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Dead Blogging ‘Circus’ at RISD Museum

Dead Blogging ‘Circus’ at RISD Museum

Well the Missus and I trundled down to Providence yesterday to catch Circus at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum and, say, it was swell.

For starters, there was the exhibit itself.

The spectacle of the American and European circus takes center stage this summer in Circus—a glimpse into the visual world of this phenomenon during the height of its popularity, 1850 to 1960. Approximately 40…

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Radio Daze: Herald Doesn’t Know Own Program Schedule
What Do You Want the First Line of Your Obituary to Be?

What Do You Want the First Line of Your Obituary to Be?

The hardworking staff found itself reading a variety of obituaries of former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords yesterday, all of which featured similar ledes.

Washington Post:

James M. Jeffords, the maverick Vermont politician who in 2001 gave Democrats a short-lived majority in the U.S. Senate when he left the Republican Party and declared himself an independent, died Aug. 18 at a retirement…

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Boston Herald Goes to Town on Ferguson Coverage

Boston Herald Goes to Town on Ferguson Coverage

The local dailies occupy parallel universes today in their coverage of the ongoing violence/protest in Ferguson, Mo.

Yes, both have editorial cartoons mirroring the unrest in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting.

Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:

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Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert.

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But beyond that, the papers couldn’t be more different in their opinion pieces.

Former homeland security…

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Correction o’ the Day (Bald Eagle Poop Edition)

Correction o’ the Day (Bald Eagle Poop Edition)

Correction on today’s New York Times op-ed page:

An Op-Ed essay on Monday described bald eagles and ospreys incorrectly. They eat fish, and their poop is white; they do not eat berries and excrete purple feces. (Other birds, like American robins, Eurasian starlings and cedar waxwings, do.)

Of course they do doo.


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Headline o’ the Day (Uber All Is Edition)

Headline o’ the Day (Uber All Is Edition)

From Valley Wag (tip o’ the pixel to Politico Playbook):

People Keep Getting Into Strangers’ Cars Because They Think It’s An Uber

Backtrack story:

Just because Uber’s motto is “Everyone’s private driver,” doesn’t mean every car is yours for the hailing. But the popularity of apps like Uber and Lyft have spawned some awkward curbside interactions. “Basically anytime I’m pulled over on the side of

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A Tale of Two Adverts

A Tale of Two Adverts

This is one of those Everything You Need to Know About the Local Dailies moment.

Full-page ad in today’s Boston Globe:

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Full-page ad in today’s Boston Herald:

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Say no more.

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Time Inc. Writers: Be Advertiser Friendly – Or Else!

Time Inc. Writers: Be Advertiser Friendly – Or Else!

The hardtracking staff has noted on numerous occasions Time Inc.’s pimping out its editorial content to advertisers.

Now comes Exhibit Umpteen, via Gawker.

Time Inc. Rates Writers on How “Beneficial” They Are to Advertisers

Time Inc. has fallen on hard times. Would you believe that this once-proud magazine publishing empire is now explicitly rating its editorial employees based on how friendly…

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The Yin and Yang of the Globe and Herald (Hillary’$ World Edition)

The Yin and Yang of the Globe and Herald (Hillary’$ World Edition)

When the Hillary Clinton Rock Star Diva story broke yesterday, the hardreading staff knew it would be mother’s milk to the feisty local tabloid. And today’s Boston Herald did not disappoint.

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Inside, readers were treated to two Whack-a-Hill columns –  one from Kimberly Atkins, the other from the inexplicable Adriana Cohen.

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(Note the rare double Little Green Number that Clinton rates.)


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Ask Dr Ads: Seriously, Is Tom Steyer Crazy?

Ask Dr Ads: Seriously, Is Tom Steyer Crazy?

[Aditor’s note: As you might - or more likely might not - have noticed, Dr. Ads has been (in)conspicuous by his absence over the past several months. We’d rather not get into the details; let’s just say he’s been under the care of an actual doctor. Yo.]

DrAdsforProfileWell the Doc opened up the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out.

Dear Dr. Ads,

There I was, just minding my own business and reading…

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