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My neighbor and I often find ourselves at 6 a.m., picking up our
daily newspapers from where they were thrown on our driveways.
usually in his pj’s and a bathrobe. I’m in sweatpants and a sweatshirt.
It has become an unspoken ritual that we both bend over,
pick up our
newspapers and wave them at the other. It’s been going on now for almost
ten years. It’s a cordial way to start the day.
have always been an important part of my life. I
started reading the New York Times as a young boy in the Bronx. Later,
became my life’s work. I’ve worked at newspapers from one end
of this country to the other, including a few decades in Honolulu,
still love bringing in that daily newspaper, spreading it
over the kitchen table and leisurely sipping on a cup of decaf coffee as
catch up on the happenings of my town, state, country and world.
After spending so many mornings reading my newspaper it
come to the point where I can anticipate much of what the news is going
to be. Seems like day in and day out many of the news
stories are the
same. The world is stuck in a rut!
On this particular morning I read the front page of the newspaper and
noticed the same old familiar themes.
A top U.S. General says that the war in Afghanistan would be
difficult to win. He
calls Afghanistan the “Graveyard of Empires.” A
Senator announces that President Obama’s plan for withdrawal in Iraq is
He agrees with former President Bush that democracy has
taken hold in Iraq.
A series of roadside bombs kills two U.S. soldiers
thirty five Iraqi citizens. A suicide bomber walks into a Baghdad market
place, pushes the button and sets off the explosives
wrapped around his
body, killing forty six Iraqis. The same Senator says that the Iraqis
can soon take over their own defenses. He
claims we have “just about”
won the war.
In New York City, a famous rapper was arrested for pulling a
gun and shooting a
club bouncer and an innocent bystander. The rapper
attempted to escape in his black Cadillac Escalade, but was arrested by
duty policeman. The rapper denied any involvement in the
killings. Seven eye witnesses named the rapper as the shooter. Police
had fears that the witnesses will decline to testify in court,
fearing that the rapper’s associates will harm them.
shooting was reported in the southeast area of
the city. The low income housing area has been the scene of a series of
the past month. A large SUV with darkened windows stopped
at the scene of a neighborhood birthday party and gave some gang hand
Later that evening the SUV returned, firing thirty seven shots
from automatic rifles at the departing party goers. A seventeen year
boy, without any gang affiliations was hit by six shots and killed. Two
fifteen year old girls were wounded and were taken to
a local hospital.
Their conditions are not known. Police have no clues to the shooters.
Gang activity is suspected.
women were raped early yesterday morning near a run-down
section of the city. They identified the attacker as a convicted
Evidently the rapist was accidently released from state prison
last month, where he was serving a twenty year sentence for rape. He
recently employed at a woman’s health clinic in the downtown area.
Police are currently searching for the suspected rapist.
Lohan and Paris Hilton attended a birthday party for
a famous hip-hop artist in a Soho area night club in New York City. The
posed for photographers and appeared unsteady.
Jessica Simpson held a press conference in Los Angeles to
report on her unusual
weight gain. Simpson stated, “I still have a great
Locally, a sixty-nine year old man was found dead in his car
the junction of the two major freeways. The man, who police say, had
been drinking, was found after his pick up truck struck a freeway
overpass structure. The man died immediately. It was estimated that the
truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit the
barrier. A bottle of vodka and six empty beer cans were found in the
California and Kansas were among a
host of states declaring
that they are broke and do not have enough money in their accounts to
pay state workers. Emergency sessions
of state legislatures are
attempting to pass legislation to raise taxes, plan employee layoffs and
cut back on state services.
six foot eleven inch professional basketball player was
arrested this morning by local police on the charge of assaulting his
foot four inch girlfriend.
Mexican gunmen burst into a popular restaurant in southern
Tabasco and murdered three rival gang
members. Seven innocent people
were wounded in the attack. In other news, four headless bodies were
found in an abandoned lot near
downtown Tijuana. The killings were all
believed to be drug related. Mexican police are investigating.
A sports panel suggested
that any major league baseball
player found using illegal steroids should be banned for a full season.
The Major League Baseball union
is claiming that the drug tests are
A U.S. missile strike killed thirty eight Pakistani citizens
Pakistan officials reported that the thirty eight killed
were innocent residents of the area. U.S. officials claim the thirty
were Taliban militants. Pakistani leaders say that such attacks
fuel extremism and anti-American sentiment.
And now, if
you’ll excuse me, I must go read this morning’s
newspaper – especially the comic page and the horoscopes.