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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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Sometimes, it’s impossible to burn bridges. With Sen. Edward Kennedy having passed away nearly 10 years ago, and the tragedy of Chappaquiddick nearly 50 years old, you’d think the scandal that erupted after that muggy July weekend in 1969 would be but a distant memory by now. But like a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Teachers and staff of Clifton Independent School District in Clifton, Texas take the Concealed Handgun Permit training from Big Iron. Big Iron is owned and operated by Johnny Price. February 7, 2013. Photo Credit : Lance Rosenfield/Prime *** Here’s a disturbing statistic. Since 2013, there have been more than 300... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Jack Hannahan, who is proud of his Irish heritage, played third base for the Cleveland Indians from 2011-2012. *** With St Patrick’s Day right around the corner; and the start of the Major League Baseball season only 21 days away , I thought this might be a good time to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Pete Hamill and Jack Newfield once wrote that the three most evil men of the 20th century were, “Hitler, Stalin, and Walter O’Malley.” O’Malley, of course, was the brute of an owner, who moved Brooklyn’s beloved Dodgers to L.A. after the 1957 season. Now, we may have to update the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Pulitzer Prize historian Gordon S. Wood, in “Friends Divided” does a superb job of pitting the ideas, principles, and different versions of their ideal governments against one another in order to explain to the reader, why Thomas Jefferson might be more remembered and affectionately thought of today than John Adams.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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President Kennedy and Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. in the Oval Office of the White House, July 26, 1962. Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum *** Historian Richard Aldous presents a remarkably well-balanced and informative, biography of one of the preeminent historians of the modern age, Arthur Schlesinger Jr.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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“The Post,” Steven Spielberg’s political thriller of a film, centering on the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, initially by the New York Times, then the Washington Post, appears to be a smash hit. Over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the film generated $18.6 million from North... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Tina Brown and Vanity Fair staffers review the latest layout of an upcoming editon. Photo Credit: Tina Brown What do you remember about the 1980s? The decade that ushered in Ronald Reagan and his vision of a shining “city on a hill”; the Cinderella story of an assistant nursery school... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Put the Oscar on ice for Gary Oldman. I spent a cold Christmas afternoon, taking in “Darkest Hour,” English film director Joe Wright’s brilliant depiction of Winston Churchill during the early stages of World War II, specifically, May, 1940, when a menacing Nazi Germany loomed large and all seemed lost.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Prize winning author Ron Chernow (previously, “Washington, a Life”, “Hamilton”) turned out an exhaustive, meticulously researched, and splendidly written biography on Ulysses S. Grant in “Grant.” While absorbing intimate details of Grant’s courageous and bold leadership as 6th Commanding General of the U.S. Army in the Civil War, with critical... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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Me Too marchers gather at Hollywood and Highland. Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) 2017 has been a tumultuous year, to be sure. Ever since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th U.S. President on January 20,th the news cycle has endured a cataclysmic year, from the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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It came out of the blue like a hurricane. Matt Lauer, a fixture on NBC’s Today Show since 1994, was canned by NBC Wednesday for a sexual misconduct allegation. According to a company press release later that day, NBC had strong reason to believe it may not have been an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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American biographer and author, Mary Dearborn, turned out a masterful biography on Ernest Hemingway, American novelist, short story writer, beginning with the launching of his celebrated writing career as a young precocious reporter for the Kansas City Star (including foreign correspondent for the Toronto Star) through winning a Pulitzer Prize... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at DailyNewsGems
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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 Oct 17, 2017 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