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Journalists bandy about the term “veteran newsman” with abandon these days. Happy birthday to one who is truly a veteran newsman and still weighing in regularly on National Public Radio. Today, Daniel Schorr turns 92, born in the Bronx in 1916. He is “the last of Edward R. Murrow’s legendary CBS team,” according to his official biography.

“Schorr’s muckraking reporting during the Nixon administration earned him a prominent place on Richard Nixon’s so-called ‘enemies list.’ In addition, his subsequent reporting on the ‘Watergate scandal’ garnered him Emmys for outstanding achievement within a regularly scheduled news program in l972, 1973 and 1974,” notes the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

Damn the Prius and full speed ahead? The world’s first solar-powered car - the diminutive “Sunmobile” - was demonstrated at the General Motors Powerama in Chicago on this day in 1955 by William G. Cobb, a GM designer. The Sunmobile was powered by a dozen selenium photoelectric cells. Wait a minute. That’s 53 years ago. Surely somebody at GM would have come up with a practical solar vehicle after five decades.

Alphonso Jackson, get out your party hat. Happy anniversary to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, created by an act of Congress in 1965.

By the numbers

65 percent of Americans say the purported national media “love affair” with Sen. Barack Obama is “real.”

78 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Democrats agree.

68 percent of Americans overall say Mr. Obama is receiving favorable national coverage.

80 percent of Republicans and 63 percent of Democrats agree.

38 percent favored Mr. Obama for president, 27 percent Mr. McCain, 22 percent favored neither.

19 percent of Republican voters and 23 percent of conservative voters favored neither candidate.

14 percent of Democratic voters and 17 percent of liberal voters favored neither.

45 percent overall said they would consider a “strong third-party candidate.”

Source: Sacred Heart University Polling Institute survey of 800 adults conducted from July 28 to Aug. 7, with a margin of error of three percentage points.

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