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This scientist understands the power of a “news peg.” What will people be talking about? Figure that out, and you have a hook for teaching physics, and lots of other things. Add “global warming” and you get lots of hits.

Nathan is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After a long career doing collisions of subatomic particles, he now spends his time studying the collision of ash with cowhide. He maintains an oft-visited website devoted to all things related to the physics of baseball: go.illinois.edu/physicsofbaseball.

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“Hopefully” is worth a story?

I was in New Orleans when it happened April 13, when the powers that be at the Associated Press announced that “hopefully” was OK to use however anybody wanted. The audience of American Copy Editors Society members may have been the only group in America who even knew that “hopefully” had standards of usage. But I was hungry for lunch. Maybe my news judgment was skewed by my hunger. I didn’t find that style rule change to be worth a story in the Washington Post. Hmm. The 225 commenters (so far) couldn’t be all wrong, I hope.

AP’s approval of ‘hopefully’ symbolizes larger debate over language – The Washington Post.

Headline was verified

“Headless body in topless bar” killer denied parole – chicagotribune.com.

Great headline in print in the New York Post in 1983 also works for the Web because the words are specific. The Tribune story said the Newsday headline read “Night of Terror.” That worked on a newspaper page with the context of other words and pictures, but it is too general for a good match in a search engine.

The story goes that the New York Post sent a staff member to verify that the bar had topless dancing. The Poynter story explains it.

Paraphrase falls short

King’s words, all of them, to be restored – The Washington Post.

The Post story explains that the inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial will be edited — a difficult job in granite.

If you listen to the entire sermon titled “The Drum Major Instinct,” you hear how insufficient the inscribed paraphrase is to capture the extended metaphor of the sermon. The other problem is point of view: King is saying what he would have others say about him; the inscription makes it sound as though he were saying those  words about himself. It’s all clear if you listen to the sermon.

What other words from the sermon might have been used for the memorial inscription?

At Penn State, crisis management meant monitoring social media – Campus Overload – The Washington Post

Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post writes:

Behind the scenes, top-level Penn State officials closely monitored the publicity and tried to control their messaging, according to memos obtained by the Associated Press through a public records request filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as Penn State is largely exempt from state open records laws.

Read more: At Penn State, crisis management meant monitoring social media – Campus Overload – The Washington Post.