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Friday, April 7, 2017

Donald Trump Launched Missiles at Syria and We Should Really Talk About That

Posted By on Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 12:38 PM

I awoke this morning to the not-entirely-unexpected news that President Trump had launched fifty-nine Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase, in retaliation for a chemical-weapons attack allegedly launched by Syrian President Bashar al Assad Tuesday that killed more than one hundred of his own people, including more than two dozen children. Trump had telegraphed his intentions Wednesday, when he said the attack was “reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world.” As military strikes go, it was fairly modest—“targeted,” Trump called it; “symbolic,” a former national security adviser told ABC News. The Syrians were apparently tipped off ahead of...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Election Day, Herman Cain, sexual harassment and the asteroid

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 10:15 AM

At 8:40 this morning, I was Voter No. 39 at Rogers-Herr Middle School and, with the exception of the poll workers, the only soul in the gymnasium. Early voting turnout for this year's Durham general election was double that of the October primary (5,039 to 2,298) but still pitiful considering there are 133,452 registered voters in Durham County. The percentages were similarly low in Wake County, even though the turnout is twice that of 2009—and this is an election with municipal races in 11 towns and cities, plus the District 3 school board runoff. Will Orange County redeem democracy in...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Whose headline is it anyway? Plus Rapiscan, David Price and X-ray scanners

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 10:09 AM

"Light my faucet" "The pun also rises" Headline writing is an art—a lost art, thanks to Search Engine Optimization and the Internet—but those of us still living in the print world know that crafting a compelling "head" (or "hed," in journo shorthand) can be tougher than polishing 1,000 words of prose. At the Indy, the section editors and I generally write the headlines, although occasionally a writer will come up with a pithy, punchy one. "Light my faucet" introduced a story about the environmental dangers of fracking; and how could a story about the pun championships carry a headline other...

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