Monday, October 24, 2005

Riding out the storm

Hurricane Wilma pounded on Miami for 10 or 12 hours before moving out to sea. Vast parts of the city and surrounding county are without electricity at 1 p.m. Monday. Doppler radar (visible on the Herald's weather page ) indicates the heaviest rain was near the Fort Lauderdale airport. I'm tucked away on the 5th floor at the Miami Herald, with diesel power keeping most essential systems alive. I slept soundly in a sleeping bag from home. A handful of writers and editors are in the newsroom, busily blogging and trying to stay in touch with staff across the state and down in the Caribbean.

Running updates are available at the Herald's Wilma blog.

You can check power-restoration progress at FPL's storm page.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Treats for the hungry eye

I am nuts about magazines. They are easy to read and the best ones invariably bring me images and information that I had no idea I would find there. For a walk down memory lane for you other fans of the medium, here are some of the greatest covers of the past 40 years, as presented by the American Magazine Conference: Top covers

The Mad Man Of Wall Street

Jim Cramer is easily my favorite financial journalist. Unlike most of us in the news world, Cramer also works fulltime at a primary occupation outside journalism -- in his case, finance. Many have tried to figure out what makes him tick, and I think this piece succeeds. Read it in Business Week

Monday, October 10, 2005

House Of Cards

This little tale of political fund-raising shenanigans is a great read, and especially interesting to me because of its Florida connections. This is a bit intricate, so read it when you have a few moments to follow the twisting threads. April Witt tells the story in the Washington Post.

Lobbyists advise Katrina relief

We all have heard stories of shady legislative deals hatched in smoke-filled committee rooms. Here's something that puts flesh on those mossy bones. It's not pretty. Los Angeles Times

Friday, October 07, 2005

Offshore drilling

There was a big splash in Florida a few days ago because of this bill. Gov. Jeb Bush, who campaigned in the past as an opponent of oil exploration east of the present Gulf of Mexico fields, is now opening to the idea. Here's good background, adding clarity because it focuses on the bill instead of the Florida politics. San Francisco Chronicle