Ted Anthony Associated Press Published 10:41 PM EDT Aug 4, 2019 Ohio: A bar district where friends gathered for drinks on a warm Saturday night. Texas: A Walmart stocked with supplies for back-to-school shopping on an August morning. California: A family-focused festival that celebrates garlic, the local cash crop. Two consecutive summer weekends. Less than seven days. More than 30 fellow human beings gone in moments, in public places exactly like those where huge swaths of the American population go without a second thought. Less than a week after a gunman opened fire at the garlic festival in California small town Gilroy, killing three, a shooter killed 20 in an El Paso, Texas, shopping area. Hours later, another shooting claimed nine lives in a nightlife district of Dayton, Ohio. Together the assaults wounded dozens of people. In El Paso, investigators focused on whether the attack was a hate crime after the emergence of a racist, anti-immigrant screed that was posted online … [Read more...] about Spate of mass shootings raise question: Where are we safe?
Wheres courtney love
Nice for the headline writers, all those initials. RFK. IRA. Nice for the right-wing Brits, too, for whom kicking a Kennedy is as sweet as strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. Of course, it wasn’t true. Oh, Courtney Kennedy, Bobby and Ethel’s daughter, is a Kennedy, all right. But Paul Hill is no IRA man. Never was. Never will be. Paul Hill served 15 years in prison for an Irish Republican Army bombing in which an appeals court ruled he played no part. His crime was being a working-class nationalist from Northern Ireland living in England at the peak of the IRA’s bombing campaign there. Courtney Kennedy served her own time. A murdered father, an unhappy youth, a private person in a most public family. When they married in June, on a ship in the Aegean Sea, it caught much of the world by surprise. They were, it seemed, the oddest of couples. She, a member of one of the richest, most powerful Irish-American families, a product of the best schools; he, a high … [Read more...] about Boston to Belfast: A Kennedy love story
In the Irish language, Saoirse means freedom. Saoirse Kennedy Hill and I traded e-mails last year, when she was a sophomore at Boston College, but we never met. I knew her parents, Courtney and Paul, fairly well in the early 1990s when they were newlyweds. Although based in Boston, I spent a lot of time on the ground in Northern Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s, and had written about the miscarriage of justice that landed Paul and others in prison, so they felt comfortable talking to me about their relationship, to counteract the malicious gossip written about them in American and British tabloids. Knowing what Paul and Courtney endured in their personal lives, knowing what they overcame to have a relationship, and knowing just how much they loved their daughter, makes Saoirse’s death on Thursday, at just 22, seem even more cruel. Though their marriage didn’t last, Paul and Courtney found in each other a freedom they did not have before they met. From their families, … [Read more...] about Courtney Kennedy and Paul Hill’s enduring agony
(05/25/13-Boston,MA) Kaitlyn Brant, who ran the April 15th marathon with her dad, pauses as she crosses the Boston Marathon finish line today, May 25, 2013, flanked on each side by from left Jessica Campbell and Courtney Haskell during the Boston Strong OneRun in remembrance of those who didn't finish the race April 15. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel (Boston, Mass., 06/22/14) A couple weeps at the site where John Lanzillotti and his girlfriend, Jessica Campbell, were struck and killed in a car crash the night before, on June 22, 2014. The couple, who did not want to be identified after laying down some flowers at a makeshift memorial, said they were friends of the victims. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Boston, Mass., 06/22/14) A couple weeps at the site where John Lanzillotti and his girlfriend, Jessica Campbell, were struck and killed in a car crash the night before, on June 22, 2014. The couple, who did not want to be identified after laying down some flowers at a makeshift … [Read more...] about Couple killed in crash were ”very much in love”
Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is facing allegations that she lifted material from other sources for her new book, "Merchants of Truth." Abramson and her publisher are promising to investigate. A Twitter thread posted Wednesday by Vice correspondent Michael Moynihan lists several examples of passages in "Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts" that closely resemble material in The New Yorker, Time Out and other publications. Released this week and praised by Walter Isaacson and Gay Talese among others, "Merchants of Truth" is a critique of the news business focused on two long-running newspapers, the Times and the Washington Post, along with Vice and fellow digital company BuzzFeed. "I take seriously the issues raised and will review the passages in question," Abramson tweeted Wednesday night. "I endeavored to accurately and properly give attribution to the hundreds of sources that were part of my research." She has previously been … [Read more...] about Reporter Alleges Ex-NYT Editor Jill Abramson Lifted Material for Her Book