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Journalists are used to covering violence, tragedy and death.  But sometimes, a crime hits especially close to home and we feel personally affected.The story of Abdi Mohamud -- the 10-year-old East Side boy who was beaten to death in the basement of his Guilford Street home -- has been especially sobering for reporters, editors and photographers in The Buffalo News ne…

The once-scorned Hillary Clinton is, suddenly, the most popular girl in school.Steve Kornacki of Salon offers this analysis of how Secretary of State Hillary Clinton became the clear frontrunner for the 2016 presidential race, with numbers from a new poll backing up his premise.  And here's Politico's take on the same topic.This comes on the h…

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The real costs of war are sometimes lost in calculating discussions of global politics, but the photographs that won this year's Pulitzer prizes make those costs hard to ignore and impossible to forget.   They take us directly to the heart of the matter: human lives. Massoud Hossaini's image of 12-year-old Tarana Akbari in Kabul, Afghanistan -- standing…

Details magazine, that glossy arbiter of style, has decided that the Rust Belt is not only cool, but worthy of exploration by its upscale readers. And, while my travel list actually has Barcelona and Marrakesh considerably higher than, say, Erie,  I do like the idea of downtrodden cities becoming newly chic.The Details story (as excerpted for Yahoo!) begins:…

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In New York City for a few days on business, I knew there was one necessity: I had to see the exhibit of photographs by Cindy Sherman, that mistress of photographic disguise,  at the Museum of Modern Art.  I caught the show this morning, and found it spectacular.  Its images are not always pleasant -- in fact, at times, they are  distressing -- but Sher…

Paul Ford's terrific New York magazine piece on Facebook's purchase of Instagram includes this great line:"In terms of user experience (insider jargon: "UX"), Facebook is like an NYPD police van crashing into an IKEA, forever — a chaotic mess of products designed to burrow into every facet of your life. "So true, and yet we love it.  …