STUDENTS & SCHOOL RELUCTANT STARS OF VIRAL VIDEO

“YouTube Brawlers get more than 15 minutes” , Newsday, December 5, 2010  Smile, you’re on YouTube – whether you want to be or not. Just ask those two kids who got into a fight Monday afternoon outside Half Hollow Hills High School East. Ask the student who recorded the brawl with a cell-phone camera and the…

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WIKILEAKS FLOOD EXPOSES UNSTOPPABLE FLOW

“Can’t plug the Wikileaks” ”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, December 3, 2010  Hey, Hillary! Hey, all you flustered generals, ambassadors and government-security chiefs! Protect your own damn secrets. Don’t be expecting the media to keep your secrets for you. That won’t happen anymore, not in the age of WikiLeaks. This week, all of Washington has been…

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IF IT’S THURSDAY, IT MUST BE ‘BLACK FRIDAY’

“There’s time yet to give thanks for Black Friday eve” , Newsday, November 28, 2010 Was it already Black Friday at 10 o’clock Thursday night? At Toys R Us it was this year – and at a growing number of other definition-stretching, holiday-encroaching major retail chains. In the get-a-jump-on-it spirit of save-the-date cards and Catholic Vigil…

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BREAKING NEWS: “SO MANY REASONS TO BE THANKFUL”

“18 things to be grateful for this holiday”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, November 24, 2010  So many reasons to be thankful, just when we need them most: Be thankful you didn’t plan your Thanksgiving island getaway for lovely Yeonpyeong, South Korea. Be thankful Charlie Sheen only visits New York. Be thankful there are still a…

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THE ‘JUNK’ THAT HAS PEOPLE TALKING IN D.C.

“California man takes on airport security” , Newsday, November 21, 2010 A well-turned phrase can still pack a punch. This is actually heartening in an era when words so often seem impotent. But a single outburst captured in a YouTube video can descend on millions of inboxes at once and turn a so-so story into a…

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DON’T LOOK, DON’T TOUCH? DON’T FLY

“It’s skin on scan. New airport security measures test self-conscious fliers” ”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, November 19, 2010  There’s a whole new question at the airport this holiday travel season, and it isn’t “Window or aisle?” It isn’t “Checked bags or carry-on?” The latest choice for fliers in the jittery terror age: Would you like…

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LI HOLDS BRAGGING RIGHTS TO OVERPAID AND UNEMPLOYED

Ellis Henican Sunday:  Newsday, November 14, 2010 Big sigh, please. This week’s two big revelations: Long Island no longer has the busiest commuter railroad in America. But we do still have the most overpaid educators in New York State. Nine of the top ten public-school employees are living large right here. Take a bow! You paid…

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A TALE OF TWO TRAVELING PRESIDENTS

“Bush, Bam go on tours to fix image”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, November 12, 2010  It’s Tour Week for two American presidents: George and Barack have taken their solo acts on the road. What a contrast these two men make. One has a book to sell. The other has an economy to save. Call it…

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POST ELECTION GRIDLOCK ALERT

“The biggest loser? Progress in D.C.”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, November 5, 2010  Barack Obama could hear the voters talking, and he had no trouble making out their words. “They want to change the tone here in Washington, where the two parties are coming together and focusing on the people’s business as opposed to scoring…

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PREDICTING THE 2010 MIDTERMS

“What we know about elections”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, October 29, 2010  So what will happen on Tuesday? Will Republicans sail across America on a wave of Tea Party passion and Obama fatigue? Or will Democrats mount a final weekend counteroffensive, reminding voters that economic frustration is no reason to revive failed policies of the…

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