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Overheard Conversations

Overheard Conversations

People say the strangest things and have the strangest conversations when they are in public.  My Literary Journalism professor had us go out and eavesdrop for an assignment. This is what I overheard. Three Overheard Snippets of Conversation about Facebook At a college Cafeteria restaurant, two female students are gathered around a laptop looking at … Continue reading

After the Storm: a short narrative

After the Storm: a short narrative

The storm was over.  By one o’clock, the sun had come out and was shining blindingly on the fresh snow.  Riverside Park swelled with people who’d come crawling out of their apartments; many dressed in padded, bulky coats and water-resistant shoes.    It was still so cold that even dogs were wearing bulky coats, and some … Continue reading

NYC Ban on Sugar Drinks: Good or Bad?

It is almost impossible to go anywhere in New York City without hearing someone rip Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the sale of sugary drinks over 16oz.   The New Yorker ran a cover entitled ‘Soda Noir’ featuring two kids caught in a police spotlight with an illegal supersized drink. Jerry Seinfeld told Grub Street that he … Continue reading

Three Found Dead near Columbia University

Three people were found dead in a car at 122nd Street, between Broadway and Claremont Avenue on Thursday June 7th, near the Riverside Church and the Manhattan School of Music.  According to a text sent by Columbia University’s Emergency Team at 8:13pm, the victims appear to have died from a gunshot wound. Columbia’s Student newspaper, … Continue reading

Crossing a Line

I firmly believe that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion. I may disagree with it; I may try to refute it; sometimes I even may be angry because of it;  but at the end of the day, everyone is entitled to their beliefs.   Take, for example, Rick Santorum’s statement that “the radical feminists succeeded in undermining … Continue reading

Drones: The Weapon of the Future?

Jan 11, 2012 / The Outside Observer The highly publicized deaths of terrorists this past year, such as Atiyah Abd al-Rahman and Anwar Al-Awlaki, have drawn attention a new type of weapon: the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), otherwise known as the drone.  Drones are remotely piloted spy planes that transmit live video and images to US forces.  They … Continue reading

The Year in Review – Part 1: Domestic Politics

From Republican campaigns to Occupy Wall Street protests to terrorist assassinations, 2011 has been a news-packed year. Over the next few days, join me as I take a look back at some of this year’s key events: Republican Campaigns Begins: The campaign got off to a roaring start as conservatives clamored for their party’s nomination … Continue reading