Rose Associates manages Stuytown, the residential complex at the edge of the East Village, where some residents have complained about transients and bedbugs coming in through the site. The residence’s manager, Rose Associates, has declared Airbnb-ing illegal and says it is “aggressively” pursuing legal action against residents who rent their apartments through the site.
“We are directing our efforts at the tenants,” he said. “To attempt to control the actions of websites with which we have no relationship or connection would not be a productive activity.”
The Globe Publisher Michael Beatty was quoted by the paper as saying employees began reporting for work minutes after the tornado hit, redoing Monday morning’s edition and making it to the press just one hour late.
“It was amazing,” Beatty said in the story. “These people came in who had lost their homes completely. But they were just dedicated to their jobs, to getting the story out.”
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I’m going to write this in a stream of consciousness, the same way I experienced Joplin.
It was my first time covering — more accurately, trying to cover — a disaster. The National desk knows I am a weather geek, so I came close to covering the tornadoes in North Carolina in April, and then the tornadoes in Alabama earlier this month. But the timing wasn’t right.
This time, it was. I was awake at 2 a.m. for a 6 a.m. ET flight to Chicago on Monday morning, just 12 hours after the tornado struck in Joplin. While in the air, I wondered if I should volunteer to go there. When I landed, I looked at the departure board and saw that a flight was leaving for Kansas City in 45 minutes. On a whim, I walk-ran to the gate and asked if I could buy a standby ticket. The agent said yes.
Two calls to New York later, I booked the 8 a.m. CT flight. I told the National desk that I’d be in Joplin at noon local time. I had no maps, no instructions, no boots. I had a notebook but no pen.
What I learned: always carry extra pens.
My cell phone was dying, but I reserved a car online before take-off. On the flight, I wrote a blog post about Oprah.
I was in the rental car at 9:45 and on the highway three minutes later. 176 miles to go, fueled by granola bars purchased at Whole Foods the day before. On the way, there was a conference call with the National desk. I was to travel to the ruined hospital and try to interview doctors, patients and other survivors. My worry, of course, was that the survivors would be far away from the hospital.
Monica Davey, a Times correspondent in Chicago, texted me the hospital address. My iPhone, now charging through my laptop, showed the way. But as I approached Joplin, cell service began to degrade.
I’m aware that what I’m going to say next will probably sound petty, given the scope of the tragedy I was witnessing. But the lack of cell service was an all-consuming problem. Rescue workers and survivors struggled with it just as I did.
What I learned: It’s easy to scoff at the suggestion that satisfactory cell service is a matter of national security and necessity. But I won’t scoff anymore. If I were planning a newsroom’s response to emergencies, I would buy those backpacks that have six or eight wireless cards in them, all connected to different cell tower operators, thereby upping the chances of finding a signal at any given time.
This is my first time coming upon a natural disaster as a reporter. I suppose my instinct should be “first, do no harm.”
Entering Joplin, I drove along 32nd Street, the south side of the devastated neighborhood, getting my bearings, wondering if it was safe to drive over power lines, looking for a place to leave my car. I parked a block from the south side of the hospital and approached on foot, taking as many pictures as possible, knowing I’d need them later to remember what I was seeing.
I tried to talk to a couple of nurses. They said they were not allowed to.
I started trying to upload pictures to Instagram. It sometimes took what seemed like ten minutes of refreshing to upload just one picture.
What I learned: In areas with spotty service, Instagram and Twitter apps need to be able to auto-upload until the picture or tweets gets out. (I’m sure there’s a technical term for this.)
I walked to 26th Street, north of the hospital, where the satellite trucks had piled up, and found The Weather Channel crew that had arrived in Joplin just after the storm. After interviewing the crew, we watched the search of a flattened house. That’s when I was able to see the extent of the damage to the neighborhood for the first time.
Part of me thought, “This is a television story more than a print story.” It was an appeal to the heart more than the brain.
I started trying to tweet everything I saw — the search of the rubble pile, the sounds coming from the hospital, the dazed look on peoples’ faces.
Multiple sites, including the Daily Beast and Jezebel, have picked up Koerner’s story. Koerner is definitely not alone: It seems that this sort of thing has been going on since at least…2001. Both Koerner and Urban Outfitters have been contacted for comment.
Updated: Rich Tong, fashion director at Tumblr, has been in touch with Urban Outfitters’ PR team, who have apparently reached out to Koerner and “begun the process of pulling the items from UO.com.” We’ll continue to update as the story progresses.
The effort could pay off in a big way if Facebook succeeds in devising features that would allow its members to pay for access to third-party music services using its online currency, Credits, said David Kirkpatrick, the author of “The Facebook Effect.”
“Music could be a gold mine, just like games have been a gold mine,” Mr. Kirkpatrick said.
Reports of Facebook’s talks with Spotify have surfaced repeatedly on technology blogs, leading to speculation that Facebook would work with the service to create a music channel. But people with knowledge of Facebook’s strategy say the company never wanted to tie itself to a single music service, preferring instead to work with multiple partners.
“It’s surprising to come to France and find something so deeply American going on. In the United States, for the last 30 years, we’ve been trapped in an ideology that says that we should regulate by getting business together and ask them what is good public policy. We’ve done that in the United States to our great detriment. The financial crisis brought about by deregulation pushed on the American government by financial interests who benefited and then brought the economy down. And in every other area of Internet policy we see the same thing we have no broadband as Bankler’s report for the Berkman Center demonstrates, we have no penetration, no effect of broadband in the United States because of a strong policy of deregulation that the American government bought, and it bought because the only people they cared to listen to were business. So to come to France, and to see an event like this, where the presumption of the President is ”Get the biggest businesses together and ask them what the future of the internet should be” is astonishing, it’s just… You know, I did a little bit of French philosophy, but I don’t remember the French philosopher who said “ Public policy is best devised by asking the businesses to draw up the public policy.” That doesn’t sound very French to me. So I’d love to come back to the Paris that I loved before, which is not the American version of Paris, but the French version of Paris, by a reminder that they are more interests than the interest of business. Business is important, and in business there is a division between the incumbents and the innovators and we have to keep that division alive.”—Lawrence Lessig
My heart sank a little bit. The World/United States of Love line that I created is one of the reasons that I was able to quit my full-time job. They even stole the item name as well as some of my copy.
I’m very disappointed in Urban Outfitters. I know they have stolen designs from plenty of other artists. I understand that they are a business, but it’s not cool to completely rip off an independent designer’s work.
I’ll no longer be shopping at any of their stores [they also own Free People & Anthropologie], and I’m going to do my best from here on out to support independent designers & artists.
Please feel free to pass this link on. I really appreciate all the support & love I’ve received today.
Hello! I know your blog is a popular source of news for many Tumblr users (including myself!!), and I was hoping that maybe you could share the story of my good friend's brother, who is currently struggling against his high school (and now, his entire town of Bastrop, LA) for including prayer in their graduation commencement ceremony.
You can read about his story here:
http://www.bastropenterprise.com/features/x2132687894/Student-challenges-prayer-at-Bastrop-graduation (the original article from his town of Bastrop)
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/05/standard_small_town_saga.php (article by an atheist with a message from Damon)
I believe the Daily Show will be featuring him soon (or so I’ve heard from my friend), but I am still trying to spread the news to as many people as possible so that people still understand the climate of religion in the South.
Thanks for being such a fast news source! I really enjoy your blog,
Over the past few years, the Citizen Lab has proven to be a shining beacon of cyber investigation, exposing a number of extensive cyber espionage efforts. In 2009, Mr. Deibert’s team uncovered the GhostNet cyber spy ring originating from China, which was found to be tapping into foreign embassies around the world, NATO operations in Germany and the Dalai Lama’s headquarters in India and the United States.
Thanks to a lack of appetite for the prosecution of hackers and cyber criminals around the world, cybercrime is thriving in many emerging areas of cyberspace, Mr. Deibert said, indicating that the lack of prosecution for cybercrime “makes one wonder if there’s been a de facto decriminalization going on.”
Journalists the world over are struggling to cope with a social and mobile tsunami of ‘user generated content’, to use an increasingly inadequate phrase. Twitter and YouTube will overwhelm news organisations who can’t master their potential.
A common mistake for those seeking to cope with this profound disruption is to confuse technology with innovation. Algorithms, apps and search tools help make data useful but they can’t replace the value judgements at the core of journalism.
Genuine innovation requires a fundamental shift in how journalists think about their role in a changed world. To begin with, they need to get used to being ‘curators’; sorting news from the noise on the social web using smart new tools and good old fashioned reporting skills.