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Media Nation on hiatus

I’m writing this from the newsroom of “Beat the Press,” and will be running around for the rest of the day. Tomorrow I leave for a five-day backpacking trip. So don’t look for any new posts until late next week.

I’ve turned on comment moderation, but I won’t be here to moderate. In other words, you won’t be able to post a new comment until I get back. So get outside, folks.

No blogging today

I’m heading for New York City with Miss Media Nation to take in the Titanic exhibit. Then off to Chef Yu.

Drink beer for glory of Dear Leader!

For your amusement, GlobalPost offers a North Korean beer commercial, clocking in at two and a half minutes. I didn’t even know they had televisions in North Korea.

On the road again

I just arrived in Batavia, N.Y., where I’ll be for the next few days. I’m doing some reporting for my book project on the Batavian, an online-only newspaper published by Howard Owens, the former director of digital publishing for GateHouse Media.

Owens and I are meeting tomorrow morning at the Pok-A-Dot. I’m also meeting with Tom Turnbull, publisher of Batavia’s Daily News, as well as a few community folks before heading back on Wednesday.

Internet access at the Holiday Inn where I’m staying seems pretty slow, so I’m not sure how that’s going to work out. In any case, expect blogging to be light.

Media Nation hits the road

I’m leaving later today for a four-day reporting trip to New Haven, New York and northern New Jersey. Blogging will be light, though I intend to follow the Boston Globe union vote on Monday as closely as I’m able.

Two days, two acts of terrorism

The suspect in the shooting of two soldiers in Little Rock, Ark., one fatally, has been identified. And as with the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the slaying of Pvt. William Long appears to be an act of domestic terrorism. From the New York Times:

The gunman, identified by the police as Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad of Little Rock, fled the scene and was arrested minutes later a short distance from the recruiting station, in a bustling suburban shopping center….

In a lengthy interview with the police, Mr. Muhammad said he was angry about the killing of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan, Chief [Stuart] Thomas [of the Little Rock Police Department] said. Previously known as Carlos Bledsoe, Mr. Muhammad told investigators that he had converted to Islam as a teenager, Chief Thomas said.

The injured soldier, Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, is said to be in stable condition.

It is absolutely horrifying that two people have died at the hands of gunmen who have been charged with taking their political beliefs to a deadly extreme.

Media Nation on the air

I’ll be on “NightSide with Dan Rea,” on WBZ Radio (AM 1030), from 10 to 11 p.m. tonight. I suspect the troubles at the Boston Globe will come up.

Media Nation on the air

If you happen to be up early tomorrow, I’ll be on “The Boston Sunday Review” on WBCN Radio (104.1 FM) from 8 to 9 a.m.

Great news from Somalia

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If you haven’t heard, Capt. Richard Phillips has been rescued, and three of the pirates have been killed by U.S. Navy sharpshooters.

So how come I’m still overweight?

From today’s New York Times:

… nearly every adult has little blobs of brown fat that can burn huge numbers of calories when activated by the cold, as when sitting in a chilly room that is between 61 and 66 degrees.

By that measure, I should be down to about 137 pounds.

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