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Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us.

We will miss him terribly.

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The Laughing Stock of Boston

After Tom Menino's yellowbacked performance yesterday, the city quietly accepted Turner's apology.

What needs to be understood about terrorism in the US is that our greatest protection from Al Qaeda is the muslim community. While there may be some Muslims who harbor sympathy towards AQ, most want nothing to do with them. Exponentially more muslims serve in the US Army than have been arrested for terrorism.

The CIA has made it much harder to operate in the US by going after finances and other operations they don't announce. Remember, the AQ attackers didn't trust Americans. What is left is bitter British teens and goofballs.

What the Boston authorities did was show exactly how unprepared they were for a real
terrorist attack. If they had been bombs, people would have died, because the media announced that the BPD was pulling them down. A bomber would have certainly triggered the remaining ones.

I would hope that after Menino changes his drawers, he sees how badly his city handled this. If they were real bombs, they would now understand what New York does about mass funerals.

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