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LATE SHOW OF GRACIOUSNESS

“Stephen Colbert inherits ‘Late Show,’ and so can you?”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, April 13 2014 That was quick. The epic struggle to replace David Letterman on the CBS “Late Show” lasted exactly one week. A week ago Thursday, Dave said he’d be vacating his host chair after 21 years. This past Thursday, CBS announced…

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LI MINOR ASPIRATIONS ARE A SHAME

“Howie Rose calls ’em like he sees ’em”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, April 6 2014 It’s hard to have no reaction to Howie Rose’s on-air comments about the aging Nassau Coliseum and the sports-mad, peninsula-shaped island on which it resides. “You know,” the MSG play-by-play man said during Tuesday’s broadcast of the Islanders-Panthers hockey game,…

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DIRE NEW AUTISM STAT IS STARTLING

“Taking notice of the new autism statistic”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, March 30 2014 Nothing glazes the eyes like a fresh load of statistics. But this one is just too startling to glance away from: One in 68 American children now show up on the autism spectrum. That’s a 30 percent jump from two years ago.…

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IT’S MADNESS TO NOT PAY NCAA PLAYERS

“NCAA’s true March Madness: not paying the players”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, March 23, 2014 From 64 to 16 to 4 to 1: You can tear up your NCAA brackets right now. We already know who’s winning this year. The top-tier college coaches with their seven-figure salaries. The TV networks with their $700,000 Final Four 30-second…

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THE MISSING-PLANE “EXPERTS”

“Vanished Malaysia jet baffles know-it-alls”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, March 15 2014 Everyone’s an expert on everything now, including what’s wrong with Washington, which movie deserves Best Picture and what could possibly cause a crowded jetliner on a clear day to fall unexpectedly from the sky. A solid week after Malaysia 370 evaporated from the radar,…

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Il MIO PAPA

“Pope Francis says fan magazine is too much”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, March 9 2014 Il Mio Papa! That isn’t only the name of the new Oprah-style magazine being published in Italy. “My pope” is also what flocks of modern Catholics around the globe are shouting in a burst of many languages as they adjust…

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RUSSIA’S AN EP(OLYMP)IC FAIL

“Sochi Olympics put spotlight on Russia’s flaws”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, February 9 2014 And the gold medal for espionage goes to . . . definitely not the Russians. Today’s dimwitted Sochi spies can’t install a shower cam without soaking themselves! Vladimir Putin has been working diligently to make his nation seem like a superpower again…

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IS ANYONE WATCHING THE GAME?

“When sports aren’t the game anymore”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, February 2 2014 The Super Bowl is really the Ad Bowl. The Winter Olympics are mainly an excuse for debating terrorism and gay rights. The juiced-up A-Rod may finally be done. Will sports ever just be sports again? Please don’t hold your breath, sports fans! There…

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SNOW CHANCE NJ WAS BAD SUPER BOWL PICK?

“This bowl’s a little less than super”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 26 2014 So is the NFL already regretting bringing the Super Bowl north? It’s certainly starting to sound that way. And understandably so. How many more days like this one will it take? Fox Sports president Eric Shanks just told The Hollywood Reporter, choosing his…

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OBAMA DIALS BACK NSA PHONE SPYING

“Protect our privacy, and us as wellt”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 19 2014 Don’t invade my privacy. Just keep me safe. That, right there, is where the hard choices begin. We hate the idea of the government snooping into our business so long as the government knows everything the moment anything goes wrong. If 9/11 taught…

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