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Parents of Daily News Photo Chief Killed in Weekend Car Accident

There is more terrible, tragic car accident news to absorb from this weekend.

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Alexander Hitchen, managing editor, pictures at the New York Daily News, is on his way to Spain with his wife to collect the bodies of his parents. The elderly pair were hit by a car on Sunday while crossing a road in the resort town of Altea, where they own a home.

Brian Hitchen, an “ebullient and joyful” former Fleet Street newspaper editor who received a Commander of the British Empire award from Queen Elizabeth in 1990 for his journalism efforts, died in hospital from sustained injuries; wife Nelli was declared dead at the scene. From this afternoon’s item by Daily News reporter Corky Siemaszko:

Daily News editor-in-chief Colin Myler broke the news to the staff on Monday.

“Brian was a warm, generous and incredibly talented journalist and editor,” Myler said. “He was a mentor to so many Fleet Street journalists who adored him. But above all he was devoted to Nelli and his children and grandchildren. It is such a tragic loss.”

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Latest Knicks Loss Has Reporter Reaching for His Eagles Greatest Hits CD

The first thing New York Daily News Knicks beat writer Frank Isola did after the team’s disheartening Sunday night loss to the Pelicans was try and process the numbness in his game report.

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Here’s Isola’s lede:

James Dolan always believed this Knicks team would make history and he was right. These Knicks now hold the franchise record for futility at Madison Square Garden, the newly transformed MSG, that is.

And here’s his third paragraph:

The numbers are downright staggering: nine straight losses overall and a franchise-record seven in a row at the Garden. Who knows, maybe the Knicks will never win again.

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America’s ‘Longest Married Couple’ Blankets Media

John and Ann Betar, the 102-year-old husband and 98-year-old wife who celebrated their 81st wedding anniversary Monday, have been all over the news lately. They have been celebrated by outlets that both pre-date (New York Daily News, Daily Mail) and post-date (Gawker, TODAY) the days when he courted her at the wheel of a Ford Roadster.

The most shameless, bad-pun headline that occurred to this writer would have begun: “For Betar or Worse: Connecticut Couple…” Thankfully, the closest anyone came to that was: “Who Said It Wouldn’t Last?….”

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Robin Leach Celebrates 50 Years in Journalism

VegasDeluxeLogoThe great American adventure started for Leach on November 23, 1963. That’s when the British-born journalist and future, celebrated bon vivant arrived in Manhattan and found himself, like so many others before and since, a very long way from anything rich or famous:

I sailed into Manhattan Harbor onboard the Queen Mary and landed with no job and contacts and just $135 in my pocket. My first lodging was in a rundown hotel for $27 a week with the bathroom down the end of a corridor of beds.

It took me two days to get a job and, after selling shoes at a New York City department store, landed back in journalism at the Daily News of New York.

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Convicted Baldwin Stalker Gives Daily News Another Jailhouse Interview

ShutterstockAlecBaldwinHilariaThomasIf you thought the end of the Alec Baldwin-Genevieve Sabourin trial would bring her moment in the media spotlight to a simultaneous close, there are now two Daily News articles to prove you wrong.

In the first item, published last Friday, Sabourin – who has begun serving seven months at Rikers Island – claimed she has been sleeping on an excrement-covered floor and had suffered a heart attack while in prison. Both charges were denied by prison officials.

Today, the News has more Sabourin news, courtesy of a ten-minute Saturday sit-down at Rikers:

The busty actress, first arrested in April 2012, accused the media of ignoring her side of the story in the case.
“Where have you been for the last two years?” she asked a News reporter. “Where were you journalists two years ago? Nobody asked to interview me then.”

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Daily News Drags Ireland Baldwin Through Some Very Old Mud

DailyNewsFront_11_18Who, we wonder, is ultimately responsible for the first sentence of the article credited to Ryan Sit and Daniel Beekman? Did the reporters craft the lede, or was it – as it sort of feels like when reading – added in by their editors to support an equally offensive front page today:

This “little pig” has a roast beef with folks ridiculing her dad.

The paper is rightly taking heat for framing Alec Balwin‘s supportive daughter Ireland with this sordid, circa TMZ-2007 reference. Shame on them, say commenters to a Huffington Post article by associate media editor Catherine Taibi:

wandylou: While I think Baldwin needs to rein in his anger… Why would the NYDN sink so low to put his daughter with those words on the cover? If that were my daughter, you bet your life I’d be pissed. Exploiting the kids to spite Baldwin… Not cool.

Cameron Yarborough: “Little Pig”? Staff at the Daily News are sicker than Alec Baldwin.

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Cop Leverages Facebook to Talk Down Suicidal College Student

New York Daily News reporter Thomas Tracy has shared a  gut-wrenching item . One that happily ends in a very different way than many of those horrifying accounts of Facebook bullying.

PortAuthorityLogoAfter an unidentified 18-year-old New Jersey college student posted a picture on Facebook of the George Washington Bridge and the status “I’m thinking of jumping,” the scary info was relayed by a Facebook friend to authorities. Here’s what miraculously happened next after Paterson, NJ law enforcement officials passed on the information to the Port Authority Police Department:

Lieutenant Thomas Michaels distributed a photo of the college student to his officers and also left a message on the teen’s Facebook page encouraging him to call him. Within a few hours, the teen reached out, Michaels said.

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Media Covering Illinois ‘Penis Church’ Keep It Clean

PenisChurchBecause in this case, there’s no need to be clever, pun-tastic or salacious. The straight Dixon, IL facts are enough to hang some very bizarre headlines and first paragraphs on:

Pastor Denies New Church Intended to Look Like Giant Penis from Space
[AmericaBlog]

No Plans to Change Shape of Illinois Church That Looks Like Penis from the Sky, Officials Say
[New York Daily News]

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Rush & Molloy & Many Delightful Memories

ScandalCoverThere’s a new book out today from George Rush and Joanna Molloy. Scandal: A Manual is written mostly from Rush’s point of view and offers 256 pages of breezy anecdotes from the pair’s separate and combined days in the trenches of NYC celebrity gossip.

One of the main takeaways is how much more fun this beat was before the Internet took a firm 24/7 hold. It was never quite a noble profession, but pre-Gawker, TMZ and the rest, the pair only had to compete with the New York Post, most of the time in playful ways:

We tried not to yank people out of the closet. But we did sometimes give clues.We once ran a photo of ‘N Sync’s Lance Bass with Jamie Lynn-Sigler and Shannon Elizabeth as they picked out free stuff at a hospitality suite. Bass’ then-secret partner, Reichen Lehmkuhl, was with them.

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Banksy Posts; New Yorkers Show Up [Update]

Do you consider yourself a New Yorker in the know? Do you follow what appears to be a brand new, official Banksy Twitter account? If the answers to these questions are respectively yes and no, you may want to remedy the latter.

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The famed, stealth British-born graffiti artist has set up artistic residency in Manhattan and triggered a Twitter account pointing to the website banksyny.com. The site is chronicling his various NYC street efforts and causing lots of excitement each time around. From a New York Daily News report:

To Pace student Mathias Watson, 21, it was an exciting opportunity to see an authentic Banksy in-person. “I just love the chase,” he said, adding that he found the location after Banksy tweeted it. The Chelsea piece has already accrued new tags, from a black stencil of embattled Chinese artist and activist Ai Wei Wei to other graffiti artist tags.

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