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Reuters Journalist Killed in Iraq

Reuters is reporting that a freelance journalist, Sabah al-Bazee, 30, who worked for Reuters was among at least 20 people killed on Tuesday when gunmen attacked a local government building in Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Bazee, who was married with three children, had contributed to Reuters in Iraq since 2004 and also worked as cameraman for several other media organizations. He died from shrapnel woulds in an explosion.

The tragic news came just a day after Reuters reported that the two missing Reuters journalist in Syria had reached safety.

“On behalf of the entire team at Thomson Reuters, I wish to convey our sadness at the untimely death of Sabah al-Bazee,” said Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler. “This tragic incident shows yet again the risks journalists face daily in doing their jobs and to bring news to the world.”

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Larchmont’s Weekly Barbershop Bulletins

Despite the encroachment of frozen yogurt and designer cupcakes, LA’s Larchmont Village has managed to retain an old world charm. Nowhere is that spirit more evident these days than in the front window of the Larchmont Barber Shop, where the post-October 20th surgery status of owner Jerry Cottone (pictured) is being updated on a weekly basis by his family.

The large font, landscape-oriented single page bulletins – dated October 23rd, 26th, 30th, November 7th and 13th – are anachronistic throwbacks to a pre-Twitter, pre-Facebook era, on a street where it was once possible to catch a streetcar to Huntington Beach for a dime. The Halloween weekend missive for example reveals the undeniable male nature of the recovering patient.

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Vote For The Best New York Post Cover Of The Decade

nypost covers.jpgWhat was the most iconic New York Post cover of the 00′s? Was it a photo of a smoking World Trade Tower, a practically naked Ashley Dupre or Martha Stewart in prison stripes?

And who can forget any of those punny headlines that the Post is so famous for, from “Stray-Rod” to Eliot Spitzer‘s “Ho No!” to the recent Tiger Woods scandal headline “I’m A Cheetah,” there are so many witty taglines to choose from.

14.jpgAnd choose you can. The Post has launched a poll that let’s you vote for your favorite out of 50 chosen covers from the past 10 years. Will Bernie Madoff, Saddam Hussein, Paris Hilton or Michael Jackson rule supreme?

We like the simplest covers: a photo of New York City fireman erecting a flag at Ground Zero and former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey‘s cover that proclaims, with double entendre brilliance, “I’m Out,” are our favorites. What are yours?

Vote here: Vote For Your Favorite Front PageNew York Post

YouTube Becomes ‘DeathTube’ For Saddam


Where are those cat videos now, Brian Williams?

We avidly track YouTube’s most-watched videos page, and it seems YouTube turned a yet another corner with Saddam Hussein‘s “hasty” hanging this weekend. The networks — like one TVNewser “insider” surmised — seemed to react to what footage was surfacing on YouTube and elsewhere, and often used its Web proliferation as a starting point, putting YouTube in the crosshairs of an international story. The Daily Reel put it this way:

The execution of Saddam Hussein is one of the most watched videos on the Internet. Not since Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s death by stingray attack has a snuff video been so widely disseminated across the web.

Until now, YouTube’s chief concern has been growing while simultaneously traversing a mine-field of copyright infringement. But taking the temperature of YouTube’s “most-watched” page, Google’s $1.65 billion toy faces a bigger problem than copyright issues: Sex and, moreover, clip-spam:

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