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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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Jo Public: "JOE KLEIN on Obama and Sharpton"

Takes no guff

thanks to Jo Public for this good grab from Joe Klein's TIME blog - THANKS JO!

You know, being a white girl from Bensonhurst, I tend not to actively participate in discussions on race -- only because I know I'm not the most knowledgeable person on the subject. So in the past, when discussions would crop up here about, say, Barack Obama or Al Sharpton, I preferred to simply read what Steve, Lower Manhattanite and others have to say. I figured they're much better informed than I am, and if I shut up, I'll learn a thing or two. And I HAVE learned, and I appreciate it.

But those days are over. Everyone here can get outta the way. Because JOE KLEIN's on it.


Sharpton, obviously aggrieved by Obama's good press, says "Why shouldn't the black community ask questions? Are we now being told, 'You all just shut up?'"

No, just you, Al.

Well, I guess Sharpton has no choice but to shut up now. Because Joe Klein said he should. And what Joe Klein says, you know, matters and all.

- posted by Jo Public

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