FINALLY, JUSTICE FOR JO’ANNA

 “After Domestic Violence Death, Needed Changes,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, May 1, 2010 Evil is a word to use sparingly. But the crimes that Leonardo Valdez-Cruz has now been convicted of — torturing and murdering 24-year-old Jo’Anna Bird after her repeated pleas to police were poorly answered—is as evil as anything our justice system is ever forced…

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NEW YORK WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS?

“No Immigrants, No New York,” Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, April 29, 2010 Dios mio, it would be awful! Living in New York without illegal immigrants! Who’d deliver the Chinese food? Who’d raise the children on the Upper East Side? With teamsters busing the restaurant tables, we’ll all be paying $49.50 for our next plate of…

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AS WALL STREET GOES, SO GOES LI

  “Downwind of Wall Street Lies Long Island,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, April 24, 2010 Think of the LIE as a magnifying glass or a megaphone.   When Wall Street is humming, Long Island roars. But when Wall Street shudders or stumbles, hold on tightly now – Long Island is about to shake.   The economies of…

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OBAMA TAKES EASY STREET TO WALL STREET

  “Going Too Easy On Wall Street,” Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, April 23, 2010 “Oh, yeah?” Wall Street said with a shrug to Barack Obama.   “That’s all you got?”   Yes, that was all the Regulator in Chief had — a small rebuke wrapped in an olive branch, the stock-market equivalent of, “I’d rather you…

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THE JURY’S DUTY

“As Jury Deliberates in Lucero Case, Speculation Abounds,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, April 17, 2010 All anyone could do was wait.   The witnesses had already testified. The legal arguments had all been made. The judge had issue his instructions, and the jurors were plodding on.   Did anyone know anything? Of course not. There’s…

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LARRY – THE KING OF LOVE

 “King’s Tabloid Breakup Saga is Full of Drama, Even For A Celebrity,” Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, April 16, 2010 Suddenly, they’re both back on the market. Any chance of a love match between Melissa Etheridge and Larry King? Probably not, huh?     They both prefer younger women. Certainly no one was surprised to hear that…

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WHALE OF A LESSON

“FOUNDATION GETS A WHALE OF AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, April 12, 2010 No one’s questioning anyone’s intentions.   But the frantic three-day attempt to save a stranded humpback whale sure turned into a PR debacle for the marine-rescue specialists at the Riverhead Foundation.   And it wasn’t just because the whale eventually…

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WARNING: SMOKING MAY CAUSE PANIC, NO ATTACK

 “Still Flying the Jittery Skies,” Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, April 9, 2010   First he was a possible hijacker.   Then he was an alleged airborne terrorist.   Then he was a shoebomber wannabe.   By the time the fighter jets pulled back and the little whiffs of smoke cleared the cabin air, Mohammed Al-Madadi…

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ALBANY WRECKING OUR REC PLANS

 “In State Budget Mess, Albany Plays Park Card,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, April 4, 2010 This was the week the state-budget mess hit home on Long Island.   Or hit park, to be more precise.   My eyes glaze over at the numbers, as I’m sure yours do. Just know this much: Gov. David Paterson…

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WWW.BULLIES.COM

 “Bullying enters a disturbing realm on World Wide Web,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, March 27, 2010 Kids were cruel long before the Internet.   But there is something about a mouse and a keyboard that can free the inner bully in an otherwise decent classmate.   Is it the everyday vulnerability of sites like Facebook and…

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