Monthly Archives: October 2009

A note to readers

I’ve hired a new copy editor. Her name is Kathy Lanson (no relation … unless you count the 38 years we’ve been married.)  Her rates are really reasonable (I cook a cheese omelet and wash the kitchen floor every weekend). … Continue reading

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Madoff: SEC flunked Investigations 101

Don’t just ask a crook if he’s stolen something. Check to see what’s missing. That obvious bit of advice comes across clearly in the transcript of a jailhouse interview with notorious Ponzi-scheme swindler Bernard Madoff, according to a fascinating account in … Continue reading

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An American hero says it is time to leave Afghanistan

Matthew Hoh is not yet a household name. He should be. Hoh is an American patriot. He is a former Marine captain who, NPR reports, was cited for uncommon bravery during a tour in Iraq. He led reconstruction efforts in … Continue reading

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She'll settle for nothing short of plain English

Chrissie Maher didn’t learn to read until she was 15.  When she finally did,  she realized her problem wasn’t only a  lack of education: Many of the words around her were cast in indecipherable jargon. So 30 years ago, Maher told WBUR’s … Continue reading

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Why are Americans so apathetic about global warming?

From Australia to Addis Ababa, demonstrators delivered the same message. At some 4,300 locations across the globe, people passionate about climate change flashed  or formed the number 350, a reference  to the upper limit in parts per million of heat-trapping … Continue reading

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Who will cover the news?

Brendan McCarthy grew up a blue collar kid in a house where he’d read the leftovers of The Providence Journal until his dad passed on the “good sections” — sports and news. Today he’s a street reporter on a big city paper, … Continue reading

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So you think it's safe to fly?

National Public Radio is airing a startling series on where the fleets of U.S. airlines are being serviced.  The answer isn’t Omaha, Des Moines or Fargo.  No, 20 percent of the time it is in developing countries, places such as … Continue reading

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