Your Virtual Front Page, Thursday, October 23, 2014

Just because you haven’t had one in awhile, and I felt like it would do you good:

  1. Harrell pleads guilty, looks toward future as informant ( — Yeah, this has already been covered, but it’s still today’s lede story.
  2. Both Ebola nurses now doing much better (People, Yahoo) — Some of this is a day or two old, but I haven’t seen it on any front pages, and it seems like high-interest news to me. Nina Pham’s condition has been upgraded from “fair” to “good,” while Amber Vinson has actually been declared free of the disease! Seems like this isn’t getting the play that their initial infection got. Meanwhile, a doctor has been hospitalized in New York with Ebola-like symptoms.
  3. Evidence shows Islamic State used chlorine gas (WashPost) — Until now, this was one atrocity that they apparently had not yet committed.
  4. Canadian Police Say Ottawa Attack Was by Lone Gunman (NYT) — We’re used to “lone gunmen” in this country, but it seems like that’s one American cultural import Canada could have done without.
  5. Dogs helped stop White House jumper (WashPost) — Maybe they should put a dog in charge of the Secret Service.
  6. Dreher, Camden banned from football playoffs ( — Not Earth-shattering, perhaps, but it seemed like a good local talker. This is because of a postgame fight between the two schools last Friday.
Hurricane, left, and Jordan -- the dogs who got the job done, protecting the White House.

Hurricane, left, and Jordan — the dogs who got the job done, protecting the White House.

14 thoughts on “Your Virtual Front Page, Thursday, October 23, 2014

  1. Brad Warthen Post author

    If the doctor in New York just diagnosed with Ebola gets better — and I hope and pray he does — will that be largely ignored the way the recoveries of the two nurses has been?

    1. Kathryn Fenner

      You know that there’s no news in “you won’t die of Ebola, but get a flu shot and wash your hands well.”

          1. Brad Warthen Post author

            Which is SMART.

            That’s why I was wondering why no one was making a big deal over these women getting better. If you’re POTUS for instance, you want to celebrate it in order to reduce the national hysteria.

            So I’m glad to see that…

            1. Bryan Caskey

              You know, I haven’t seen any “national hysteria” about the Ebola thing. I haven’t seen any reports of people going out and buying lots of….whatever it is you would buy in an Ebola panic. I haven’t seen any mass exodus, any crazy stuff, any protests.

              All I see is talking heads saying “Everyone calm down” and I can’t help but thinking We’re all calm out here, bro. Who are you talking to? Most people even talking about the Ebola thing are joking about it.

              Or am I alone on my island of Ebloa scoffing?

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