Monthly Archives: June 2011

Le président français Nicolas Sarkozy est attaqué par un homme

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is attacked by a man. It happened as he shook hands with the public. As the video shows (scroll toward the bottom of the link to access it), Mr. Sarkozy was caught off guard and would … Continue reading

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France 4, Canada 0

It was the first blowout of the 2011 Women’s World Cup. As AFP reports, A double from Gaetane Thiney and second half goals from Camille Abily and Elodie Thomis put France on the way to their first quarter-final appearance at … Continue reading

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Our man/woman in Pyongyang

A Western news agency with a bureau in Pyongyang? Stop laughing. It’s happening. As Poynter notes, AP says it would be the first permanent text and photo bureau operated by a Western news organization in the North Korean capital.  The … Continue reading

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Elections are coming…

…but will real political reform follow? Kyrgyzstan was ruled for a long time by strongman Kurmanek Bakiev, who was overthrown last year. When Rosa Otunbaeva assumed the presidency, legitimate elections before the end of this year were promised. Today, parliament … Continue reading

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Education in Pennsylvania is a non-priority

An unfair criticism of Gov. Tom Corbett and his budget? Perhaps. But please explain to me how education can face such drastic cuts in this state. Consider this: the state’s education department is losing more than $1 BILLION. Higher education … Continue reading

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Goodbye, WDUQ

The final hours of a Pittsburgh institution are counting down. Come Friday, WDUQ — the NPR-affiliated radio station in Pittsburgh — will be no more. Its mix of news, jazz and NPR will be replaced by a lot of news … Continue reading

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This is what happens when someone believes that altering a photograph is a good idea. This is what happens when people believe that…um, you know, uh, having fun…while parked on a major roadway is a good idea. This is what … Continue reading

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