And over in Florida, the Tampa Bay Tribune looks into one of the projects Sen. Tom Coburn singled out earlier this week in his “second opinion” list of questionable stimulus spending: the $3.4 million Florida Department of Transportation plan to build an underground “eco-passage” for turtles and other wildlife just north of Tallahassee. According to the natural resources manager at the state transportation department, turtles and other wildlife are killed in large numbers in that area. Turtles hit by vehicles can, additionally, become flying projectiles.
09:05 AM - June 18, 2009
The Economy Today: Flying Projectiles
News from Bend, Boulder, Redding, Dallas, and elsewhere
Fox News not outraged by retailers’ War on Thanksgiving - As giant stores commercialize the last holdout, Bill O’Reilly & Co. shrug
BuzzFeed’s all-positive books section - It doesn’t make sense to pledge positivity if your aim is to provide readers with critics’ takes on new books. It makes more sense if your aim is to cultivate a thriving community.
Disappointing Deadspin - It broke the Manti Te’o story, but then stopped reporting and resumed trashing
Healthcare in Great Britain vs. healthcare in the USA: part one - A conversation with Chris Smyth, health reporter for The Times of London
Asperger’s, pedophiles, and questionable motivations - A dart to the Daily Beast, for its ill-informed speculation on Adam Lanza’s psyche
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
Immune to Upworthy headlines yet?
‘Too good to check’ used to be a warning to newspaper editors not to jump on bullshit stories. Now it’s a business model
The two civil rights leaders were radicals—and they were right
Political lessons from a lifelong political activist
Timelapse of a photo-realistic painting of the actor being done on an iPad
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.