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Delta Weighs in on United’s PR Nightmare

2017-04-17 by Ronn Torossian
Delta Weighs in on United’s PR Nightmare

It’s been a rough week or two for United Airlines, and that opened up a prime opportunity for another airline to cash in and grab some clients. Enter Delta. After the debacle of the “volunteer” getting dragged off a United Flight, one of the biggest questions being asked is, “Why didn’t they just offer them some cash to see if anyone was willing to take a few bucks to stay an extra few hours in the airport?” United still hasn’t answered that question, but Delta beat them to the punch. Directly on the heels of the United PR disaster, Delta... Read More >

Amtrak Delayed Repairs Anger Commuters in NJ and NYC

2017-04-13 by Jason Tannahill
Amtrak Delayed Repairs Angers Commuters in NJ and NYC

Nobody likes it when the way they get to work is under repair. They like it even less when it takes longer than they anticipated, and communication isn’t what it could be. The past week has been a long one for rail commuters in NYC, as Amtrak officials conducted repair work on track damaged by a derailment. And this work reflected why delays in one area of a rail line can create a cascade of frustration for commuters at many different other stops along the track. The past few days were very frustrating for commuters who were not able to... Read More >

Amid Controversy, NYPD Deploys Body Cameras

2017-04-13 by Richard D. Pace
Amid Controversy, NYPD Deploys Body Cameras

A lot has been said and written about police body cameras in recent years, and now the NYC media and residents will get a first-hand chance to weigh in. A recent Associated Press report said that the NYPD is about to deploy the first body cameras in the city to its officers very soon. The cameras are meant to serve as an accountability option, but implementing the program was not as simple as some might assume. First, the department had to determine when the cameras would be switched on, when to inform the public they are being recorded and how... Read More >

Power Ranger Headed to Prison

2017-04-07 by Jason Tannahill
Power Ranger Headed to Prison

For a generation of American kids, most who are now adults, the Power Rangers were the ultimate superhero team. The color-coded ninjas with their powerful “zords” wreaked havoc on a universe of evil while their teenage alter egos wrestled with typical adolescent angst. Now, all that adventure is coming to the big screen, and the advertisements are everywhere … but that’s not the only Power Ranger in the headlines. Ricardo Medina, Jr., who played the Red Ranger on Power Rangers Wild Force in 2002 and voiced Deker on Power Rangers Samurai in 2011 and 2012, was recently sentenced to six... Read More >

Google Swears It Has Fixed the Android Security Flaws

2017-03-31 by Aaron Sarno
Google swears it has fixed the Android security flaws

Internet security is a hot topic these days. Especially after reports that the CIA has been hacked. But those headlines tended to overshadow another claim that Wikileaks made … and claim that had a lot of smartphone users worried. According to the hacktivists, they had uncovered and exploited a flaw in the security of the Android smartphone operating system as well as the Google Chrome search engine.  Not more than 36 hours later, Google was all over the press claiming to have completed and installed a “fix” to the problem. But that was a long day and a half for... Read More >

Penn State Case Goes to the Jury

2017-03-29 by Aaron Sarno
Penn State Case Goes to the Jury

It was the case that ruined a reputation and nearly destroyed one of the top college football programs in the nation. And it’s still in court, which means negative headlines popping up for Penn State time and again. Jerry Sandusky, the longtime coach, convicted of molesting young boys has been in prison since 2012. He will be there the rest of his life. Since the verdict and sentence, Joe Paterno has died, and Penn State has worked to rebuild its reputation and its program. But now another former Penn State employee is in court facing charges related to the sex... Read More >

Got Dystopia? The Bookstore Sure Does!

2017-03-23 by Aaron Sarno
Got dystopia The bookstore sure does!

Fiction sales go through trend cycles just like any other kind of fashion. For a while Westerns were all the rage. Then Science Fiction or Mysteries, Fantasies or Chick Lit. These days, you can’t toss a bookmark in a bookstore without hitting a dystopian novel. From George Orwell’s celebrated work, “1984” to the smash hit “Hunger Games” series, stories about cultures that have descended into total government control … and the imagined negative consequences … appear to be the flavor of the decade. Sales of 1984, and other dystopian classics such as “Fahrenheit 451” and “It Can’t Happen Here” are... Read More >

Team USA Hockey Skips Big Tournament

2017-03-22 by Jason Tannahill
Team USA Hockey Skips Big Tournament

The US Women’s Hockey Team recently announced plans to sit out a popular local tournament in an effort to raise awareness for the cause of fair pay for women, especially in sports. According to CNN, the women will skip the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Michigan… unless they are successful in their attempts to move contract negotiations forward with USA Hockey. If Team USA skips this showdown, it will mean the tournament’s reigning champions will not be there to defend their title, which would be an embarrassment not only to USA Hockey but also to the promoters of... Read More >

Kesha Speaks Out About Online Bullying

2017-03-21 by Richard D. Pace
Kesha Speaks Out About Online Bullying

And now for a public service announcement from … Kesha? Yes. The singer, songwriter, and rapper has been at the center of many harsh online “conversations,” and now she’s speaking out about online bullying. At the recent SXSW festival, she took part in a panel discussion on the topic and left no confusion as to where she stood on the world wide web: “I use the Internet to connect to my fans… Aside from that, it's not a healthy place for me.” During the conversation, Kesha said the constant stream of input, so much of it relentlessly negative, used to... Read More >

Marines Change Their Public Relations Campaign

2017-03-20 by Ronn Torossian
Marines Change Their Public Relations Campaign

The ads are memorable: A daring adventurer scales a cliff and engages in a fight to the death with a massive dragon. He defeats the beast and earns the right to take his place among The Few and The Proud … the Marines. The campaign and others like it emphasized top-shelf heroism and put masculinity front and center. Strength, bravery, and daring were the calling cards of the Marine Corps.But in recent weeks, the Marines have been getting a reputation for other reasons. Photos of nude female Marines were shared thousands of times online, prompting an official investigation and giving... Read More >

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