Thursday, September 24, 2020

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

 And the fires continue 

Tribune Publishing Phishes Employees With Email Announcing Bonuses - Daily Beast

More Media News


• Tribune Publishing is shuttering the Daily Press office in Newport News (Virginia), the paper reported. Par Ridder, general manager of the Daily Press and other Tribune papers, said office will close permanently by the end of this month. Most Daily Press staff members have been working from home for months due to coronavirus, the paper said. 

 The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg and The News & Advance in Lynchburg (Virginia) have laid off workers, Virginia Business reported. Two editors, a  designer and two circulation clerks have were cut at The News & Advance. The Free Lance-Star’s digital editor said that he was laid off as well. Last week Virginia Business reported that at minimum five newsroom employees at the Richmond Times-Dispatch were being laid off. Sister papers Greensboro News & Record and Winston-Salem Journal (North Carolina) also saw at least five layoffs, Triad Business Journal reported. Lee Newspapers owns the papers.

 The Detroit Jewish News is becoming a nonprofit news organization, the paper announced. The paper is being hit hard by the effects of the coronavirus, it said. 

 The Desert Sun (Palm Springsproduced its final locally printed edition Sept. 21. The paper is moving its printing to Phoenix. Gannett owns the paper. 

• Stora Enso will start codetermination negotiations with employees at its Hylte Mill in Sweden regarding a plan to reorganize the mill, including permanent closure of paper machine PM3 and the deinking plant, the company announced

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Important Events From This day in History September 24th

 24 Sept, 1961 - U.S.A. "I Love Lucy"

1961 : The last episode of I Love Lucy is aired created by and featuring Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz, ran for 10 years.

24 Sept, 1908 - Ford Model T
1908 : The first factory-built Ford Model T was completed which became affectionately known as the Tin Lizzie.
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24 Sept, 1925 - France War Debts
1925 : France has made a new offer to the United States over payment of it's war debt of $4,000,000,000 stating it had not forgotten it's debt to America but it can not pay the full debt without forcing economic misery on it's people . The proposal from France is to pay $5,000,000 per year for 5 five years which would be a very small percentage of the debt owed.

24 Sept, 1938 - Germany and Russia Carve Up Czechoslovakia
1938 : As Russia and Germany carve up Czechoslovakia, both have given warnings to Poland, Great Britain and France to stay out of the area and not to send troops near Czechoslovakia or it will be considered an act of war.


24 Sept, 1941 - Pearl Harbor
1941 : The Japanese consul in Hawaii is instructed to divide Pearl Harbor into five zones and calculate the number of battleships in each zone and report findings back to Japan which was then used in the planning of the Pearl Harbor attacks.

24 Sept, 1948 - Germany Berlin Blockade
1948 : Russian anti aircraft gunners are planning to fire dangerously high in practice today in the American British airlift corridor to blockaded Berlin. The Russians also announced they would be bombing and fighter firing practice in that same corridor. Both sides realize if any mistakes are made in this area causing the deaths of innocent civilians, which the British and Americans are using to fly in supplies to the blockaded city, could well lead to an all out war.
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24 Sept, 1958 - U.S.A. Auto Workers Strike
1958 : The increased chance of an Auto strike by the United Auto Workers looks more likely against General Motors and Chrysler, the date for an all out nationwide walkout is not scheduled till next week but walkouts at local level are increasing on a daily basis with 30,000 on strike at GM and 15,000 on strike at Chrysler.

24 Sept, 1960 - USS Enterprise
1960 : The USS Enterprise (CVN-65) becomes the worlds first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, she is still part of the US Navy but is scheduled for decommissioning in 2014 and still holds the record for the longest naval vessel in the world.
USS Enterprise (CVN-65) Public Domain Photo
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24 Sept, 1964 - Warren Commission Report
1964 : Warren Commission report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which had occurred on November 22nd1963, in Dallas, Texas is given to President Lyndon B. Johnson. It's conclusion was that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone and that the Secret Service had made poor preparations for JFK’s visit to Dallas and had failed to sufficiently protect him.

24 Sept, 1968 - U.S.A. "60 Minutes"
September 24th, 1968 : The investigative television news magazine program "60 Minutes" is shown for the first time on CBS.

24 Sept, 1978 - U.S.A. Spread of ATMs
1978 : More supermarkets are offering ATMs in the supermarket and consumers who have the service from their bank like the ability to avoid trips to the bank and be able to bank outside of normal banking hours.

24 Sept, 1980 - Iran Iraq Begins Bombing
September 24th, 1980 : Iraqi planes have bombed Iran's Kharg Island crude oil export terminal which is currently burning out of control. The war is over the sovereignty over the lower reaches of Shatt al arab waterway which marks the border between Iraq and Iran. The war ended 8 years later in August 1988 after a cease fire was agreed and the war is thought to have claimed the lives of nearly 1/2 million in that time.

24 Sept, 1988 - South Korea Ben Johnson
1988 : Ben Johnson (Canada) wins the 100m gold at the Seoul Olympics in a new world record with a time of 9.79 seconds. Three days later after being tested positive for anabolic steroid, Stanozol he was stripped of his gold medal and sent home in disgrace by the Canadian team.

24 Sept, 1989 - South Africa Arrests Anti Apartheid Marchers
September 24th, 1989 : South African police arrested over 200 people during an anti apartheid march by anti-apartheid women's groups.

24 Sept, 1989 - Lebanon Fighting
1989 : Fighting has again broken out between Syrian and Christian Forces with mortars and machine guns ending a period of cease fire.

24 Sept, 1998 - United Nations Call For Cease Fire In Kosovo
September 24th, 1998 : The United Nations security council is calling for an immediate cease fire in Kosovo and the Serbian advance to end or put together an international peacekeeping force to stop the Serbian advance.

24 Sept, 1998 - Germany Extradition of Terrorist
1998 : The suspected terrorist bomber who is suspected of carrying out the bombing of the US embassy in East Africa last week is to be held until extradition can be arranged to the United States to face charges.

24 Sept, 1998 - U.S.A. New $20 Bills
September 24th, 1998 : New $20.00 bills enter circulation to deter counterfeiters, the new anti-counterfeiting measures include the use of color-shifting ink and a watermark. The bill is also redesigned with the picture of the White House is changed to the north side view and a larger, off-center portrait of Jackson was used on the front.

24 Sept, 2000 - US Formula One Grand Prix
2000 : Formula One returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway,in Indianapolis, Indiana. returning to the US for the first time nine years. The race attracted the largest Formula One crowd ever with 250,000+ watching the race live and ending with a win by Michael Schumacher (Ferrari).

24 Sept, 2005 - U.S.A. Hurricane Rita
September 24th, 2005 : Hurricane Rita Category 3 with winds in excess of 115 MPH makes landfall between Sabine Pass, Texas, and Johnson Bayou, Louisiana. New Orleans was still cleaning up after hurricane Katrina just a month earlier and because a number of the levees were not rebuilt the city was evacuated. Hurricane Rita did not strike the city directly but the storm surges did still overwhelm some of the levees which were still under repair. The storm surge caused extensive damage along other parts of the Louisiana coast and extreme southeastern Texas completely destroying a few small coastal communities.
Hurricane Rita Flooding Galveston Public Domain Photo
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24 Sept, 2007 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
2007 : The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at New York's Columbia University has clashed with the Columbia President Lee Bollinger who described him as a "cruel dictator" who denied the Holocaust. In response Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Mr Bollinger's remarks were "an insult to information and the knowledge of the audience". During the debate and questions from the audience Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was asked about executions of homosexuals in Iran, to which Mr Ahmadinejad replied: "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country."

24 Sept, 2009 - Iran Nuclear Program Continues
September 24th, 2009 : Iran announces that it has a second uranium enrichment plant. The Iranian government sent a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s chief telling him of the existence of the second site.

24 Sept, 2011 - Vladimir Putin Will Run for President in 2012
2011 : Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, stated that he would accept an offer to run for president in 2012. Putin had already been president for two terms from 2000 to 2008 but could not run for a third consecutive term. If Putin were to win the presidential election in 2012, he could theoretically serve as president until 2024 under new presidential term rules giving the leader 6 year terms.

24 Sept, 2012 - Bloggers Jailed in Vietnam
September 24th, 2012 : Three dissident bloggers were jailed after a brief trial for spreading anti-government propaganda. The bloggers jail sentences ranged from four to twelve years.

24 Sept, 2013 - China Bans Some Exports to North Korea
2013 : China has announced that they are banning the export of some materials and technologies to North Korea that could potentially aid in the development of nuclear weapons. The move is important because China is North Korea's only ally and is making a somewhat firm statement against the country in favor of cooperating with the international community and the United Nations.

News Corp to shift printing


News Corp plans to shift the printing of several of its publications in New York to a different facility in the city.

Under the change, the publications would be printed at The New York Times’ College Point plant in Queens. This plan would result in the closure of the company’s Bronx Print Plant, where the publications are currently printed.

Financial details of the arrangement were not released. The company is negotiating with unions representing workers at the Bronx plant.

The move may mean up to 400 layoffs, according to the New York Post. The change may not happen until early next year, says the Post.

The Bronx plant produces daily print copies of the Journal and The Post, along with Barron’s weekly. All three are also printed in a number of other locations around the country. The Journal and The New York Times are currently printed together at plants in Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Utah and California.

News Corp will be examining options for the future of the plant.

The decision is part of News Corp’s ongoing process of simplifying the structure of the company, which sold its News America Marketing and Unruly businesses within the past year.

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Today in Labor History September 24th

 Labor History September 24th

The Chicago 8

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) were declared illegal in Canada. The ban was lifted in 1919. By 1923, the IWW had several branches in Canada, including the Lumberworkers International Union (LWIU) 120 and Marine Transport Workers International Union 510 in Vancouver, and an LWIU branch in Cranbrook BC for a total of 5,600 members. – 1918
The IWW was declared illegal in Canada, and the Chicago 8 Conspiracy Trial begins.CLICK TO TWEET
The Chicago 8 Conspiracy Trial began on this date. David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, Thomas Hayden, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, John Froines, Lee Weiner, and Bobby Seale all went on trial before Judge Julius Hoffman for inciting a riot.  – 1969

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Covid-19 by the numbers September 1st to September 23rd


Tuesday September 1, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
25,882,846                      867,108
United States
6,257,571                       188,900        3,496,913 Recovered U.S.

Wednesday September 2, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
26,171,532                      873,172
United States
6,297,650                       189,964        3,547,032 Recovered U.S.

Thursday September 3, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
26,453,269                      879,003
United States
6,335,244                       191,058        3,575,096 Recovered U.S.

Friday September 4, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
26,867,190                      886,180
United States
6,392,303                       192,168        3,636,310 Recovered U.S.

Saturday September 5, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
27,046,137                      889,462
United States
6,431,152                       192,818        3,707,000 Recovered U.S.

Sunday September 6, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
27,272,793                      893,322
United States
6,460,250                       193,250        3,725,970 Recovered U.S.

Monday September 7, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
27,476,396                     902,573
United States
6,485,575                       193,534        3,758,629 Recovered U.S.

Tuesday September 8, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
27,721,028                     907,492
United States
6,514,231                       194,032        3,796,760 Recovered U.S.

Wednesday September 9, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
28,006,283                     913,613
United States
6,549,475                       195,239        3,846,095 Recovered U.S.

Thursday September 10, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
28,640,225                     919,503
United States
6,588,163                       196,328        3,879,960 Recovered U.S.

Friday September 11, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
28,640,225                     925,200
United States
6,636,247                       197,421        3,917,962 Recovered U.S.

Saturday September 12, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
28,925,102                     930,065
United States
6,676,601                       198,128        3,950,354 Recovered U.S.

Sunday September 13, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
29,159,748                     933,726
United States
6,708,458                       198,520        3,974,949 Recovered U.S.

Monday September 14, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
29,419,471                     938,158
United States
6,749,289                       199,000        4,027,826 Recovered U.S.

Tuesday September 15, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
29,700,729                     944,498
United States
6,788,147                       200,197        4,068,086 Recovered U.S.

Wednesday September 16, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
30,012,346                     950,360
United States
6,828,301                       201,348        4,119,158 Recovered U.S.

Tuesday September 22, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
31,507,981                     975,380
United States
7,051,747                       204,559        4,300,813 Recovered U.S.

Wednesday September 23, 2020
Worldwide cases            Deaths
31,834,326                     981,816
United States
7,098,766                       205,503        4,347,494 Recovered U.S.

Recovered from virus world wide


NOTE: Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands are considered U.S.

Source: World Stats

Telegraph Media Group goes with Twipe


Telegraph Media Group has chosen Twipe as the partner to work on their recently relaunched daily edition app, says Belgium-based Twipe.

The digital edition app is the full, daily edition of The Telegraph newspaper, delivered to subscriber devices. Through collaboration with Twipe, a refreshed version of the daily digital edition was successfully launched earlier this year.

The digital edition is now created daily by The Telegraph’s team via Twipe’s NextGen Edition Creation Technology and distributed via Twipe’s Edition Distribution platform to mobile apps on iOS, Android and Kindle.

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Producing a Newspaper in a Pandemic


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Observer had to shift the production process of the newspaper to a fully online format. Members of the Observer's editorial board discuss their experiences in this new virtual landscape and explain how they collaborate and create virtual issues of the paper. To see the virtual issues produced by The Observer's team, visit: To see additional digital content and coverage, visit:

This video was edited by Alison Ettinger-DeLong with additional graphics and footage by Mateo Solis Prada and Kevin Christopher Robles.