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Bill Lucey
Former News Researcher
Interests: Reading, blogging, listening to history lectures (Great Courses) from the Teaching Co.
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Cleveland Indians' ushers outside of Progressive Field. From Left to Right: Bill Voit, Peter Miksa, Lou Valazquez, Mike Routa, Rigoberto (``Rigo'') Reveron and Pablo Senquiz. Haven't we seen this movie before? Photo Credit: Yahoo Sports *** In with a bang, out with a whimper. That pretty much sums up the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DailyNewsGems
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Yes, it's that time of year again. On Thursday, the first round of the playoffs begins with the Boston Red Sox traveling to the Lone Star State to face the Houston Astros; while the New York Yankees (winner of the American League wild card game) storm into Northeast Ohio to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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A wonderful look at the life and times, ups and downs, and byways and highways of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, is beautifully chronicled by Sally Bedell Smith, a superb American historian, who has previously turned out biographies on Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, and Bill... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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Bruce Chadwick, former New York Daily News reporter, presents a breezy and colorful look inside the New York Police Department in the 19th century, before there was even a police force, when it was just a loose and disorganized group of blundering constables. In “Law & Disorder: The Chaotic Birth... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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Prince Charles, William (right) and Harry view floral tributes to the Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace after her death in 1997. Photo Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA August 31, just a few days from now, will mark the 20-year anniversary when Diana, Princess of Wales, was tragically killed in a car... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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Source: English Heritage. "We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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Photo Credit: Denver Post *** Exactly how do you swallow your news these days? Do you still prefer the morning newspaper print edition; or do you prefer to just reach for the remote and flip on CNN for finding out what’s going on in the world? Or are you like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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To channel Maureen Dowd, I always liked Kevin Spacey. When is Frank Underwood (portrayed by the remarkable Spacey) going to realize that the jig is up? I just finished watching season 5 of House of Cards on Netflix, and as expected, the Underwood’s are still very much alive and kicking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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For those hoping to understand why a seasoned political veteran like Hillary Clinton lost to a real estate mogul and reality TV star with little political experience, look no further than political reporters Jonathan Allen (Sidewire and Roll Call) and Amie Parnes (Hill Magazine) superb, well sourced, “Shattered: Inside Hillary... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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Jim Morin/Miami Herald Cartoon Despite circulation at U.S. newspapers dwindling at an accelerated clip, and editorial staffs continuing to absorb painful staff cuts, it is encouraging to know there remains spectacular journalism (and talented, hard-working journalists) being performed at both large and small U.S. daily newsrooms. The Pulitzer Board Administrator,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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"It's like Christmas, except it's warmer." --Pete Rose, on the thrill of Opening Day “You look forward to Opening Day like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.” -- Joe DiMaggio *** On Tuesday, under a brilliant blue sky (at least we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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“He’s gross, obscene, deceitful, and devious…a wonderful guy to write about.” So wrote Chicago Tribune sports writer Robert Marcus about, who else: Leo Ernest Leo Durocher, who was more commonly referred to as “Leo the Lip.” Durocher wouldn’t be slapped with the “Leo the Lip’’ nickname until he was with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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Congress convenes for opening session of the 115th Congress. Photo Credit: Washington Post *** The 115th Congress has been in session since January 4, and has been raring to go ever since. President Trump, in fact, has predicted that the upcoming term would be the "busiest Congress in decades, maybe... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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Nearly 75 years after Paris was liberated from its Nazi occupiers during World War II, we are still gathering fresh perspectives. Especially about women, thanks to journalists like Anne Sebba, who has written “Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation” Rather than bury... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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Illustration Credit: Andy Thomas Illustration Credit: Andy Thomas For the first time in 167 days, President-elect Donald Trump, just last week, held a press conference, which gave the American people a brief glimpse of what to expect from his administration in the coming months and years. As expected, he railed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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Photo Credit: NetFlix The Empire strikes back! Last month, it was confirmed that The Crown, the 10-part biographical drama television series, created and written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix has been commissioned for a second season. Filming, in fact, has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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Typically, in a year in review summary, there’s a truck load of stories to underscore, some tragic, some inspirational, some historic and a few just simply out of the ordinary. 2016 was no exception except that Donald J. Trump and his unconventional thrust to the U.S. presidency seemed to suck... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at DailyNewsGems
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November 8, 2016 will be the day that will live in infamy. When it first sunk in on Election Night that my worst fears were becoming a stinging reality: that Donald Trump, stunningly, was on the verge of capturing the U.S. presidency, I immediately took to Facebook to write that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at DailyNewsGems
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Source: New Yorker Archives So what's the moral of the story we take away from the bruising 2016 Presidential Election? If you degrade women (including referring to them as pigs, slobs and dogs), mock reporters with a disability, compare Mexican immigrants to rapists, call for a total and complete shutdown... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at DailyNewsGems
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Cleveland Indians' prized foot soldiers in their usher uniforms outside of Progressive Field ready for battle. From Left to Right: Bill Voit, Peter Miksa, Lou Valazquez, Mike Routa, Rigoberto (``Rigo'') Reveron and Pablo Senquiz. The sun will still come up tomorrow. Those were the sage words Plain Dealer sports copy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at DailyNewsGems
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With the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs splitting the first two games of the 112th World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland, the series now moves to the Windy City for the next three games, beginning Friday. So, as we anxiously await the critical Game 3 at Wrigley Field (winner... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at DailyNewsGems
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Neither snow nor rain, nor miniature drones, a bloody pinkie, or a depleted starting pitching rotation, can stop the 2016 Cleveland Indians. Amazingly, the journey continues. The Indians are back in the World Series for the first time since 1997. As they anxiously await the 112th World Series at Progressive... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at DailyNewsGems
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Paul Hoynes high heater took everyone by surprise. The award winning veteran baseball writer for Cleveland.com is getting walloped by readers (and at least two members of the Cleveland Indians) for writing after the Tribe's 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday that their post-season is over before it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at DailyNewsGems
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“The Book Hunters” — Collier’s magazine, 1909 He lacks the required temperament, he’s too erratic, a loose cannon, a walking time bomb, he lacks integrity and exhibits time and again poor judgment. These are just some, but certainly not all, of the character deficiencies attributed to Donald Trump, the Republican... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at DailyNewsGems
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The Alf Landon Bandwagon in front of Public Hall at the 1936 GOP Convention in Cleveland. Cleveland Public Library Photo This month, (July 18-21) the Republicans will be rolling into downtown Cleveland. It's really not much of a surprise that the city of Cleveland was selected to host the Republican... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at DailyNewsGems