November 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Four score and 70 years ago, a Pennsylvania newspaper chided Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address as "silly remarks. " This week, in time for the speech's 150th anniversary, Harrisburg's Patriot-News apologized for "a judgment so flawed, so tainted by hubris, so lacking in the perspective history would bring, that it cannot remain unaddressed in our archives. " With that, the newspaper's editorial board issued an unusual media mea culpa that has captured national attention despite its tongue-in-cheek approach.
November 8, 2013 |
The joke, at long last, is on the Onion. The nation's preeminent fake news source, not invulnerable to the economic insecurity that has brought cutbacks and layoffs to newspapers nationwide, announced Friday it would end its print edition by the end of the year. At its peak, the print publication of the news-satire organization was distributed free in 17 cities nationwide. But years of hard times led the publication gradually to cut back on its distribution, with the Los Angeles edition ending in 2009.
October 7, 2013 |
Benjamin Franklin's face-lift is to debut Tuesday. Redesigned $100 bills are set to begin circulating this week after a printing delay pushed back the date by more than two years. The note bearing Franklin's likeness has new security features intended to make the bill more difficult to counterfeit. QUIZ: Test your knowledge about the debt limit Among the most obvious changes is a three-dimensional security ribbon that runs through the currency with imprints of small bells and the figure "100.
October 6, 2013
You're getting down to booking your airline ticket. Because you checked ahead of time - you did, didn't you? - you know how much you will have to pay if you make a change to your nonrefundable ticket. Then you see a glimmer of hope. The airline or the online travel agency is offering you a chance to buy insurance. Maybe that's a hedge against having to pay a change fee that could cost you $200. Is this the answer to your prayers? Depends on what you're praying for. Let's say your petition sounds like this: "Please, (name higher power here)
October 2, 2013 |
DIYers, bibliophiles, buyers or makers of handmade crafts - actually, anyone who appreciates the tangible results of the printing process - can rejoice at the annual Printers Fair, Oct. 5 at the International Printing Museum in Carson. “Printing, graphics and paper are all around us but we never think about it,” said Mark Barbour, curator and founding director of the museum. At the fair, he said, “those worlds come alive. Visitors can really get hands-on in the process and it's magic.
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October 2, 2013 |
In 1980, Tom Clancy was making a decent living as an insurance agent. But underwriting fire, casualty and car policies wasn't the stuff of his dreams. In his spare time he began to plot a novel - about an ex-Marine who worked for the CIA and a Soviet submarine commander who wanted to defect. What happened next was the beginning of an American success story that far exceeded his expectations. "I just wanted to be in the Library of Congress catalog," Clancy once said. But his debut novel, "The Hunt for Red October," launched one of the most lucrative publishing franchises in history and turned its author into a household name.