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In Touch Feeds the Alec Baldwin Media Beast

Shutterstock_AlecBaldwinWhat exactly did Baldwin do this time? Well, according to the In Touch Weekly exclusive, he was handcuffed by some NYPD after biking the wrong way through Manhattan and then, when stopped, not having ID.

At the end of its “still developing” story, In Touch shares two very different eyewitness accounts. For Baldwin’s sake and, in large part, our own, let’s hope the first of the two witnesses quoted is the accurate one.

Page Six has GPS details of both the arrest – East 15th and 6th Avenue – and alleged nearby two-wheel infraction:

“Alec was riding his bicycle the wrong way on Fifth Avenue this morning and, when he was stopped by police, he didn’t have ID, so he was handcuffed and arrested.”

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Star-Ledger Columnist Tries to Make Sense of the Nightmare on Schley Street

One of the many frightening aspects of Mark Di Ionno’s column today about the fatal Christmas night shooting in Newark of a 13-year-old girl taking out the trash and a 15-year-old boy visiting is the fact that an army veteran who lives on the street is now cowering in fear.


Eighty-one-year-old Korean War vet Johnnie Shaw tells Di Ionno that he “stays inside at night,” while 60-year-old Vietnam vet and nearby resident Ernie McRae offers some solemn, generational perspective:

“All this was decent,” McRae said. “Now it’s the ‘Land of Lack.’ There’s no jobs, there’s no opportunity. There’s no parents paying attention. There’s no leadership. These kids have no place to go. But all this violence, it’s crazy.”

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National Review Editor-at-Large Tweeting from Locked Down New Jersey Mall

Kathryn Jean Lopez, the nationally syndicated Conservative columnist and editor-at-large for the National Review, is among those trapped inside the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, New Jersey. Via Twitter, she has shared the following photo of the scene as law enforcement officials try to track down a reported shooter.


Lopez and these pictured shoppers are hunkered in a corner of Nordstrom. She has noted how surreal it is that music is still playing through the department store.

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Boston Marathon Explosion Traffic Downs Boston Globe Website

The two bomb blasts that has so-far killed two and injured at least 28 at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon caused a traffic explosion that downed the Boston Globe‘s paywalled site.

Editors rerouted the URL to a live blog on New England Media Group’s free site,, and asked staffers to send all reports to a singular email account to consolidate coverage.

“We understand this is not the usual practice,” Ron Agrella, the editor of, wrote in a memo obtained by FishbowlNY, “but we have more than 85,000 concurrent readers tuned into our our live blog now and seconds count.”

The New York Times Company-owned paper revamped its internal system more than a year ago when it introduced the Italian CMS, Méthode, allowing editors to cross post reports on blogs on the and to the subscription-based

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Hijacking Threat Made Against American Airlines Flight To JFK

CNN is reporting that passengers aboard an American Airlines heading from San Francisco to New York’s John F. Kennedy airport following a hijacking threat.

The telephoned threat, which claimed that the plane would be hijacked but which did not apparently include any sort of hostage threat, prompted TSA officials to interview and re-screen all passengers aboard flight 24 while law enforcement inspects the aircraft.

No suspicious materials have been found in or on the plane as of yet.

Update: Unemployment Extension Passed

The New York State Department of Labor just announced that Congress has approved legislation to extend eligibility deadlines for extended unemployment benefits to November 28, 2010. Details and instructions for claimants in New York are below:

Congress Passes and President Signs Unemployment Extension (Updated for the week of July 19, 2010)

Legislation was approved by Congress on July 22, 2010 extending eligibility deadlines for benefit extensions to November 28, 2010. Please continue to claim weekly benefits in the usual manner, unless you have received instructions to file a new claim. Claimants whose benefits had stopped because they were not able to begin receiving EUC by the week ending June 6, 2010, or were not able to move to a new Tier of EUC or collect Extended Benefits starting on the week ending June 13, 2010, will receive payment in their account by the middle of next week for back weeks claimed. The new legislation does not extend the additional $25 weekly payment, known as Federal Additional Compensation or FAC, for individuals who file a new claim on or after May 31, 2010. For updates on benefit extensions, continue visiting this website. For an estimate of the number of weeks you may be currently eligible for, see Chart or use the Benefits Calculator.

Since our last post, the average unemployment rate has fallen from 8.5% to 8.3% for April through June, which affects eligibility for EUC funds in Tier 4. More instructions after the jump:

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UPDATE: Tsunami Warning Canceled. Now We Can All Hate Rick Sanchez Instead Of The Weather.

UPDATE: The tsunami warning has been canceled for all of Hawaii.

To celebrate, here’s some footage of CNN anchor Rick Sanchez teaching us, in English, about weather, physics and the metric system. Don’t worry; he’ll talk slow:

For those of you interested in following the events unfolding right now in Hawaii, “Hawaii News Now” is offering live footage of the islands’ shorelines as well as ongoing newsroom and on-the-scene coverage.

Click here to watch.

Breaking: Editor & Publisher Finds A Buyer But Sheds Staff

It looks like 2010 has given a new life to Editor & Publisher, which was shuttered two weeks ago. We noticed that new content was being published on E&P‘s website earlier today, and former editor Greg Mitchell has just confirmed that the publication has been bought, though he is no longer on staff. Some employees will be kept, we are told, though not all. Check back for updates as they develop.

Update: E&P announced on its Website that it has been sold to Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc., an Irvine, Calif.-based magazine and newspaper publisher that owns publications such as Boating World. Charles McKeown will be staying on as publisher of E&P and Mark Fitzgerald will be taking over the editor post from Mitchell. Senior editor Joe Strupp is also out.

On his blog, Mitchell writes, “One week ago in a meeting [the] new owner told me flatly, ‘Extremely impressed with your great work and definitely will retain you.’”

The February issue will be published as planned.

Previously: New Life For E&P?

Union Threatens To Darken Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Over Negotiations With NBC

tree.jpgJust as Thanksgiving has the Macy’s Day Parade, so does Christmas in New York have its annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The event, scheduled for tomorrow, is a time where celebrities gather and NBC grabs ratings with its “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” tree lighting special.

This year, however, the threat looms large that there will be no lights, cameras or action as the network remains stalled in negotiations with the local chapter of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians. The union claims that since its contract with NBC expired in March there has been very little progress in the talks and “management has grown increasingly hostile, ignoring the concerns of the union’s membership.”

Now the NABET-CWA is threatening to strike during the Christmas tree lighting unless network executives set dates for further negotiations. They have also set up a Web site,, where parties can read the union’s case against NBC.

We reached out to NBC for comment, but they have yet to return our emails.

Press release from the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians Union, after the jump.

(Photo via)

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Hey, What Happened To Gmail?


Gmail and Google chat services are both down right now, which means we feel effectively cut off from the world.

But weird things are happening…we are getting emails on our Blackberry and Gmail Notifier is working. What are you experiencing?

Hopefully it will all come back soon. We don’t know how much more we can take.


Update: Looks like gchat is also still functioning on Blackberries. So, there’s that.