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  • Fact-checking the war comparisons between Obama and Bush

    This story originally appeared on the PunditFact website. is republishing with permission.

    The irony of President Barack Obama, Nobel Prize winner and putative anti-war candidate, launching extensive airstrikes in Syria, quickly led to comparisons with his predecessor, President George W. Bush.

    President Barack Obama walks with former President George W. Bush during the unveiling of his official portraits in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    PunditFact heard two different comparisons in recent days that we thought we were worth exploring.

    Ryan Lizza, Washington correspondent for the New Yorker summed it up in one tweet.

    "Countries bombed: Obama 7, Bush 4."

    That’s True.

    We asked Lizza for his list and he sent us this:

    Bush: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia.… Read more

  • Here’s how to use Snapchat (and how not to use Snapchat)

    One packed session from ONA14 was Mobile Bootcamp: Snapchat. Masuma Ahuja, digital editor of The Washington Post, led the session on the social tool that doesn’t drive traffic to stories. Instead, it helps reporters and news organizations build and be part of communities.

    Before we get any further, a quick primer on Snapchat: Here are the basics on getting started (and what all those icons mean.)

    Now, let’s start with how not to use Snapchat:

    – Don’t think it’s like anything else.

    “It’s not Twitter, it’s not Instagram,” Ahuja said.

    Instead, people have to accept an invitation from you, and you then become part of their selected group.

    “I think of it as building a community there,” Ahuja said. “They treat us as their weird friend who talks about politics.”

    On Instagram, she said, you can see you’re one of 20,000.… Read more

  • Why is Ebola capitalized? And how do you say it?

    FILE – This undated file image made available by the CDC shows the Ebola Virus. As a deadly Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa, health officials are working to calm fears that the virus easily spreads, while encouraging those with symptoms to get medical care. (AP Photo/CDC, File)

    After all, flu isn’t capitalized, and neither are chickenpox or measles.

    Here’s why:

    (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

    According to the World Health Organization, Ebola “first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.”

    And how do you pronounce it?… Read more

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Alexander F. "Casey" Jones

Herald-Journal / Herald American

Alexander F. "Casey" Jones has been described by those who knew him as "a giant of a newspaperman," and "a real tough pro." Whatever anyone thought of him, no one ever doubted his high professional and journalistic standards.

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