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The worst drought in the United States in nearly a half-century is expected to drive up the price of milk, beef and pork next year, the government said Wednesday, as consumers bear some of the brunt of the sweltering heat that is driving up the cost of feed corn. Poultry prices are expected to rise more immediately.
The New York Times reports on food inflation fears for later this year and next. Let’s see what this does to the $79 chicken at Will Guidara and Daniel Humm’s The NoMad.  (via pricehike)
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In the latest episode of My First Big Break, New York Times columnist David Carr remembers his first big scoop, an investigation of police brutality in Minneapolis.


As a physician, he said, you’re privy to patients’ secrets — to their truths — and understand that few people live up to their own stated ideals. He has treated a philandering pastor, a drug-abusing financier. “I see life as it really is,” he told me, “not how we wish it were.”

He shared a story about one of the loudest abortion foes he ever encountered, a woman who stood year in and year out on a ladder, so that her head would be above other protesters’ as she shouted “murderer” at him and other doctors and “whore” at every woman who walked into the clinic.

One day she was missing. “I thought, ‘I hope she’s O.K.,’ ” he recalled. He walked into an examining room to find her there. She needed an abortion and had come to him because, she explained, he was a familiar face. After the procedure, she assured him she wasn’t like all those other women: loose, unprincipled.

She told him: “I don’t have the money for a baby right now. And my relationship isn’t where it should be.”

“Nothing like life,” he responded, “to teach you a little more.”

A week later, she was back on her ladder.


CJR offers up an enlightening and depressing infographic that puts the golden parachutes of departing CEOs Janet Robinson of The New York Times Company and Craig Dubow of Gannett into perspective. 

CJR offers up an enlightening and depressing infographic that puts the golden parachutes of departing CEOs Janet Robinson of The New York Times Company and Craig Dubow of Gannett into perspective. 

Columbia Journalism Review’s tireless Ryan Chittum writes:

"Shahien Nasiripour scored a foreclosure-fraud scandal scoop for The Huffington Post on Monday, reporting that audits of the mortgage industry conducted by HUD’s inspector general found five giant banks—Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial—defrauded taxpayers and violated the False Claims Act. HUD sent the findings to the Justice Department, which will now have to decide what to do next.

On Tuesday, Felix Salmon criticized The New York Times and Wall Street Journal for giving big play to the New York attorney general’s renewed interest in mortgage securitization while ignoring the HuffPo scoop. I thought maybe it slipped by the print deadlines. But three days later, those papers have yet to run anything about the news.

What gives?”

When New York Times reporter Helene Cooper, at home in pajamas, heard the bin Laden rumor, she pinged a slew of administration officials before reaching one by phone. “Killed, not caught,” he told her. But even as Cooper hit the “send” button, she asked herself: “What if you’re wrong? This is it, I’ll be fired.” Only after Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet called to ask her source did the paper stop the presses, just like in the movies. Yet even the Times, a mighty global machine, has had to cut 8 percent of its staff and mortgage its headquarters.

Joe Pompeo of Yahoo’s Cutline blog reports:

"More than eight months after media reporters first stumbled upon a URL that the New York Times had quietly registered with Tumblr, the paper of record has finally launched its inaugural editorial product on the influential blogging platform.

T on Tumblr, which went live Monday morning, will function as a visual repository for T: The New York Times Style Magazine, as well as a supplement to the magazine’s online home.”

The four New York Times journalists who were captured by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces while covering the Libyan conflict talk about their ordeal.

via Captured by Qaddafi’s Forces - Video Library - The New York Times