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Nation Mourns: David Paterson Isn't First Blind Governor After All

Whatever, fraud.What Canadians call "L'affaire Spitzer" had one very happy patriotic outcome, in that America finally put its racism and misogyny behind it just long enough to say, "Yes We Can have a blind governor, in New York, as long as he isn't democratically elected or anything." And just like that, we had a blind governor, David Paterson. But what if the whole thing was a terrible fraud?


The Associated Press just put this "CORRECTIVE" on the news wire, and our hearts are full of sorrow, and our dreams have died:

p0632 BC-Spitzer-Prostitution CORRECTIVE 03-14 0117
3/14/2008
Correction: Spitzer Prostitution stories

Eds: Members who used BC-Spitzer-Prostitution, sent March 12-13, under New York or Albany datelines, are asked to use the following story. Moving on general news and financial services.

NEW YORK (AP) -- In March 12 and March 13 stories about New York Lt. Gov. David Paterson becoming the next governor following Eliot Spitzer's resignation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Paterson would be the nation's first blind governor. Bob Riley, who was legally blind, was governor of Arkansas for 11 days in 1975.








Take that, Paterson, you goddamned crook! Bob Riley did your act for eleven days back in 1975! It just figures that whoever replaced Eliot Spitzer would also be a no-good liar.

p0632 BC-Spitzer-Prostitution CORRECTIVE 03-14 0117 [Associated Press]

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Well, goddamn it, a wonderful person we'd never heard of until last night is dead. Lyra McKee was 29, an investigative journalist who specialized in looking at the legacy of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. She was murdered by someone shooting at police during rioting in Derry, or perhaps Londonderry, depending on who you want to piss off by using either name for the city. The rioting broke out after police "started carrying out searches in the area because of concerns that militant republicans were storing firearms and explosives" in advance of attacks planned to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Police are blaming the violence and McKee's death on the "New Irish Republican Army," a radical republican group formed a few years ago from several smaller groups. Despite the name, the group has no ties to the old Provisional Irish Republican Army, which renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which was supposed to have brought peace to Northern Ireland, and kind of did, at least much of the time.

McKee is being remembered by colleagues and readers as a promising journalist who was expected to go far. A year ago, McKee signed a two-book deal with Faber & Faber; the first of the books, The Lost Boys, an investigation of eight young men who disappeared in Belfast during the Troubles in the '60s and '70s, will be published next year. A 2016 Forbes profile said "McKee's passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about." For instance, CNN reports, McKee spent five years investigating a story about the only rape crisis center in Northern Ireland and its long struggle to regain funding after the government eliminated it.

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