First Place Winner Announced! People's Choice Voting Opens!
We're pleased to announce our First place winner and finalists for the Sixth Annual Warren Adler Short Story Contest.
After reading through
the hundreds of submissions, our judges have chosen a first place winner and four finalists. Be sure to vote for the People's Choice Award before May 31, 2010.
For complete details please visit the Contest Page.
The Terrorists Speak
As a former newspaper editor and reporter I am always intrigued at the decisions made by editors and reporters in the placement and writing of stories.
In a recent issue of the New York Times a chilling story appeared buried on page 15 that, in my opinion, deserved far more prominence than it received. I suppose I should have registered my complaint with the official Times ombudsman, but then if it was heeded at all it would have been relegated to the limbo of a journalistic slush pile.
The story dealt with the disclosure that three naturalized American Muslims who had planned to become suicide bombers and bomb the New York subway system were recruited by Saleh al-Somali and Rashid Rauf, key Al Qaeda operatives killed by a drone attack in Pakistan. The recruited men had been High School buddies in Queens, a borough of New York City who went off to Pakistan for the purposes of being trained by Al Qaeda to carry out their deadly suicide mission.
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New York is Indeed a Helluva Town
In reading Richard Goldstein's wonderful new book "Helluva Town" about New York City during the years of World War II, I was struck by the strange irony that despite the devastating horror of that bloodbath, the Big Apple had its worst incident by enemy combatants more than sixty years later.
Compared to the barbaric violence of the twin towers tragedy, life in New York City was practically a cakewalk during World War II and Goldstein, with journalistic panache describes the events of that time. There were blackouts, rationing, air raid wardens, morale boosting show business events to buttress our patriotism and war bond sales, volunteerism galore with a rousing Stage Door Canteen for servicemen manned by Broadway and movie stars and a surge of patriotism that somehow never attained such levels of enthusiasm in subsequent wars in which our armed forces were involved.
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