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“These figures are mind-boggling and they only begin to capture the full economic shock of locking up the crown jewels of America — our national parks,” observes Maureen Finnerty, president of the group and former superintendent of Everglades and Olympic national parks.


Ahoy. And get out of the way.

Capt. Keith Colburn of Discovery Channel’s series “Deadliest Catch” journeys all the way to the Russell Senate Office Building on Friday with representatives from the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers. They have much to say. The formidable group will testify before the Senate Committee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard regarding the effects of the government shutdown.

It’s delaying the start of Alaskan king crab fishing season in the Bering Sea as the National Marine Fisheries Service simply can’t set quotas or issue crabbing permits, thus grounding the fleet — plus thousands of ancillary industries including processing plants across the state.

No indication from Discovery Channel whether the moment will be included in a future production. But it should.


“I have had such a blessed day. My new supporters have numbered in the thousands. My detractors I could count on one hand. I humbly thank you.”

— Veteran actor James Woods in a tweet Thursday, thanking fans who came to his defense after liberal critics attacked him via social media for disagreeing with President Obama on assorted issues


Emotional, bombastic and daring audience draw. Yes, our political pundits add much glitter to the media landscape. But how truthful are they all? Coming soon from a group that already fact-checks political claims through a site called PolitiFact, here comes PunditFact, dedicated to checking claims by pundits, columnists, bloggers and the hosts and guests of talk shows.

It’s being funded by seed money from Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist Inc., plus $625,000 in grants from the Ford Foundation and the Democracy Fund. The site has a complex pedigree, consisting of a partnership of PolitiFact and the Poynter Institute, the journalism school that owns the Tampa Bay Times.

“Pundits on TV and radio, as well as bloggers and columnists, are prominent voices in our political discourse, yet sometimes they blur the lines between opinion and fact,” says Neil Brown, editor and vice president of the Times. “Now we will hold them accountable, much as we’ve done with politicians.”


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