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Bill Lucey
News Researcher; Writer.
Interests: Reading, blogging, listening to history lectures (Great Courses) from the Teaching Co.
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Caitlin Clark helped advance the Iowa Hawkeyes to the national championship game in back-to-back seasons. Photo Credit: Matthew Holst/Getty Images *** Caitlin Clark Fever, it seems, has taken the country by storm. We’re in the first round of the NBA playoffs, first month of the MLB season, and it’s NFL... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2024 at DailyNewsGems
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Catherine, Princess of Wales, announced in a video on Friday, March 22, 2024, that she has been diagnosed with a form of cancer. Photo Credit: BBC *** “Time, space, and privacy,” are words unfamiliar to members of a prying press and its voyeuristic mass audience. But “time, space, and privacy”... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2024 at DailyNewsGems
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Photo Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio *** If you live in Cleveland, without question, you’re anxiously awaiting April 8, which is, lo and behold, only a month away. Normally, those in Cleveland would be counting down the days to the Cleveland Guardians’ home opener on April 8, when they’ll play... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2024 at DailyNewsGems
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Photo Credit: Netflix *** I finally got around to watching “Maestro” on Netflix, Bradley Cooper’s brilliant and mesmerizing portrayal of American conductor, composer, and pianist, Leonard Bernstein, arguably one of the most celebrated conductors of the 20th century. I can easily see why Bradley Cooper is being hyped as an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2024 at DailyNewsGems
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People salvage some belongings from a damaged building following Israeli bombing on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo Credit: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images *** What have been the biggest stories of the year? Ever since the first week of October, the Israeli-Hamas war has consumed the bulk of the news... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2023 at DailyNewsGems
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Veteran journalist, Adam Nagourney, (a New York Times’ staff writer since 1996), undertook a mighty tall order; chronicling The New York Times during some of its most tumultuous years of its 172-year history, roughly from 1977, through the election of Donald Trump in 2016. The finished product was titled “The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2023 at DailyNewsGems
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The flavor of the day seems to be nicknames! It’s becoming abundantly clear that we live in an age of nicknames, labels, and sobriquets, especially in the political arena: “Crooked Hillary,” (Hillary Clinton) “Sleepy Joe,” (Joe Biden) “Ron de Sanctimonious” (Ron DeSantis); and from across the pond, “Captain Hindsight” (former... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2023 at DailyNewsGems
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“A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.” --Abraham Lincoln, September... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2023 at DailyNewsGems
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Plaques of numbers retired by the New York Yankees in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. Photo Source: Wikipedia *** As of 2023, the New York Yankees have won 27 championships; so, it’s probably not much of a surprise that they’ve also retired 22 player numbers, the most in baseball. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2023 at DailyNewsGems
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The House of Representatives holds a vote on speaker of the House on Jan. 3, the first day of the 118th Congress. Photo Credit: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images *** How well do you know your Congress? On January 3, the legislative branch of the United States federal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2023 at DailyNewsGems
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History appears to be staring us in the face. While President Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin lock horns over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, historians remind us that it wasn’t all that long ago when two other East vs. West leaders flexed their muscles and came eye-ball-to-eyeball, each waiting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2023 at DailyNewsGems
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People walk near a destroyed tank and damaged buildings in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine Photo Credit: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters *** Floral tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II are seen in Green Park in London on Sept. 10, 2022, two days after she died at the age of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2022 at DailyNewsGems
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The Royal Family during the Trooping the Colour Photo Credit: Rex Features *** The reports of the British Monarchy’s death have been greatly exaggerated. That became abundantly clear over the past two weeks while the world (especially Britain) was in mourning over the death of their beloved Queen Elizabeth II,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2022 at DailyNewsGems
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A hearty round of applause goes to Julian Fellowes who knocked one out of the park, yet again. The second movie spinoff of Downton Abbey hit the theaters a few weeks ago and is being met with mostly favorable reviews. As of June 17, 2022, “Downton Abbey: A New Era”... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2022 at DailyNewsGems
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Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, John Cazale Photo Credit: Everett Collection *** Lost in the sheer madness during the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, was an epic milestone in motion picture history. The Godfather, the 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola celebrated its 50-year anniversary.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2022 at DailyNewsGems
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Ukrainians desperately trying to board trains at Kyiv-Pasazhyrskyi Central Station. Photo Credit: Pete Kiehart/The Guardian/BuzzFeed *** Over a week into Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, turmoil and bloodshed remains, with residents of Kyiv rushing to the train station in order to escape Russia’s wrath. More than one million Ukrainians have been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2022 at DailyNewsGems
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That Julian Fellowes is at it again. The screenplay writer of the Academy Award winning film “Gosford Park” and creator, writer, and executive producer of the Award-Winning PBS series “Downton Abbey” recently premiered (January 24th) on HBO with his latest period piece: “The Gilded Age,” a miniseries set in New... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2022 at DailyNewsGems
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President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden face off in Cleveland, Ohio for the first 2020 presidential debate. Photo Credit: Associated Press *** If you haven’t heard by now, Republicans have gotten their dander up over how presidential debates are run, railing they’re blatantly unfair, such as their chief... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2022 at DailyNewsGems
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Rep. Liz Cheney, one of two Republicans on the new select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection. Photo Credit: CNN *** “The true democracy, living and growing and inspiring, puts its faith in the people — faith that the people will not simply elect men who will represent their views... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
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A mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump climb through a window they broke as they storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo Credit: Leah Millis/Reuters *** Remarkably, most of us made it through 2021 in one piece with our Republic still intact despite an unprecedented Capitol Hill insurrection,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
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Final vote tally for H.R. 3684-Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Image Credit: House Television via AP *** If there is agreement on nothing else in Washington, the one area, you would think, that we can all agree on is how bad (downright deplorable) the crumbling roads and bridges are in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
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*** British statesman, writer, historian, and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1940-1945), Winston Churchill, once famously said, “history will be kind to me for I intend to write it." Well, history hasn’t been very kind to Winston Churchill lately, because a trend is in progress with revisionists and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
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Cleveland Browns quarterback, Baker Mayfield, absorbs a punishing sack from Arizona Cardinals defensive end, J.J. Watt Photo Credit: Brownswire.USAToday.com *** Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is as tough and resilient as they come. There’s simply no quit in this unconquerable Texas native who’s in his fourth year as the Browns... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
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President Joe Biden speaking on the situation in Afghanistan and on the response to Tropical Storm Henri on August 22, 2021. Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images *** History wasn’t going to repeat itself on Joe Biden’s watch. At least not if he had anything to do with it.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2021 at DailyNewsGems
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Ethel and Julius Rosenberg in 1951. Photo Credit: Not provided. *** British author and journalist, Anne Sebba, who has written biographies on some shadowy British figures, including Jennie Churchill and Wallis Simpson, among others, traveled across the Atlantic to explore one of the most controversial characters of them all in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2021 at DailyNewsGems