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Archive for December, 2008

It was a smaller crowd than hoped for, but hundreds of folks nonetheless made it to downtown Beverly for the city’s New Year celebration. The Salem News was the title sponsor for the family-themed event, which culminated in the beach ball drop from the upper levels of the Beverly National Bank at 7 p.m. I [...]

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One of my favorite year-end lists comes from the folks at Lake Superior State University, who put together the “List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.” The school in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula selected 15 entries from about 5,000 nominations of words and phrases that need to [...]

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When we last discussed comments, The Salem News had just instituted a new policy aimed at cutting down on the number of abusive posts on our Web site. The new policy asks users to register in order to see their comments added to the bottom of stories at once. Unregistered users can still comment but [...]

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Do you Twitter?

Breaking news and other updates from The Salem News are now available to Twitter users. Twitter is a Web service that allows users to post short messages — 140 characters or less — to update their followers on what they’re doing. People send and receive these updates through the Web, cell phone text messages or [...]

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Here’s a link I have to pass on. Canadian freelance journalist Craig Silverman combs newspapers worldwide for the best and worst of newspaper corrections for his site, Regret the Error. Newspapers make mistakes, and the vast majority try hard to correct their errors. And those of us in the business pray we’ll never be found [...]

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Best wishes from overseas

Alert readers (viewers?) may have noticed a recent addition to the Salem News Web site, salemnews.com. With the help of the Army and Air Force Hometown News service, we are able to share holiday greetings from local soldiers stationed overseas. The news service also provides newspapers with updates on soldiers’ lives — promotions, transfers and [...]

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