial ceremony of Sen. Edward Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday. Kennedy, 77, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, more than a year after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. (AP Photo/Richard A. Lipski, Pool)

Posted by Noreen O'Donnell on Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 2:06 pm
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Kennedy on Chappaquiddick

September
3

Ted Kennedy’s accomplishments were always measured against Chappaquiddick — the night he drove a car off a bridge into a pond, swam to shore, failed to report the accident, and left behind a young campaign worker who drowned.

Now in his memoirs to be published this month, Kennedy wrote that he made terrible decisions the night Mary Jo Kopechne died.

The 532-page book — to be published Sept. 14 by Twelve, a division of the Hachette book group — was obtained early by The New York Times and the New York Daily News.

“In it, Kennedy said his actions on Chappaquiddick Island on July 18, 1969, were “inexcusable,” the Associated Press reported. “He said he was afraid and “made terrible decisions” and had to live with the guilt for more than four decades.”

“He wrote that he had no romantic relationship with Kopechne, and he hardly knew her. He said they were both getting emotional about his brother’s death and decided to leave the party that was hosted by Robert Kennedy’s former staffers.”

Kennedy was then 37. He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident. He received a suspended sentence and probation.

PHOTO: Members of the public signs the book of condolences for Sen. Edward Kennedy at the U.S. embassy in Dublin, Ireland, Friday. Kennedy was remembered as a flawed but passionate friend of Ireland who helped bring peace to the divided north and pride to Roman Catholics in the south. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Posted by Noreen O'Donnell on Thursday, September 3rd, 2009 at 12:52 pm
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Bloomberg’s latest gun blitz

September
2

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to make New York’s gun laws even tougher. Bloomberg, who is running for reelection, made these proposals at a campaign appearance:

Ban Armor Piercing Bullets: The mayor wants New York to enact a tougher state ban on armor-piercing ammunition that make possession a felony. The current state ban contains numerous loopholes and insufficient penalties for possessing this type of ammunition.

Criminalize Possession of a Firearm While Drunk: The mayor expects to work with the City Council to criminalize the possession of a firearm while drunk. People too drunk to drive would be barred from carrying guns. A violation would be a misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Increase Penalties for Transferring Handguns to Children: The illegal transfer of a handgun to a child would be a violent felony with a 3.5 year minimum sentence.

Posted by Noreen O'Donnell on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 4:09 pm
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Lawmakers weigh in

September
1

For tomorrow, I wrote about some ideas for reforms from some lawmakers, among them Assemblyman Mike Spano of Yonkers.

Spano would make some cases of drunk-driving fatalities murder.

In the meantime, there’s this story from Long Island — another parent allegedly driving drunk with a child in the car.

From the Associated Press:

ROOSEVELT, N.Y. (AP) — State police say a Long Island driver had his 4-month-old son in his SUV when he was arrested with a blood-alcohol level that was almost twice the legal limit.
Police say they spotted the suspect driving unsafely on the Southern State Parkway in Roosevelt.
They said a breath sample showed a 0.15 blood alcohol level.
The Elmhurst, Queens, resident was charged with driving while intoxicated and child endangerment.
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Posted by Noreen O'Donnell on Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 6:54 pm
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Another could-be challenger bows out

August
31

Republican Rep. Peter King of Long Island announces he will not challenge U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Earlier Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney also stepped aside.

More below.

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican New York Rep. Peter King has announced he will not challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010.
King said on Monday that he’ll instead seek re-election to his 10th term in Congress.
He says he wanted to run for the U.S. Senate, but that he wouldn’t be able to raise the funds necessary to challenge the Democratic candidate.
He says that Gillibrand “generates neither strong support nor opposition,” making it “virtually impossible” to raise the funds required to overcome the Democrats’ edge in registered voters.
The congressman says that if Caroline Kennedy had been his opposition, it would have been far easier to contrast his “blue collar conservatism with her Manhattan liberalism.”
Rep. Carolyn Maloney also backed out of the race against Gillibrand last week.

Posted by Noreen O'Donnell on Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 4:44 pm
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Noreen O'DonnellNoreen O'Donnell For the last 20 years, Noreen O'Donnell has written about Hillary Clinton's run for the Senate, rebuilding Ground Zero, the Korean immigrants who travel north each day from Queens to work in nail salons, deadly runaway fire trucks and other stories in Westchester and Putnam counties. Now she's a columnist.



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