March 10, 2006

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Friday, March 10, 2006

AT&T's image problem, historical fiction on trial, and the battle between Olbermann and O'Reilly.

Death By Numbers

According to the Washington Post, Iraq's majority Shiite party has ordered the Health Ministry to stop counting execution-style shootings, and tally only deaths by bombing and other insurgent attacks. If true, it explains why the Post's recent numbers diverge so dramatically with those of Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari. Post ...

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The New Math

The research group, Iraq Body Count, issued findings recently that show the rate of civilian deaths rising each year since the declared end of combat operations. According to the group, in the first year violent deaths occurred at a rate of 20 per day; year two, 31; in 2006 to ...

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Neutral Powers

Currently, all online information - be it a page from EBay or a porn site photo - travels at roughly the same speed. But watchdogs are warning that some data will encounter speed bumps if internet service providers can charge content providers for access to a fast lane. Advocacy groups ...

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Tweaking Telecom

In recent weeks, the intended overhaul of the Telecommunications Act seems to have shriveled into a minor revision, as such issues as network neutrality and video franchising slide on and off the table. Now, committee members are weighing the power of the baby bells (not quite babies anymore) against the ...

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Smooth Operator

For years, even when it was a near monopoly, AT&T managed to do the impossible with a surprising degree of success. It managed to convince us that a huge corporation could be our friend. But despite its pioneering command of public relations, its omnipotence was never far from view. Claude ...

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Passing Notice

The most creative writing being done in journalism today is the haiku-like form of the obituary. So says Marilyn Johnson, practitioner and obit obsessive who's written a survey of the form, The Dead Beat. She makes her case to Bob that in the right hands full lives can be distilled ...

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Courting Fiction

Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, is being sued in a London court for copyright infringement. Plaintiffs Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh claim that aspects of the mega-hit novel were cribbed from their non-fiction book, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. Brooke talks first with Katherine Rushton, ...

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News Scrap (It's On!)

Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC's Countdown, has a weekly segment called "the worst person in the world," and frequently awards that honor to Bill O'Reilly, of Fox's O'Reilly Factor. Recently, O'Reilly cracked. He said anyone who spoke Olbermann's name on his program would hear from Fox security and apparently, at ...

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