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Afternoon Lede Check, 4.16.14

A secret government report says the Afghan government is not prepared for US troops to leave; Pres. Obama chides Republicans on immigration; and hundreds of thousands of DC residents need to get new drivers licenses.

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NBCUniversal Launches Original-Video Initiative for Digital(LostRemote)
The news networks are growing more digital by the day, and now NBCUniversal is launching an original video initiative that will appear across the company’s various digital and video-on-demand platforms.Deadline Hollywood NBCUniversal’s various digital platforms include its channel websites, Hulu and VOD. Promos for the digital series will appear during various programs on NBCU TV networks. In some cases, development of the digital series will be in collaboration with advertising partners. WSJ NBCUniversal’s announcement Tuesday comes two weeks after it reached a multiyear deal to give Hulu exclusive rights to stream several TV shows. Big media companies are investing more time and money in developing digital and online content as consumers stream more programming through services such as Netflix, Amazon’s Prime service and Hulu, which is owned by Comcast, 21st Century Fox and Walt Disney Co. Mashable The slew of digital-first shows include Tesla And Twain, a comedic series that imagines what would happen if Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla were suddenly transported to modern-day Los Angeles. Other projects coming include Last Single Girl, about an underemployed young woman whose friends are all marrying off, and Saturday Night Line, which follows the superfans who camp in the standby line outside 30 Rock in hopes of catching the TV show. Also coming to NBC.com is the previously announced Heroes Reborn: Digital Series, a prequel to the TV show that ran from 2006 to 2010. Variety The big TV companies have dabbled in this area before. Before the 2008-09 TV season, NBCUniversal launched two Web-based series, Gemini Division and Woke Up Dead. At about the same time, Walt Disney’s ABC formed Stage 9 Digital Media, which launched an online comedy about window washers called Squeegees.

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What’s Happening
— Gallup shares news data on the state of U.S. healthcare and the Affordable Care Act, 9 a.m.
— American Futures with James and Deborah Fallows Sixth and I Synagogue, 7 p.m.
— Revisiting the Ansel Adams Wilderness at National Geographic, 7:30 p.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact
Montana has three times as many cows as it has people.

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Afternoon Lede Check, 4.15.14

The US backs Ukrainian action against pro-Russian insurgents; the FDA turns up the heat on a meth-like diet supplement; and the Boston bombings are remembered on  their one year anniversary.

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What’s Happening
— Science Coalition Roundtable at the National Press Club, 2 p.m.
— Thomas Piketty’s book release: Capital in the Twenty-First Century at the Urban Institute, noon

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Fishbowl Fun Fact
Joseph Stalin once studied to be a priest.

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2014 Pulitzer Prizes Announced (FishbowlNY)
The Pulitzer Prizes celebrate the best of the best, and Monday we learned the latest recipients of journalism’s highest honor. TVNewserThe Washington Post and the U.S. edition of The Guardian have won the award. They will share the Public Service award for their series of stories on NSA surveillance, as revealed by Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor who gave the top-secret information to the news organizations. The Pulitzer committee said the journalism was “marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.” Politico Snowden immediately declared the decision “a vindication.” The reporting on the former government contractor’s leaks was led by journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewan McAskill at The Guardian, Barton Gellman at the Post, and Laura Poitras, who worked with both newspapers. NYT The Boston Globe won the breaking news prize for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and wounded at least 260. The Post won a second award, for explanatory journalism. Eli Saslow, 31, a staff writer, won for a series of articles on American families that rely on the federal food stamp program.GalleyCat Author Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book The Goldfinch. The novel about an orphan also won Amazon’s Best Books of the Month “Spotlight Pick” in October 2013 and was shortlisted for 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Afternoon Lede Check, 4.14.14

Russia makes provocative moves against a US warship; John Boehner returns from a secret trip to Afghanistan; and using an E-ZPass turns out to be not quite so easy after all.

 

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Texas Monthly Sues Times Co. Over New Hire (NYT)
The publisher of Texas Monthly filed a lawsuit on Friday against The New York Times Company related to the Times’ hiring of the magazine’s departing editor-in-chief, Jake Silverstein. FishbowlNY Emmis Publishing is claiming that the Times influenced Silverstein into breaching his contract. The lawsuit states that Silverstein’s contract expires in February of next year. NY Post The six-page Texas state court action alleges that Times executive editor Jill Abramson started recruiting Silverstein in December 2012 — a full year before then-magazine editor Hugo Lindgren was ousted. Greg Loewen, president of Emmis, said the company has been “damaged by the Times and expects to be compensated.” Capital New York The suit, which seeks damages between $200,000 and $1 million, names only the Times, not Silverstein, as previously reported. Loewen said the company never intended to stand in the way of Silverstein’s pursuit of the Times Magazine editorship. Loewen said that after Silverstein told his employer last month that he was being considered for the job, Emmis notified the Times that they would have to reach a settlement on the termination of his contract with Emmis to account for the costs associated with finding Silverstein’s replacement, as well as the damage of losing a star editor. New York Magazine / Daily Intelligencer In a statement, Emmis said, “No such agreement was reached and, to date, the Times has refused to even participate in settlement discussions despite numerous attempts” by Emmis to do so.

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What’s Happening
— How Volunteering Can Help Your Job Search at 40Plus, 9:30 a.m.
— Luncheon with comedian Lewis Black at the National Press Club, 12:30 p.m.

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Birthdays
— Fresh FM’s Darik Kristofer
— Thomas Jefferson

Fishbowl Fun Fact
Isaac Asimov is the only author who has published books in every Dewey Decimal category.

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Afternoon Lede Check – 4.11.14

The NSA exploited Heartbleed for years. Charges in crash that killed VA mom. And Obama announces Sebelius resignation and successor.

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