FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE – THE SPY TRADE

 “They’re not the spies of old”  Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, July 9, 2010  OK, here’s the deal I would have struck: We send the Russians their 10 spies back. They send us imprisoned scientist Igor Sutyagin—plus nine Russian gymnasts. You can’t say we don’t need the help at the 2012 Summer Games! After their guilty…

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ARIZONA IMMIGRATION ISSUES NOT AS HOT ON LONG ISLAND

 “Arizona’s immigration fight seems far away from LI”,  Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, July 4, 2010  Ready for another hot-blooded round of immigration debate? Ready or not, here it comes. Barack Obama’s big speech was Thursday. And any moment now, the Justice Department will be filing suit against the state of Arizona, contending that the toughest-in-America immigration…

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ELLIS BOOK NEWS: I LOVED WRITING “HOME TEAM”

I loved writing “Home Team.” Heading back to my battered and beloved home town to tell the inside story of this remarkable triumph — what could be a better adventure than that? Sean Payton is a fascinating guy and a brilliant football coach.  He and the Saints gave an extraordinary gift to New Orleans — just when…

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LONG BEACH DROWNING IN INDECISION

“If swimmers take risks, whose fault is it”,  Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, June 27, 2010 It’s the old nanny-state question, dragged onto the beach this time. How far should government go in protecting us from ourselves? The official in the hot seat this time is Charles Theofan of Long Beach, a city manager with a thorny…

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LIKE IMMIGRANTS, WE ALL CAME FROM SOMEPLACE ELSE

 “An immigrant nation in denial”  Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, June 25, 2010  It’s one big country — with two competing minds. All across America, people are struggling to get their heads around the idea of immigrants, legal or otherwise. This is strange because almost all of our ancestors came from someplace else. But while New…

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LONG ISLAND’S MISSING PERSONS: CHILDREN

“Never underestimate the value of kids,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, June 19, 2010 On your mark, get set – breed! In the past decade, Nassau and Suffolk counties have experienced a sharp, 10 percent decline in the population of children 9 and younger. These are big numbers when you add them up: 40,500 fewer children than…

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SEAN PAYTON – INSPIRED TO HELP GULF OIL SPILL VICTIMS

 “As oil gushes, Saints coach clings to hope”  Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, June 18, 2010 NEW ORLEANS — It’s always something around here. Sean Payton, the high octane Saints coach, was standing by the bar in Emeril’s restaurant, holding an early copy of “Home Team.” The book, which comes out in 10 days, tells a…

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ELLIS BOOK NEWS: PARTY IN NEW ORLEANS

June 16, 2010:  Sean Payton and Ellis Henican debuted “Home Team” at the world famous Emeril’s in New Orleans.   Ellis Henican: “This was the inspirational story about a city that was in terrible condition and an underachieving football team and how they inspired each other to ultimate greatness.”      New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and writer Ellis Henican celebrate the release…

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BIENVENIDO A LONG ISLAND: DISPARITY OR DIVERSITY

“Cultural disparity or diversity? It’s up to new, old LIers,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, June 13, 2010 When he drew up the legal documents for America’s first modern suburban community, Levittown, homeowners were prohibited from reselling to anyone who wasn’t white. And even in later years, as more and more Americans abandoned urban neighborhoods, their journey to…

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BANK BEAUTY’S AMPLE ASSETS

 “What Were the Implants Supposed to Accomplish”  Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, June 11, 2010 First things first: Debrahlee Lorenzano isn’t all THAT hot. Clearly, ‘money honey’ ain’t what it used to be. She’s got a reasonably nice smile, perfectly acceptable wavy dark hair, and breasts so large it’s a wonder they don’t need scaffolding to…

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