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A WEEK OF WHATTAYA KNOW

I knew nothing, and so did you. I knew popes don’t quit. I knew meteors stay in the sky. I knew cruise ships are so gargantuan and stable, nothing can possibly go wrong. There was evidence, solid evidence, for all of this. No pope had said “I’m outta here” since the 1400s. Meteors fly around…

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ANOTHER STORM OF THE (SAME) CENTURY

If Sandy was a superstorm and Nemo was a double-whammy, what diabolical plans do God and nature have for Long Island next? If these weather calamities keep slamming us this way, what will it take to cause a stir next year? Locusts? There was once a time that storms of the century came once a…

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ED KOCH—NOTABLE, QUOTABLE, UNFORGETTABLE

 “Ed Koch gave us journalists a lot to work with”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 27, 2012 It might have been my first week as a New York reporter. The Sunday shift on a steamy afternoon in late July, Ed Koch hitting seven crowded swimming pools in Brooklyn and Queens. He wore a tie and…

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FORWARD MARCH—WOMEN TO THE FRONT

“Women notch a win in battle for equality”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 27, 2012 Who says going to war isn’t women’s work? Probably the same person who said women don’t belong in the executive suite and college is still a boys’ club. Good luck selling those old fictions to a generation of ambitious women.…

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LIAR, LIAR: TWO ATHLETES UNDER FIRE

“Manti Te’o sure has Lance Armstrong beat”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 20, 2012 Give Lance Armstrong this much credit: At least his story wasn’t as preposterous as Manti Te’o’s. Admittedly, the Notre Dame fabulist set a pretty high bar. All Lance wanted us to believe was that, in a sport famously riddled with performance-enhancing…

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IT’S THE FLU—KEEP IT TO YOURSELF

“It’d be silly, selfish not to get flu shot”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 13, 2012 Sorry if you have the flu. I got slammed a few New Year’s Eves ago. Chills. Fever. A horrible aching feeling. The rot lingered into the second week of January.  I thought I would die. Then, I wished I…

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GOP BLOWS OFF HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS

“GOP hardly rushing to Sandy victims’ aid”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 6, 2012 A measly $9.7 billion. After two months of delay Why no super response to superstorm Sandy?At least 130 people were killed. In New York alone, 305,000 houses and apartments were either damaged or destroyed, along with 265,000 businesses. More than 140,000…

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SAME OLD LANG SYNE

  “Reason to keep new year’s expectations low”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, December 30, 2012 It’s so arbitrary. A 2 becomes a 3, and somehow that’s supposed to change everything. It never does, of course. And yet here we are again, ringing in another new year with the usual naive exuberance, as if we didn’t…

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IT’S THE RIGHT TIME—AGAIN—TO TALK GUN CONTROL

“Sandy Hook, Jovan Belcher, and gun control”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, December 16, 2012 Two weeks ago, the sportscaster Bob Costas was widely denounced for mentioning gun control on “Sunday Night Football.” Costas, who grew up in Commack and graduated from Commack High School South, spoke a day and a half after a Kansas City…

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THE TIMES THEY’VE BEEN A CHANGIN’

“Hot-button issues that won’t be with time”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, December 9, 2012 Things change. Just when you least expect it. Even when you don’t. One day without any warning, a fresh breeze blows in. Don’t believe me? Then how do you explain pot legalization and same-sex marriage?   The Supreme Court announced on…

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