Monday, October 29, 2012

Looking downtown from NY Times building at Hurricane Sandy sky

Hurricane Sandy looking downtown from the NY Times building in Manhattan, Monday evening, 10/29/12, photo NY Times, via John Branch, NY Times twitter column.
Added: EarthCam of Times Square.
Also: videos of the night including one where facade of building falls off, (scroll down). Slate, "You Tube is telling us what twitter can't" 

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Great New England Hurricane of 1938, Milton, Mass. reported sustained wind of 121 mph

"This strong Cat.-3 Hurricane struck several coastal areas of New England in September of 1938 with little warning, killing 256 people and moving at a forward speed over 50 MPH. The Blue Hill Observatory at Milton, Massachusetts reported a sustained wind of 121 MPH with a gust of 183 MPH. Hartford Connecticut had a low pressure reading of 28.04 inches. Just over 2000 people were injured. Damage was around $250-million dollars. (1938-dollars.)"


"Cops with clubs in their hands... Were they going to beat the storm into submission?"

via Tom Nelson, 10/29/12, "See it for yourself: Two-minute video shows how great the weather was in 1938, before you ruined it by driving your kids to soccer practice"

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Friday, October 26, 2012

NY Times loses a fifth of its value in one day, what does this mean for the rest? Edmonds

10/26/12, "What dismal earnings at The New York Times mean for the newspaper industry," Poynter, Rick Edmonds

"Just when investor confidence in the newspaper industry was picking up, the New York Times Co. stopped the turnaround with a surprisingly dismal earnings report Thursday.

New York Times shares lost more than a fifth of their value in a single day and did not rally Friday morning. The markdown spilled over to Gannett and other newspaper stocks as well.

Furthering the gloom, Times’ executives said in a conference call that they expect similarly bad ad trends in the fourth quarter.

So the morning after question is whether the Times’ reversals portend trouble for the industry at large. One could argue (see below) that the Times’ operations and advertising base are so different from most other papers that it should be viewed as an outlier.

But for the last several years, it has been an industry leader, pioneering a successful digital and print subscription model, while wheeling out impressive digital editions on all platforms and expanding internationally.

If the top dog stumbles after a new round of advertising setbacks, the rest of the pack seems even more vulnerable."...

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Wisconsin man beaten by thugs for asking them to return the Romney-Ryan yard sign they stole from his yard, new tone of Chicago ‘civlility’ in action

Update, 10/25/12, "Lake County veteran's Mitt Romney signs, flags torched in yard," clickorlando.com

10/22/12, Son of State Senator Neal Kedzie Attacked,” WMTV, nbc15.com, Madison, Wisc.

State Senator Neal Kedzie says his son was attacked while trying to stop someone from stealing his Romney/Ryan yard sign.  Whitewater Police tell NBC15 News this is an active investigation.

Here is the statement released by Senator Neal Kedzie:

Early on Friday morning, October 19th, my son Sean was awakened by noises outside his residence in Whitewater. As he went to see what the commotion was about, he noticed an individual removing a Romney/Ryan yard sign from his property. He yelled to the person that they were taking something not theirs and to return it immediately.

The individual returned the sign, however, a second person confronted and attacked Sean without warning.

Sean was wrestled to the ground by both persons, held down by a constricting chokehold, and struck repeatedly about the face and head.

He nearly passed out from the chokehold and suffered contusions to his face and eyes.

Fortunately, an alert neighbor heard the commotion, scared the individuals away, and called the police.

My wife and I were awakened by a telephone call from Sean’s roommate that Sean had been taken by ambulance to Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital.

Sean was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital the same day.

As this was a private family matter, we chose not to remark publicly about it and allow law enforcement to do their job. But we understand these types of incidents will eventually become public and questions will arise, particularly in my position as a state legislator.

Sean is still recovering from the injuries he sustained as a result of this beating, and we are confident he will make a full recovery.

But obviously, as parents, we are shaken by this event and very troubled it was apparently initiated and motivated for political reasons.” via Free Republic

Ed. note: State Senator Kedzie is a Republican.

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Planes fly over SF Giants stadium, NLCS game 6 v Cardinals

Planes fly over SF Giants stadium, NLCS game 6 v Cardinals, 10/21/12, ap

Giants fan sign, 'Who loves torture more than us? Nobody!' NLCS game 6, 2nd inning v Cardinals, 10/21/12, ap

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Yankees scored lowest post season team batting avg. in MLB history

10/20/12,  "It was swept away while posting the lowest postseason team batting average (.188) in major league history."

"Despite evidence, Yankees in denial," Johnette Howard, ESPN NY

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

'Verlander saw A-rod in the tunnel after game 3 and asked him, 'What the H--- is going on?''

10/17/12, "But if Rodriguez is not one to easily feel sorry for, whatever in-house resentment there is for him and his contract is misplaced and grossly unfair. He didn’t force the Yankees to re-sign him."..."Open Season on A-Rod," Harvey Araton, NY Times

Tweet from NY Times David Waldstein, 10/17:

"Verlander saw A-rod in the tunnel after game 3 and asked him, "What the H--- is going on?" Rodriguez apparently didn't have an answer." 

10/17/12, NY Times Bats blog, "Postponed: Game 4 of the A.L.C.S., Yankees vs. Tigers," Justin Sablich

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

'If it looks like Obama's getting beaten again, they're going back to the 4th inning of the Yankees-Tigers game,' MSNBC host

10/16/12, "Chris Matthews: If Obama's 'Getting Beaten Again' in Debate, People Will Switch to Yankees Game," NewsBusters, Noel Sheppard

"MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Tuesday made a rather startling prediction about viewers of the upcoming presidential debate.

"If it looks like [Obama's] getting beaten again, they’re going back to the fourth inning" of the Yankees-Tigers American League Championship game (video follows with transcript and commentary)....

CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: I say it’s the first two minutes. People are watching the Yankees game from eight to nine. They’re going to tune this in at nine. They’re going to be a little late, but they’re going to be looking to see the tone of it. If it looks like the guy’s getting beaten again, they’re going back to the fourth inning.


MATTHEWS: Anyway, thank you John Heilemann, thank you Joan Walsh, and David Corn. The guys agree: it’s baseball first if this guy blows it.""...

Chris Matthews photo from NewsBusters, via Free Republic

(Ed. note: The white background and bars defacing most of this post are yet another cry for help from my long-time illegal hacker who apparently doesn't mind the prospect of going to jail.)

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'GRAT LINUP BY GIRIDI, LOTZ OF SPED ONS THA BGZ,' commenter on Yankee lineup for ALCS game 3

10/16/12, "A-Rod, Swisher benched for ALCS Game 3," Newsday, Erik Boland

"YankeeFailure 3 minutes ago

Hahahgaha!!! Are you kidding me? Francessa is killing joe retardi on wfan right now. Verlander no hitter!!!!"


"websitefree 7 minutes ago

Alex Rodriguez should be the SS.  Horrible move by Girardi in a must-win game.  They could still win the game, but it's not their best lineup."


"jadar671 9 minutes ago

there seems to be a problem with A-rod and Girardi whatever it is will come out, it's not just his average lately..A-rod should be a short, atleast he's been on the field playing Nunez is cold and not experienced to be in tonite...Big mistake"


"RlVERAVENUE 11 minutes ago



"a440 18 minutes ago

It was a whole lot easier hitting home runs against the "whosoever" pitchers during the regular season that just getting a hit against the post season pitchers they face now.
Girardi should tell them all "if I see you taking home run swings...and you don't connect... then you'll sit out the next day". Then maybe the "big boys" will take a contact batting lesson from the likes of Suzuki, Ibanez, or the others who aren't always looking for the glory hit."


"orheadnurse1 20 minutes ago

SCENE: The manager of a desperate baseball team asks his slumping former all star shortstop to return to the position when the team's captain and regular shortstop is injured and cannot play. The slumping overpaid and unpopular superstar refuses the request, throws a hissy fit and is benched.


"THEBRONXKID 27 minutes ago



"bikenunu 41 minutes ago

Now A-Fraud will have time to try and get girls phone #s from the stands again

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Derek Jeter breaks ankle, out for rest of post season

Suzyn Waldman reports on Yankee radio post game, ALCS game 1. Jayson Nix replaced Jeter at shortstop in the top of the 12th.

Jeter is helped off the field by Girardi and trainer, ALCS game 1, top of 12th, 10/13/12, ap 

 Jeter doing warmups before ALCS game 1, 10/13/12, ap

West Point cadets unfurl the colors before ALCS game 1, 10/13/12, ap

During National Anthem before ALCS game 1, 10/13/12, ap

Nick Swisher autographs bat for West Point Cadet Soos before ALCS game 1, 10/13/12, ap

Andy Pettitte in the 2nd, ALCS game 1, 10/13/12, ap

Russell Martin catches pop up in the 4th, ALCS game 1, 10/13/12, ap

Meeting on the mound with Andy and infielders, 6th inning, ALCS game 1, 10/13/12, ap

Jeter and Andy in the 7th, ALCS game 1, 10/13/12, ap

 Andy Pettitte looks to the catcher, ALCS game 1, 10/13/12, getty

Jeter as he sustains injury going after Jhonny Peralta hit ball, ALCS game 1, 10/13/12, Reuters 

 Jeter is helped up after breaking his ankle, 10/13/12, baseballnewssource

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

CC Sabathia wins ALDS game 5, Yankees v Orioles

ALDS game 5, Sabathia surrounded by photographers after win, 10/12/12, final 3-1 Yankees, star ledger, murray

ALDS game 5, Teixeira and JJ Hardy look to umpire for reaction on Teixeria stolen base, 5th inning, 10/12/12, final 3-1 Yankees,  star ledger, murray

ALDS game 5, Granderson greeted in dugout after 7th inning home run, 10/12/12, final 3-1 Yankees, star ledger, perlman

ALDS game 5, CC Sabathia in the first, 10/12/12, final 3-1 Yankees, getty

ALDS game 5, Orioles dugout late in game, 10/12/12, final 3-1 Yankees, getty

ALDS game 5, Orioles v Yankees, Stadium as night falls, 10/12/12, final 3-1 Yankees, getty

ALDS game 5, Yankees run on field after win, final 3-1, 10/12/12, getty

ALDS game 5, Yankees run on field after win, 10/12/12, final 3-1, getty

Newsday back page, Sat. 10/12/12, after Yankees ALDS game 5 win, final 3-1 Yankees

Newsday front page, Sat. 10/13/12, CC Sabathia after ALDS  game 5 win, final 3-1 Yankees

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

WFAN to simulcast on 101.9 FM beginning late fall 2012

10/9/12, "WFAN to simulcast on FM dial," NY Post, Terranova

"WFAN will be joining its sports-talk competition on your FM dial. CBS Radio announced yesterday that WFAN will be simulcast on 101.9 FM in the late fall. The move comes four months after ESPN Radio went from the notoriously static-filled 1050 AM to 98.7 FM. In that time ESPN Radio’s ratings, which have consistently lagged well behind WFAN, have doubled.

Even though WFAN is well-established and has a clear signal, the chance to reel in more listeners may have been difficult to resist. It also could improve its position when it comes to retaining the Mets’ radio rights this offseason.

CBS Radio owns WFAN and WCBS, which have the Mets and Yankees games, respectively. Both were set to expire after this season, but the Yankees re-upped with WCBS at the end of August, keeping John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman in the booth.

CBS purchased the rights to the signal from Merlin Media for $75 million.

The 24-hour sports station will continue to air on both AM and FM signals until a plan is developed for 660.

“This is an extremely exciting opportunity to expand our radio presence in the nation’s largest market,” CBS Radio President Dan Mason said in a statement. “Sports is a very popular format and a huge growth category for our business. As a result of this new asset, we look forward to The FAN building on its position as the leading sports radio franchise in the country.”

According to Mason, 101.9 cannot reach 25 states at night, like WFAN-AM can, but that it has a strong signal that emanates from the Empire State Building.

“Anyone would tell you that these two are outstanding signals,” Mason said.
WFAN will continue to be heard on 660 AM “for the foreseeable future,” CBS spokeswoman Karen Mateo said, adding, “For decades, listeners have tuned to WFAN on 660 AM, and we anticipate many of them will continue to do so even after this move.”

WFAN began broadcasting on July 1, 1987 at 1050, replacing country music station WHN. In October 1988, the station moved to 660, a spot previously held by WNBC."

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A night out for Raul Ibanez, ALDS game 3

Yankees celebrate after winning ALDS game 3, 10/10/12, Final, 3-2 Yankees over Baltimore, nydn, antonelli

 Arod waits on dugout steps to greet Ibanez in the 9th, NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani seen in lower right, ALDS 3, 10/10/12, nydn, simmons

  Arod waits on dugout steps to congratulate Raul Ibanez after his 9th inning, game tying home run, ALDS game 3, 10/10/12, Final, 3-2 Yankees over Baltimore, nydn, simmons.

Above, Raul Ibanez 9th inning home run in ALDS game 3, 10/10/12, nydn, simmons. Later he hit another in the 12th. Final, 3-2 Yankees over Baltimore.

Raul Ibanez hits 9th inning home run, ALDS 3 v Orioles, final, 3-2 Yankees, 10/10/12, Ferrara, Newsday

ALDS game 3 warmups, 10/10/12, nydn, sipkin

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Opening ceremonies ALDS game 3 at Yankee Stadium

Top, "West Point Cadets hold a giant American flag in center field as the National Anthem is played as the Baltimore Orioles visit the New York Yankees for game 3 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium," 10/10/12, Star Ledger, Munson. Bottom, West Point cadets unfurl flag before ALDS game 3 at Yankee stadium, 10/10/12, ap

Robinson Cano chats with West Point cadets and leaders before ALDS game 3 at the Stadium, 10/10/12, ap

Jeter warmups before ALDS game 3, 10/12/12, ap

Above, Raul Ibanez 9th inning home run in ALDS game 3, 10/10/12, nydn, simmons. Later he hit another in the 12th. Final, 3-2 Yankees over Baltimore.

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Monday, October 08, 2012

ALDS game 1, Sabathia, Russell Martin, Jeter, Ichiro

Girardi relieves Sabathia in bottom of 9th in Baltimore, ALDS 1, Oct. 7, 2012, final 7-2 Yankees, star ledger, perlman

Sabathia greeted in Yankee dugout in the bottom of the 9th, ALDS game 1 in Baltimore, 10/7/12, final 7-2 Yankees, star ledger, perlman

Russell Martin greeted in Yankee dugout, ALDS 1 v Orioles, 10/7/12, final 7-2 Yankees, star ledger, perlman

Ichiro and Jeter in the 9th after both scored, ALDS game 1 in Baltimore, 10/7/12, star ledger, munson 

Ichiro and Jeter return to dugout after scoring the in the 9th v Orioles, ALDS 1, Oct. 7, 2012, final 7-2 Yankees, star-ledger, perlman

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Fans watch Russell Martin 9th inning home run in Baltimore, ALDS game 1

"Baltimore Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth can only watch as the New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin smacks a 9th inning homer to break the tie at the New York Yankees vs the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of the ALDS at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Baltimore, MD 10/7/12," William Perlman, The Star-Ledger. Final 7-2 Yankees.
John Sterling gave his usual Russell Martin home run call but with added enthusiasm befitting a 9th inning tie-breaker in the post season: "Russell shows muscle! Monsieur Martin est la!" More on the meaning of this call, scroll down.

Montage of Russell Martin's 9th inning ALDS moments, 10/7/12, ny daily news

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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Tarp on the field in Baltimore

Tarp on the field during rain delay in Baltimore, ALDS game 1, Yankees v Orioles, 10/7/12, ap

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Giants 1B dives into stands in first inning of NLDS game 1

"San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt makes a diving catch into the stands on a ball hit by Cincinnati Reds' Zack Cozart in the first inning of Game 1 of the National League division baseball series in San Francisco," final 5-2, Reds, 10/6/12, ap

Fans cheer in first inning of NLDS game 1 in San Francisco, 10/6/12, final 5-2 Reds, ap

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Jets flyover start of NLDS game 1, Reds at Giants

"Military planes fly over the stadium before Game 1 of the National League division baseball series between the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds in San Francisco," final, 5-2, Reds. 10/6/12, ap

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Jeter in Camden Yards for ALDS warmups

Derek Jeter during ALDS warm-ups in Camden Yards, Oct. 6, 2012, Munson, Star-Ledger

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