N.J. Appreciates Sacrifices Its Veterans Made

first_imgBy Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, 11th DistrictVeterans Day started out as a commemoration of the end of World War I, which was supposed to be “the war to end all wars.” Sadly, a century later, violent conflicts continue every day around the world as we face ever-changing enemies who constantly evolve their ways to threaten our safety, peace and security.The recent 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is a reminder that we will always need brave military men and women who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the freedoms we enjoy, whether it’s the right to choose our representatives, as we did this week, or to stand on the street in protest, or simply to spend a peaceful day with our family.Everything we enjoy as Americans comes to us thanks to our brave veterans.Every day of the year, and especially on Veterans Day, we must remember that.For the past four years, I have had the privilege of representing Monmouth County in the Legislature, including Fort Monmouth, until its unfortunate closure.There are an estimated 484,000 veterans in New Jersey, and I have confidence that each one of them has the full support of New Jersey government.If there’s one thing we can agree on without partisan dispute, it’s that the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is beyond reproach in how it helps our state’s veterans return to civilian life, whether it’s connecting them with their federal benefits, helping them find a job or making sure their physical and mental health are secure.Our state operates three state-of-the-art nursing homes that serve nearly 1,000 veterans and a network of Veterans Service offices to help with employment, education, housing, burial and health issues.It maintains three major war memorials that will ensure that the memories of our fallen heroes survive for eternity.As a human services professional, I am proud to see New Jersey become a national model for preventing suicides related to military experience.The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has found it could forestall problems by meeting with soldiers before and after their deployment.New Jersey’s hotline, 1-866-VETS-NJ4, provides peer counseling by those who have served in war for current military personnel, veterans and their families.The purpose of this innovative, proactive approach is to make sure extraordinarily brave men and women don’t take their own lives.It has worked so well that the program is now replicated at Fort Hood in Texas, the Army’s largest stateside community.Some want to expand it further to make it a nationwide service.We intend to repay the debt we owe to everyone who has put on a uniform and the families who stay behind.New Jersey is second to none in the way we support our veterans.As our world has become more turbulent, in terms of armed conflict, terrorism and natural emergencies here at home, there is an increased need for our military, such as the National Guard, which is always involved in emergency management when disaster strikes.As we navigate these difficult economic times, when there are fewer jobs for everyone, it will become increasingly difficult to make sure our veterans continue to have the access to jobs, health care and support that they and their families deserve for sacrificing so much for our freedoms.As we honor veterans today and as we continue to hope and pray for the end of war, we cannot lose sight of the price they paid, the sacrifices they made and the debt we owe them.Please take time out of your busy day to thank a veteran for his or her service — after all, he or she took time out of his or her life to protect you and yours.God bless America.last_img read more

Hotshots get young import

first_imgView comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Amateur Arevalo rules PGT Riviera Ladies tournament by one stroke Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube ANTIPOLO—Not wanting to take a chance and seeking a great start, Star dispatched its import after just one game and will parade someone fresh out of college when the Hotshots shoot for a second straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ Michael Craig, the import who got into a trash-talking match with Chris Ross in one of the Finals games that almost led to a halftime brawl, finally makes his first appearance on the court for the Texters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Hill started out at the point guard spot in his last season with Illinois and averaged 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. But with his huge frame—he weighs over 230 pounds—Hill could find himself manning the post for Victolero.“I’ll be asking him to do that,” Victolero said over the phone after Hill’s fourth practice with the team on Thursday. “He has a lot of potential, he’s very young and he has an excellent attitude.”Victolero’s only concern is that Hill will be asked to spearhead a team for the first time in his life, unlike at Illinois where he wasn’t the team’s focal point.“I told him that he would have to adjust to his new role here,” said the Star coach, who bombed out in the Final Four in the first two tournaments.Meanwhile, TNT KaTropa, the losing finalist to San Miguel Beer in the Commissioner’s Cup, makes its debut in the 4:15 p.m. contest when the Texters slug it out with winless KIA Picanto.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Malcolm Hill, a 21-year-old out of Illinois, will play his first pro game when the Hotshots clash with Alaska in the 7 p.m. contest—where Star tries to keep in step with the early leaders while adding to the woes of the traditional power Aces.Alaska has been reeling since the last conference, losing a 10th straight game overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Despite Star winning its first game in this conference last week over Blackwater, 103-86, coach Chito Victolero pulled the plug on Cinmeon Bowers and quickly brought in Hill, who went undrafted in the last NBA proceedings despite a respectable collegiate career as a Fighting Illini.The 6-foot-6 Hill played 135 games for Illinois and scored over 1,800 points while grabbing 640 rebounds but still couldn’t catch the eye of NBA scouts. He was auditioning in the Summer League before deciding to play here.last_img read more

South African Kevin Anderson advances to US Open final

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Break new ground Winning start A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, returns a shot from Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)South African tennis player Kevin Anderson advanced to his first Grand Slam final on Friday after beating Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.Anderson, seeded 28th, will play for the $3.7 million (3.07 million euros) top prize this Sunday at the Arthur Ashe Stadium against the later winner between world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain and Argentina’s 24th-seeded Juan Martin del Potro. KGAADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES UAAP gets going MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

LeBron James passes Jordan for fourth in NBA career points

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after passing Michael Jordan and moving to #4 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on March 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Robert Laberge/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES, California—LeBron James overtook Michael Jordan to move into fourth place on the NBA all-time scoring list Wednesday with a driving layup in the second quarter against visiting Denver.The Los Angeles Lakers playmaker, who had matched the Chicago Bulls legend’s career total of 32,292 with his first 12 points, made history on the layup with 5:38 remaining in the quarter and sank a free throw to complete a 3-point play.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES James wears the same No. 23 worn by Jordan.“I wear the number because of Mike. I fell in love with the game because of Mike,” James said before the game.“I just take all the accomplishments as they come. It’s just an honor to have my name be mentioned among all the greats.”Jordan played 15 NBA seasons and was a five-time NBA Most Valuable Player who won six NBA crowns in the 1990s with the Bulls.James, in his 16th NBA campaign, is a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and three-time NBA champion as well as a 15-time All-Star.While Jordan went 6-0 in the finals, James is only 3-6 but has reached the past eight NBA Finals, four each with Miami and Cleveland before joining the Lakers last July.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Beal’s poster dunk, 30 points lead Wizards past Mavs MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds the NBA points record with 38,387, with long-time Utah great Karl Malone ranked second on 36,928.On his current pace, James figures to pass Bryant next season and could overtake Abdul-Jabbar by the end of his Lakers contract in the 2021-22 campaign if he stays healthy.James went 2-of-6 from the floor in the first quarter and 0-4 from the free throw line in the opening quarter, but added a lay-in and jumper to match Jordan early in the second quarter and break the record attacking the basket, a trademark move in his career.James has more assists and 20-point games than any other top-five scorer.Jordan and James are often compared as the best players in NBA history.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief During the next timeout, James went to the bench and buried his head in a towel, appearing to cry while a video tribute played on the scoreboard and he reflected upon the achievement of surpassing his boyhood idol.“Cant even front,” James tweeted about 90 minutes before tipoff. “This is going to be UNREAL!! Wow man.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 34-year-old American forward, the top scorer among active players, made his points in 1,190 games compared to 1,072 for Jordan with the Bulls and Washington.The next target for James would be retired Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant, who is third on the NBA career list with 33,643 points.last_img read more

Manchester United rocked by Basel late show

first_imgUnited hit the woodwork twice in a dominant first half, but they were outplayed after the interval and could have few complaints about Lang’s dramatic winner.United remain in first place and a draw at home to CSKA Moscow — three points behind Mourinho’s men on nine and level with Basel — in their last fixture on December 5 would ensure their progress to the knockout stages on top of Group A.Basel are also in the hunt heading into their last group game against Benfica, in which they just need to equal CSKA’s result to qualify.Mourinho will be especially frustrated by the defeat because it means he cannot afford to rest players against CSKA, just days before the Manchester derby.Mourinho made seven changes from the team that beat Newcastle 4-1 at the weekend, with Argentine defender Marcos Rojo making his first appearance since a suffering cruciate ligament injury in April.Mourinho had expressed concern about the pitch at St Jakob-Park after it was replaced following heavy damage during Switzerland’s recent World Cup play-off with Northern Ireland.However nited didn’t seem bothered when they pieced together a sweeping move that almost brought an early opening goal.Paul Pogba sliced through the Basel defence and found Romelu Lukaku, whose shot on the turn was well saved by Tomas Vaclik.Moments later, the visitors went even closer when Marouane Fellaini’s header was cleared off the line by Manuel Akanji.Fellaini threatened again with another header that fizzed wide from Daley Blind’s free-kick.– Penned back –United were dominating possession without applying the finishing touch and Fellaini maintained that frustrating trend when the Belgian hit the post with a close-range header from Anthony Martial’s cross.Martial was denied by Vaclik at the end of a surging run before Rojo rattled the bar from long-range.Having been penned back in the first half, Basel almost snatched the lead after the interval when Serey Die drilled just wide.Suddenly unable to find any rhythm, United rode their luck again as Renato Steffen’s powerful effort was narrowly off-target.Mourinho sent on Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford, but United didn’t respond and Lang nearly made them pay by crashing a header against the bar.That escape was the signal for United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come on in the 74th minute, for the second appearance since his return from a serious knee injury.Die tried to steal the spotlight from the Swede with a 25-yard strike that drew a good stop from Sergio Romero.Even Ibrahimovic couldn’t help United stem the tide and Basel’s pressure was finally rewarded in the 89th minute.With United appealing in vain for offside, Raoul Petretta’s measured pass found Lang and he tapped in at the far post to leave Mourinho cursing.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba captained Manchester United against BaselBASEL, Switzerland, Nov 22 – Manchester United were forced to wait to book a place in the Champions League last 16 as Michael Lang’s last-gasp strike gave Basel a shock 1-0 win St Jakob-Park on Wednesday.Jose Mourinho’s side were moments away from securing top spot in Group A when Lang pounced on sloppy defending to steal the points for second-placed Basel a minute before the end.last_img read more

DARTS: DONEGAL TOWN SUMMER TOURNAMENT

first_imgAfter eight weeks of darts action in O’Donnell’s bar, Donegal town we are down to the last four of the 2012 darts summer league. 34 players took part in the competition and after 7 weeks of league games the top two in each of the four groups qualified for last Fridays quarter finals with all four matches being close affairs.In the first game of the night James Byrne (Carrick) defeated Niall Cunningham (Dunkineely) 5-4 with James winning the last leg in 16 darts in the next match Fergus McGuinness (Ballintra) beat Michael Gallagher (Mountcharles) 5-3 in a close match. Stephen Harron (Ballintra) continued his good run in the tournament with a 5-3 win against Irwin Muirhead (Killybegs) in a high scoring match Stephen got a 180 and in the final game Adrian Byrne (Carrick) beat Raymond Hegarty (Kilcar) 5-3 with Adrian hitting a 180 and a 118 checkout in another good game of darts. James, Stephen and Adrian remain unbeaten in the tournament while Fergus has just the one defeat in the group stages.The semi-finals and final take place this Friday in O’Donnell’s with Adrian v Fergus up first followed by the second semi-final between Stephen and James both games first to seven and the final is first to nine. Thanks to all the players who took part in the tournament and O’Donnell’s for hosting it and hopefully we will get a good crowd to watch the final night of action, first games starts at around 9.30pm everyone welcome! DARTS: DONEGAL TOWN SUMMER TOURNAMENT was last modified: July 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brazil v Mexico: Preview, team news and radio commentary

first_imgBrazil and Mexico clash in the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup on Monday, live on talkSPORT.The South American side finished top of Group E with seven points, having secured two wins and one draw from their three games. UNITED Japan confirm Russia 2018 squad, including ex-Manchester United man ‘THEY FAILED’ German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit The game will be hosted at the Samara Arena talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada How can I stream live commentary?Click here to listen to our live commentary of all the action as it happens on talkSPORT.What’s the team news?Brazil do not have Marcelo available due to injury so Filipe Luis comes into the side.Mexico have sprung a major surprise by naming 39-year-old Rafa Marquez in their team.Brazil XI: Alisson, Fagner, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Filipe Luis, Paulinho, Casemiro, Willian, Coutinho, Neymar, Gabriel Jesus.Subs: Cassio, Pedro Geromel, Renato Augusto, Marcelo, Marquinhos, Danilo, Fernandinho, Fred, Firmino, Taison, Ederson.Mexico XI: Ochoa, Alvarez, Ayala, Salcedo, Gallardo, Herrera, Marquez, Guardado, Vela, Hernandez, Lozano.Subs: Jose de Jesus Corona, Gutierrez, Jonathan, Layun, Fabian, Jimenez, Giovani, Jesus Corona, Peralta, Aquino, Talavera. England’s expected starting line-up for World Cup opener v Tunisia center_img World Cup 23 2 Brazil face Mexico in the knock out stages of the tournament LATEST WORLD CUP NEWS REVEALED 2 10 amazing football facts you won’t believe are true Mexico were beaten 3-0 by Sweden in their final Group F match, but South Korea’s shock 2-0 triumph over Germany meant that they advanced to the knockout stages as runners up.When is Brazil vs Mexico?The game will kick off at 3PM UK time.The match will take place at the Samara Arena, which has a capacity of 45,000.last_img read more

Sunderland considering sacking £33,000-a-week star for being 72 days late

first_imgPapy Djilobodji’s Sunderland future hangs in the balance after the defender finally returned to the League One club.The former Chelsea man reported back 72 days later than expected after trying to secure a move away in the summer. Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues According to the Daily Mail, neither teammate Didier Ndong nor Djilobodji have not been paid by furious Sunderland chiefs for their indiscretions.He earns a staggering £33,000-a-week, despite playing in the third tier of English football.An £8million signing from Chelsea in 2016, the centre-back did finally return to the club on Wednesday ahead of the club’s fixture against Fleetwood Town on Saturday. In his absence, Sunderland have made a strong start to the campaign, winning four and drawing two of their first six games under new boss Jack Ross.After playing Fleetwood on Saturday at home, the Black Cats will then travel to Burton Albion the following weekend. 2 Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off impact Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship ROUND-UP Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Latest EFL news REPLY Djilobodji in action for Sunderland in the Premier League GREAT NEWS stalemate CONFUSION After the club’s relegation to the Championship in 2017, the 29-year-old spent the following season on loan at Ligue 1 side Dijon. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Djilobodji could be set for the sack from Sunderland goalless EFL result Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Macclesfield set for further EFL sanctions after Plymouth match is called off 2last_img read more

FISHERMAN RESCUED AFTER FARMER HEARS HIS CRY FOR HELP

first_imgA fisherman was rescued off the coast of Donegal this afternoon after a farmer heard his cry for help a half a mile out to sea.John Grant was tending to his sheep at Tullagh Bay on the coast of the Inishowen Peninsula.Mr Grant suddenly heard a cry for help and noticed a spec in the distance and realised it was a person hanging onto a buoy. Mr Grant contacted his mother and she alerted Malin Head Coastguard at around 1.50pm.They alerted the Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat.The rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo was also scrambled to the scene as was the Greencastle Coast Guard boat, which was later stood down.Weather conditions at the time of the rescue were calm but it was raining heavily. When the Lough Swilly lifeboat arrived on scene, a local boat had already picked up the man.The man, a local lobster fisherman in his 40s, was wrapped in blankets and given attention.A medic from the 118 helicopter was dropped at the scene and a decision was made to take the man to the shore near Clonmany by boat.Once on shore the helicopter flew the man to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where he is understood to be in a stable condition.A spokesman for the Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat praised the actions of Mr Grant saying his actions sparked a very successful rescue. “It was simply amazing how John heard the man’s cry for help so far out to sea but thankfully he did.“The phonecall by Mr Grant’s mother set into action a chain of events which undoubtedly saved this man’s life,” he said.FISHERMAN RESCUED AFTER FARMER HEARS HIS CRY FOR HELP was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:clonmanyfarmerfishermanhelicopterInishowenLough Swilly LIfeboatlast_img read more

News flash: There was other news while Miers reigned

first_imgI cheered when Harriet Miers dropped out of the Supreme Court running. Not because of any strong feelings regarding her views, whatever they were; not because I would squeamishly squeal at any one of Bush’s picks, because I am a Republican. I realize that Sandra Day O’Connor’s replacement is vital to the future of this nation, but I wasn’t exactly jazzed about a future with Miers because the present had grown so tedious. To put it succinctly, I just got sick of her. Maybe she lacked the chutzpah – in her attitude, speech, dress – to inspire many to rally for her nod. Maybe it’s because the Democrats were sitting back and watching with glee the escalating GOP catfight. But overriding every other reason to tire of Miers was the dragging nature of nearly a month of tedious news coverage. We were drowning in the news saturation. And the news saturation may mean that you missed what else was happening in the world while broadcasters and bloggers were obsessed with the Miers saga. Looking back on nomination day through dropout day, we see that: • Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Baqer Sulagh nearly sparked a new Middle East crisis by slamming Saudi Arabia: “We do not accept a bedouin on a camel teaching us about human rights and democracy.” • A big earthquake killed tens of thousands in Pakistan and has yet to inspire a tsunami-style, prime-time, star-studded telethon (though the Saudis did hold a telethon of their own and threw in a good chunk of change). • Renegade British parliamentarian George Galloway claimed he’d “rip through Washington like a tsunami” if the Senate tried to touch him in its oil-for-food investigation. • And speaking of oil-for-food, the day Miers skedaddled, a scathing 623-page report was issued by Paul Volcker’s investigative committee that implicated nearly half of all participants in the United Nations program in being really, really naughty. • Bush made a good nomination, in the form of Fed designee Ben Bernanke. And undoubtedly Miers news saturation was made worse by the fact that we’d just come off Hurricane Katrina saturation. It began with the storm, the mayhem, the wave of refugees; it progressed to the finger-pointing, the foreign aid offers, and the religious pundits debating whether or not the storm was divine vengeance. I discovered from one news outlet that its Katrina coverage was so heavy and long-running because its Web site stats showed that people were most frequently clicking on Katrina stories. But were visitors reading them weeks later because they were there and hardly anything else was being covered? Which came first, the demand or the news saturation? In the midst of Katrina’s rampage, the most popular story on Yahoo! News for days was a Reuters bit about the woes of an Austrian village named after the F-word. British tourists kept stealing their signs. I remember because I have the story taped up at my desk. When the flow of Katrina-Miers saturation began to weigh heavily on writers trying to submit other topics to outlets, I heard one writer share a suggestion for overcoming the topical hurdle: If the column was about Hugo Chavez, put “Harriet Miers once dated Hugo Chavez” in the e-mail subject line. If about the Iranian nuclear showdown, put “Harriet Miers once bought yellowcake for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad” as the subject. Genius. Now Miers and her bright blue suit, though, fade into headline oblivion – only because it’s lights-and-camera time for him who follows in her nomination footsteps, Samuel Alito. Something tells me he’ll get coverage.— Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at bridget.johnson@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week • Days after Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan committed “suicide” in his Damascus office, a U.N. investigative report implicated Syria in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. • Taliban spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi was arrested in Quetta and got to look forward to Pakistani interrogation. • New York City spent a frenetic weekend watching the subways after a bombing threat, providing yet another fertile stomping ground for a frenetic Geraldo Rivera in Levi’s. • A 27-year-old woman and outspoken critic of regional warlords, Malalai Joya, handily won a seat in Afghanistan’s new parliament. • The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was discovered in Britain, bringing a whole new dastardly dimension to Monty Python’s parrot sketch.last_img read more