Here in Rochester, many famed industries were started as many of you know. One of them being Bausch & Lomb. It’s founders both lived here.
On Memorial day in 1932 a monument was constructed and dedicated for Henry Lomb honoring his service in the American Civil War. Lomb served as a sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. The monument sets in a meridian on Upper Falls Blvd and St. Paul street in front of the original Bausch & Lomb plant.
For over 30 years the lights were turned off for unknown reasons. But recently, just last Monday (Memorial day) thanks to donations from local merchants, the lights were back on.
It’s nice to see history continually honored as it should be.
2. Putin Partially Pulls Out – Reportedly Russian President Vladimir Putin decided he does not want to keep playing with fire in the ancient nation of Syria.
Reports are that the Russian strongman is ordering troops out of Syria, which has been bogged down for more than half a decade in civil war.
“The task that was set before our defence ministry and armed forces has as a whole been completed and so I order the defence ministry to from tomorrow start the withdrawal of the main part of our military contingents from the Syrian Arab Republic,” Putin told Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu in televised comments.
Meanwhile peace talks, or at least a truce, have racheted up in Geneva, Switzerland among the powers-that-be, rebels and the Syrian government.
3. Fatal Ambush – A Maryland police officer was killed when a man attacked a police station on Friday.
Three brothers have been arrested in the attack. The gunman is reported to have “intended to die during a gun battle with police,” according to the police department.
“He fired one shot, and then he started pacing back and forth, then fired another shot,” said Lascelles Grant, a nurse. Police then poured out of the station, she said. “Just looking outside, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, look at all these police officers running out, putting their lives really in danger.’“
4. Derailed! – An Amtrak train bound for Chicago derailed in Kansas, injuring 32 passengers. By noon 29 of the injured had been released from the hospital.
Seven cars left the track in southwestern Kansas early this morning.
The Associated Press reported that a U.S. government official who asked not to be named said an engineer noticed a significant bend in a rail ahead and hit the emergency brakes before the train derailed.
5. DeVry Suspended – The Veterans Administration has pulled the rug on DeVry University.
The school may longer participate n a program that identifies schools doing a good job of serving former troops, in light of a federal lawsuit accusing the for-profit chain of misleading consumers about the employment and earnings of its graduates in advertisements.
10. Cutting Risk – Staying active, according to a new study, can cut the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 50%.
“Any type of physical activity that burns calories — from jogging to gardening to walking to dancing — is associated with more gray matter in the brain,” said lead researcher Dr. Cyrus Raji. He is a postdoctoral researcher in radiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“The most important thing is that it’s regular,” Raji said.
Good morning everyone! Right now in Rochester it’s 18 degrees, a bit chilly. We have a freezing rain warning in until 3 this afternoon. Next week, Wed./Thur., we might be visited by another storm. We don’t have any hard confirmation at this time, and it may bypass us. Have a great Friday!
Here’s the Governors alert about the great storm upcoming. Here in the upstate, Rochester, we ave a bit on the ground. Temperatures in the mid 20’s, but no blast of the storm yet. I hope not!
It was exactly one year ago today when I penned the following article.
How prescient this article was I did not know at the time. Yet one year later we have the answer to the question posed in the title.
The start of a new year often signals the start of new ideas, new programs, new web site designs. Such is the case of international news giant CNN.
Over the weekend, the network launched a new web design. The design is ascetically appealing. It seems geared toward our more mobile-dependent society.
The design also appears to have signaled a turn in CNN’s experiement with “citizen journalism”.
Where once the network’s user community, iReport, was prominently displayed with a link on the top banner, the ability to easily identify and locate the user submissions of articles, images and opinions is mch more difficult. Buried at the very bottom is a link. You can also click on “Opinions” to find a link.
For members of the community there has been much frustration. Another issue is having to constantly sign in when navigating the site.
Over the past year, there has been less interaction from Team iReport and the community at large. Where once there was a weekly roundtable it devolved to monthly to being non-existant in the past year.
The activity on iReport, for the uninformed, may be best described as submissions to a local newspaper “Lifestyle” section and “Letters to the Editor”. On occasion users also submit “breaking news” when being in the right place at the right time to capture images or videos of local news which had national or international impact.
The community is a type of social network geared toward what is called “citizen journalism”. It is not journalism in the traditional sense. It is the users’ take on the news.
Submissions deemed “approved” or “vetted” by the Team have been part of the fare offered up to fill gaps in programming on CNN International. At times those images, videos or even commentary have made the way onto the US market of the news giant.
I am one of those iReport community members who have been fortunate enough to have been interviewed on CNN and on HLN, the network’s sister channel. What led to those interviews were my political opinion reports on iReport.
Over the last year and a half or so since the 2012 presidential election, interaction with the community seems to have become less and less. While I have continued to have a very good relationship with the Team, not all iReporters have been so pleased.
Along with the new web design rollout, the new year brought the departure of iReport Community leader, Katie Garr-Hawkins. Katie has moved on to another venture in Florida and not with CNN. This had many in the community wondering last month about what would happen with iReport.
With the web design and the difficulty in locating iReport, members are now asking if CNN is signalling that its experiment is over.
With the 2016 presidential run soon to start in earnest, will CNN rethink its position on iReport?
Will CNN later in the year close the doors on the community?
From the Cornfield, so many questions and no answers at this juncture.
If the site layout is an indication along with the lack of communication between the community and Team iReport, are we seeing the end of a short-lived era of active user participation on CNN?
Mr. Snowman is getting nervous. Due to the weather, he feels he may not be here to celebrate with Mark and the worldwide bureaus. He feels he might just melt away. He’s been hitting the bottle lately due to depression. As of this interview with him, it’s 48 degrees.