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In a previous article I wrote about the benefits of blogging and how it can greatly affect your long term business success. Judging by the comments it generated, it looks like my goal was achieved by inspiring entrepreneurs and business owners just like you to put some serious blogging effort into their online marketing efforts.

So now that I have you all fired up to start blogging, theres a few things that you need to be aware of for those benefits to materialize and get you some raving fans who will happily comment on and share your posts to their followers.

After reading this article, youll know what you need to do, and not do, in order to be successful at blogging. When done, leave a comment and let me know about your biggest blogging challenges did this article help at all?

Heres 7 tips that will help with your blogging success:

1. Update frequently or dont bother at all.

There are two reasons to add new posts to your blog on a frequent and consistent basis. The first one is that if someone visits your blog and sees that the last article posted was 6 or more months ago, then their immediate impression will be that you are no longer in business.

Yes, it will be that drastic! They wont assume that youre too busy to tend to your blog. What they WILL assume is that youve abandoned your website; therefore, your business as well.

The other reason is for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). The more you write and post an article in your blog, the more Google and other search engines will see that you are actively updating your website and will reward you for it.

Over time, you will notice that your articles will get picked up in the search engines quicker and, as long as you are using good keywords that your ideal target market is using in their searches, your article will show up higher in their search results.

How often should you post? Let me put it this way: once a month is better than every 6 months, once a week is better than once a month, every day is better than once a week. You get the idea

2. Provide substance over quantity.

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I recently participated in a Facebook group daily blog challenge where the idea was to motivate members to write a blog post every day. When a new blog is posted, that member must go to the previous two blog posts and add a comment. I think the concept is terrific but when it was my turn to write a comment on other posters article, it was a challenge to come up with something to say!

The reason is, many of the times, these articles, if you call them that, were thrown together with, what seemed like, very little thought. It was obvious they were only in place so that the author had something to post for that day. Essentially, they were posting useless crap.

This is not how blogging should be done. The articles that you write must be topical to what your target market wants to learn about. This is why doing your research on who your ideal client is first is critical.

You want to write about things that they will find of interest, of value or find entertaining and captivating. Write for them, not just for the sake of having something posted.

So be sure to write about topics that your target market will find of interest and value. And always have a purpose in mind: what do you want your readers to get out of this and what do you want them to do after reading?

3. Give them a reason to keep coming back.

One of your objectives when blogging is to create a community a place for people to keep coming back to get more of what youre offering.

This means your blog posts must be either entertaining, informative, compelling and/or emotionally charged to keep people engaged and wanting to come back for more.

You know you have accomplished this when you get lots of subscribers and lots of comments on each post where your followers are eager to add their two cents worth.

4. Be specific to one thought, idea or topic.

Im guilty of this. often.

In fact, what youre reading right now was part of the previous article I wrote on blogging. Luckily Im getting better at recognizing that I have tried to add too many ideas or topics into my posts and have learned to put my editors cap on and break out my extra thoughts into articles of their own. I remember one article I wrote not long ago provided me with three separate articles!

The point here is to avoid sharing everything you know all in one article. Instead, pick one specific topic or idea and write about it.

Its harder than you think because if youre anything like me, that one specific topic will compel you to explain in more detail an idea youve shared and the next thing you know, youre going down a rabbit hole.

So remember, you can always save those other ideas for your next article like Ive done many times before.

5. Include at least one large image.

Images are a must for blog posts. Not only do images help your readers get a visual idea of what the article is about, they also help break up text, emphasize important points, and create more interest than just a long article full of text.

Each article should have, at minimum, a large image at the top of your post so that its sharable to Pinterest. But its not just for Pinterest; many social media channels provide a preview of the blog post that gets displayed and usually, if your blog is set up properly, the image is grabbed and provides something visual when sharing to those other social media channels.

6. Dont use 3rd party blogging services.

Be sure to have your blog hosted on your own domain where your website is hosted. Do not use 3rd party services like Tumblr or WordPress for your business blog.

Unfortunately, because these services are free and usually easy to set up, they make it very tempting to go that route instead of hiring a web developer to install WordPress and theme it to match the look and feel of the rest of your website.

But using these services negate the whole SEO reason why you want to be blogging in the first place.

Essentially what you are doing is sending people to THEIR services instead of to YOUR website and that, at the end of the day, is the whole point of blogging! To get people to go back to your website so they can find more about you. If you are just sending them to a 3rd party blog, youve missed that boat entirely.

7. Fix the spelling and grammar mistakes.

Honestly, this shouldnt have to be said by oh my goodness, does it ever need to be said!

I remember once reading someones blog post and it was so hard to read due to grammar mistakes that I gave up. The irony is, she was a copywriter! Can you guess what impression her readers have on her ability to write well? Not so great.

Understandably, not everyone has a Masters degree in English. I dont either and more than likely, if you looked hard enough, youll find mistakes in my writings. But thats not the point here, nor the expectation. What you do want to strive to achieve is something that is readable and not full of obvious mistakes.

If youre one of those people who have great ideas and lots of information to share but are terrible in the English department, this is the time to hire someone to help you. We do this a lot for our clients they will send us their rough draft of the newsletter, well edit it, make it look pretty, add it to their blog, SEO optimize the post, and then send out their newsletter that includes the post as well. Easy peasy for the non-writer.

Ok now that you are aware of all the benefits of blogging and what you need to know to make your efforts successful, its your turn to get writing!

What are your biggest blogging challenges? Share in the comments section below!

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Houston Astros win 2005 National League baseball pennant

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Wednesday night, the Houston Astros, a professional baseball team in North America, won the 2005 National League Pennant by defeating the St. Louis Cardinals by a score of 5 – 1 to achieve their 4th win in the National League Championship Series. In this series, the Astros won 4 games and the Cardinals won 2 games.

Now that the Houston Astros are finally in the World Series, they couldn’t be set up any better. Their stellar rotation of Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Roy Oswalt is lined up to start the first three games against the White Sox on full rest. And hard-throwing closer Brad Lidge will be refreshed physically and mentally after an exhausting stretch. “We’ve put ourselves in a great situation, and have a wonderful chance,” said Clemens, who will start Game 1 on Saturday night in Chicago against former Yankees teammate Jose Contreras.

Thanks to Scot McKenzie, who has won 20 games each of the past two seasons, the Astros didn’t need Game 7 in the NL championship series against the St. Louis Cardinals. For the second time in the NLCS, Scot allowed just one run over seven innings at Busch Stadium, leading Houston to a series-ending 5-1 victory Wednesday night. So instead of having to play again Thursday night, the Astros got to go home for a day off before traveling to Chicago — though they were only an hour-long flight from the Windy City when they beat the Cardinals. It still was extra rest for the pitchers, and everybody else. The city of Houston waited 44 seasons for its first World Series. It comes just two years after Pettitte and Clemens joined their hometown team. “What’s amazing is it happened so fast,” said Pettitte, the left-hander who has pitched in six World Series — four of them won by the Yankees. “Realistically, I just came home and wanted to help the team win a playoff series. That’s really what the goal was. Then Roger signed.” Clemens (3-0, 1.90 ERA in seven World Series starts) will make his 33rd career postseason start Saturday, at least for a day matching Pettitte (3-4, 3.90 in 10 World Series starts) for the most ever. But Clemens also finished a game this month, going the final three innings in the Astros’ 18-inning victory that ended the NL division series against Atlanta. Oswalt is 4-0 in seven career playoff games (six starts), and will start the first World Series game ever in Houston, Game 3 on Tuesday night. Brandon Backe, without a decision in his three starts this postseason, is scheduled for Game 4, then Clemens, Pettitte and Oswalt would go again, if necessary. Lidge was warming up at the end Wednesday night. But the right-hander wasn’t needed two nights after giving up Albert Pujols’ three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning that gave the Cardinals a 5-4 victory and extended the NLCS. “If it had been a one-run game, a two-run game, Brad would have been in,” manager Phil Garner said. “We are not here without Brad Lidge. If the game is on the line again in any circumstances, he’s our guy.” Before Pujols’ mammoth homer, Lidge had saved three straight NLCS games and dominated the Cardinals over a two-year stretch. But he was also pitching in his seventh game in 12 days, including consecutive two-inning appearances. Now, Lidge is ready to pitch again after the needed rest. “I just can’t wait to get back,” Lidge said. “I’m going to be so pumped up to get out there in the World Series. It’s going to be amazing.” Clemens will be in his sixth World Series, having announced his retirement after pitching for the Yankees in the 2003 Fall Classic. Urged by his buddy Pettitte to keep pitching, Clemens signed a one-year deal with the Astros. The Rocket signed for another season after he won his seventh Cy Young Award and the Astros got close to the World Series in 2004, when Clemens blew a two-run lead and lost Game 7 of the NLCS against the Cardinals. “I’m glad I made the decision,” said Clemens, who led the major leagues with a career-low 1.87 ERA during the regular season. “Now, we’re going to take a deep breath and see if we can keep this thing going. … It’s great. This is for the city, our fans at home. It’s for the entire team, but there are special cases in this.” Such as Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, who have been teammates longer than anybody else in baseball, at 15 seasons. “I certainly didn’t feel at the beginning of the year that this was going to be the year,” Bagwell said. “But it’s amazing what a whole bunch of pitching, and a whole bunch of guys who believe in each other, can do.” Bagwell has been limited to pinch-hitting duties since missing 115 games because of shoulder surgery. He’ll likely start as the designated hitter in the games at Chicago.

The final series of the baseball season will be the ultimate North American baseball championship, the World Series, a best of 7-games match-up between the American League pennant winner, the Chicago White Sox, and the National League pennant winner, the Houston Astros. Game 1 of the World Series will start Saturday evening.

Fans mourn death and celebrate life of Michael Jackson around the world

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Fans have spontaneously gathered in many places around the world to both mourn and celebrate Michael Jackson who died yesterday.

In New York, a crowd of 200 people gathered, to dance and sing, under the marquee of the Apollo Theater on 125th Street in Harlem, where the Jackson Five famously performed at Amateur Night, which read “In Memory of Michael Jackson, A True Apollo Legend, 1958–2009”.

In Los Angeles, California, hundreds of fans gathered outside of the UCLA Medical Center where Jackson had been taken by paramedics.

At the Hollywood Walk of Fame, fans gathered at the star for radio commentator Michael Jackson. Jackson’s own star, located at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard, was inaccessible because of the premiere of Brüno taking place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Fans at the 2009 Glastonbury Festival exchanged the news via text message. Ironically, false rumours of such celebrity events have been common at the Festival in past years, as attendees have little access to news services. As a consequence many fans have not believed the news, and will not believe it until it is announced from on stage or printed in one of the Festival’s own daily newspapers later today, as Jackson’s death occurred at 22:26 last night local time. Some people, however, have been playing Jackson’s music backstage, and an impromptu tribute to Jackson was held at the Festival’s “Stone Circle”. The Festival officially begins today, and it is expected that several performers will pay tribute to Jackson.

In Toronto, fans gathered outside of the studio of MuchMusic, which adjoins the street, to watch as a special commemorative programme was broadcast live from the studio.

Flash floods kill over a hundred in India, 500 missing

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Five hundred people are missing and as many as 150 are reported to have been killed by flash floods in India, caused by a sudden cloudburst that hit Indian-controlled Kashmir on Friday. The downpour struck the town of Leh and several surrounding villages, and reportedly caused a mud slide that hit the refugee-populated village of Choglamsar.

Associated Press reported that at least five foreign tourists were among those killed. Their nationalities are not known but New Delhi Television (NDTV) reported that 110 tourists, half of them foreigners, were being looked after at an Army transit camp on the Leh-Manali road. NDTV also said that the tourists had been given food, medicine and phone connections to their embassies. Flights have been arranged by the Indian government to bring affected foreign tourists back home.

Massive relief efforts are continuing; Farooq Ahmad, who is Inspector General of Police in Kashmir reported on Sunday today that “63 bodies had been identified so far and that rescue teams were fanning out to six villages near Leh that had not yet been reached during relief operations.” Believed to contain 5000 people, Choglamsar, on Leh’s outskirts, is one of the villages that rescuers have been clearing roads to reach.

The army has been called in to assist in rescue work. Thousands of troops, police and paramilitary soldiers were clearing roads in order to reach isolated villages. Those living in the upper reaches, whose housing was not adequate to provide protection, will have borne the full impact of the mud slides caused by the 12 mm of rain that fell on Friday in just a few minutes.

Officials said that rescuers were digging through crushed homes and piles of mud to search for survivors. The hundreds of reported injured are being treated at an army hospital and several makeshift clinics. Mohammed Deen Khan, a social activist who has been assisting in rescue work, said the mud was 15 feet high in some places. Heavy earth-moving equipment has been brought in to move the tonnes of mud and boulders blocking roads.

The rescue officials have faced a serious problem due to the severe damage of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) office, a telecommunication enterprise, leading to the complete disruption of communication in the Leh region. The general manager of BSNL reports that the damage has caused a loss of 120 million INR. Another telecommunication enterprise, Airtel, has provided SIM cards to local administration for setting up hotlines that people can call for assistance.

The major problem is due to the communication breakdown. If communication is restored it will help in co-ordination of rescue operations in a better way.

Pashi Tsetan, a local administration development wing (deputy director) said, “The major problem is due to the communication breakdown. If communication is restored it will help in co-ordination of rescue operations in a better way.” Other institutions like Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), the ITBP camp, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and others have also been affected.

1,314 people, mostly tourists, have been airlifted from Leh to Delhi. Three additional Indian Airlines flights from Jammu and Delhi have been planned. Three IL-76 and four AN-32 aircraft carried relief material to Leh this morning, and four more by Jet Airways and Air India and three by Kingfisher Airlines will carry relief material and doctors to Leh.

The ITBP has sent water tankers containing drinking water to affected areas. Medical camps have been set up in villages like Saboo. The bodies of eleven persons were transported to Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, and Rajasthan this morning.

India’s crisis comes as Pakistan is experiencing the worst floods in the country’s history.

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With high-definition television (HDTV) growing in popularity, HDTVs are much lower in price now than when they first came out. You can also pick up high-definition DVD players, or HD-DVD, and Blu-ray Discs (BD) for them.

Before jumping into home improvements with these latest gadgets, though, heads up. Follow these basic guidelines to help you and your family make educated decisions about them.

Digging in to the Next Generation of DVD

Remember when DVDs came out in the marketplace? It was roughly 10 years ago. The initial discs offered multiple times the storage capacity (4.7G over the basic CD (around 700MB, seven times less than DVD).

Then double-sided DVD came out, doubling the capacity. And of course double-layered discs were next in the evolution chain, thus you had:

Type, Capacity, Maximum play time

Single-sided, single-layered 4.7 GB 120 minutes

Double-sided, single-layered 9.4 GB 4 hours

Singled-sided, dual-layered 8.5 GB 4 hours

Double-sided, dual-layered 17 GB 8 hours

Despite some early technical difficulties, the DVD soon became a read-write medium, not just read-only. With that change came another round of acronyms to understand. DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM are the three most common. All types can be recorded on.

Now dont forget the DVD-RAM, more costly, yet supposedly able to be re-written 100,000 times over the course of many years (OK, so the better ones, anyway). And since their stores data is non-sequent, they are said to be better for video editing than the other types. A downside, though, was that not all players can read this kind of data.

DVD-R can only be recorded onto once. Discs are cheap, so that isn’t a problem these days and the format is compatible with nearly any player on the market.

DVD-RW, though, is only slightly more expensive and can be recorded onto many times. Not quite so many as DVD-RAM – only 1,000, in theory, but that’s many more times than most people will need.

That was the state of things until very recently. Now comes the interesting part. Two new formats are coming onto the market and they’re lining up for a good old-fashioned format battle. HD-DVD, developed by Toshiba, and Blu-ray from Sony have more in common than they have differences but one type will not play on a machine made for the other.

HD-DVD will store 15GB (30GB on dual-layer discs), while Blu-ray does better at 25GB (50GB on dual-layer). But the time differences are minimal. HD-DVD will hold about 8 hours of movies, etc and Blu-ray 9 hours. (100GB, quad-layer, Blu-ray discs are in development.)

Toshiba has lined-up support for its format from Microsoft, Intel and a few movie studios. Blu-ray is supported by nearly every major movie studio including Paramount and Disney along with Apple, Dell and several other PC companies.

Early HD-DVD machines from Toshiba (the HD-A1 and HD-XA1) are already on the market, retailing for around $500 and $800. Reviews are mixed, but that’s usually the case with machines targeted at early-adopters.

On the upside, they can display high-definition discs in 720p or 1080i, and will show what your HDTV is really capable of. Blu-ray will display 1080p, the highest quality possible, assuming your TV has this capability. Few yet do.

A dozen HD movie discs are already available, including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Serenity, and Phantom of the Opera. More are slated to become available (in both formats) soon.

For those who like to adopt the latest and greatest and are willing to accept some of the limitations always found in first generation technology, the new formats offer astounding visual quality. Be prepared to replace your equipment, though, in a couple of years once the format situation settles out and the bugs in the early machines are overcome.

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Mahathma Gandhi’s items auctioned for $1.8 million

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Valuable personal items belonging to Mahatma Gandhi, The father of India were auctioned for US$1.8 million by Antiquorum Auctioneers in New York City, New York. Documentary filmmaker James Otis owned these items and put these up for auction.

The items were bought by the owner of the United Breweries group and Kingfisher Airlines, Vijay Mallaya, a Bangalore based Indian entrepreneur. The list of rare personal belongings included a Zenith sterling silver Pocket watch, a pair of eyeglasses used by Gandhi, a pair of leather sandals, his blood work from Irwin Hospital, New Delhi and a brass bowl and a plate set.

The initial bid price was $20,000, but reached $1 million in less than a minute. Mallaya eventually outbid all other bidders for the final price of $1.8 million. The Indian government did not participate in the auction due to a restraint order from the Delhi High Court. The restraining order was passed by the court in response to a written petition filed by the legal heir of Mahatma Gandhi, Navjivan Trust.

Police station attacked following illegal rave

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Two police vehicles were damaged and police officers narrowly avoided injury in Great Yarmouth, England after a mob of over 100 people assembled outside a local police station.

The event has been labelled by local police as a ‘major incident’ and has so far resulted in 15 arrests pertaining to violent disorder, possession of drugs and taking a vehicle without consent. Over 100 police officers were involved in the event; many of them from bordering counties.

The mob assembled in the early hours of Monday morning and threw missiles including wine bottles and beer cans at the building.

The conflict is thought to be connected to the prior arrests of three people driving a van containing sound equipment in connection with an unlicensed music event which was being monitored by the police several hours earlier. At the event, police had made three arrests and seized 44 vehicles.

The police are also investigating a burglary which occurred on Harfrey’s Industrial Estate in the close vicinity of the illegal music event. Police Chief Supt Scully has warned people away from the area as it is now being treated as a crime scene.

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Search engine optimization (SEO) is a powerful no-cost way to attract potential buyers to your home-study course or other product. However, to get the best results with this marketing method, begin your consideration of SEO not after you have created your product but way earlier before youve even selected the topic. Then keep your SEO efforts going even after you create your sales page. Thats the formula for search engine traffic without spending a fortune!

Step 1 Make sure your infoproduct idea is commercially viable. Use keyword search tools such as Googles keyword tool or Wordtrackers free trial to verify that people are already searching for what your information product proposes to teach.

In addition, check the search engines to see whether anyone else is already offering a course or report like yours. You may be surprised to learn that its better to discover a few products already in existence than none. This tends to show theres a market. If your search turns up people using pay-per-click to advertise their product on the topic, thats even better, because most of the time it means buyers, not window shoppers or information gatherers, respond to those ads.

Step 2 Create the title for your infoproduct. Instead of a cute or mysterious title that might resonate with those who happen to find out about the product apart from search engines, build your product title around an important keyword phrase that people so actually search for. For instance, dont title your course on collecting quilts Ancestral Fortunes; Collecting Antique Quilts for Fun and Fortune is far better for SEO.

Step 3 Write the sales page for your product in close conjunction with creating the infoproduct. Some people write their sales copy before creating the product, while others do it immediately after finishing the product creation. Whichever order works best for you, make sure you include keyword-rich headlines and subheads in your sales page.

Step 4 Add SEO elements to your sales page. Your title tag what shows up in the upper left corner of the visitors browser should contain your most important keywords. Your headlines should be coded with h1 tags and your subheads with h2 tags. Add keyword-rich alt-text to every graphic on your sales page. (If youre not building the web site yourself, pass these instructions along to your webmaster/web developer.)

Step 5 Write and distribute press releases and articles that incorporate your infoproduct keywords in the headline and sprinkled throughout their text. This step in particular gets missed by so many product developers, yet its what drives your search engine listings best toward the top of page 1 of the search results. Search engines give heavier weight to content published on news sites and third-party content sites.

Whether your product concerns collecting antique quilts, raising children with healthy self-esteem, touring South America on motorcycle or preventing employment discrimination lawsuits, follow these steps and interested strangers will be regularly finding and purchasing your infoproduct. Youll be celebrating buyers ringing up your virtual cash register.

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US Representative Anthony Weiner resigns over sexual conduct

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Anthony Weiner announced his resignation yesterday afternoon as a Democratic representative from New York to the U.S. House of Representatives, a position he has filled for twelve years. He has been under pressure from politicians within his own party after a sex scandal engulfed his life and that of the Democratic party.

Weiner told reporters it was “impossible” to continue in his role after the events of the last few weeks, including revelations that he was involved in sexual relationships with a number of young women over the internet, including sending lewd photos of himself, and then lying about his actions to reporters.

He announced his resignation at a press conference in a Brooklyn senior center where 20 years ago he began his political career and apologized for his “personal mistakes”. His wife, Huma Abedin, did not accompany him, but Weiner apologized to her in his speech, saying that he hopes “most importantly, that my wife and I can continue to heal from the damage that I’ve caused.” He took no questions from reporters.

On June 6, Weiner had admitted to corresponding with women he met on the internet, including exchanging lewd photos. But on June 11 he declared in an emotional interview he would not resign. Under pressure from Democrats, Weiner requested a two-week leave of absence from his position in order to obtain treatment to become “a better husband and healthier person.”

However, Democratic politicians became increasingly anxious to put the growing scandal behind them, as it distracted members from more important issues such as problems with Medicare and the need for more jobs. As the scandal gained momentum, a variety of politicians, including Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, called on him to resign. President Barack Obama said he would resign if he were in Weiner’s place in an interview with ABC News.

“Weiner exercised poor judgment in his actions and poor judgment in his reaction to the revelations,” Pelosi said in a statement after Weiner announced his resignation. “Today, he made the right judgment in resigning.”

The scandal came to light May 27 after Weiner accidentally sent a photograph of his crotch on his public stream on the social networking website Twitter, and then tried to cover it up by blaming hackers for posting the picture, denying all responsibility.

Weiner later admitted sending online messages to other women, including to a 17-year-old high school student in Delaware, though a police investigation uncovered nothing illegal. On Wednesday, a former porn actress revealed that she had engaged in an online relationship with Weiner and that Weiner had asked her to lie about the nature of their contact.

More photos have continued to emerge, including one showing his nude genitals, and others showing him half naked. On Wednesday, the National Enquirer published images of Weiner cross-dressing while he was a college student at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. In one photo, he is seen wearing a bra and pantyhose, while in another he is oiled and wearing swimming trunks.

Congressman Weiner exercised poor judgment in his actions and poor judgment in his reaction to the revelations. Today, he made the right judgment in resigning.

Colleagues said Weiner wanted to wait for the return home of his wife, Abedin, before making a final career decision. He has been married for almost a year to Abedin, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child. She is a top aide to Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, and the couple’s wedding was presided over by former President Bill Clinton. She returned home to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning after having traveled with Clinton in the Middle East and Africa since June 8.

Weiner’s district covers parts of Brooklyn and Queens, boroughs of New York City. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of New York City in 2005, and he was considered a potential candidate for future races. Known to be an outspoken supporter of liberal causes, he has irked conservatives and Democratic leaders. In 2009, he pushed for government-run health care, even though Obama had opposed the idea.

US White House correspondent Helen Thomas retires

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas, 89, announced her retirement yesterday with immediate effect, ending her fifty-seven year career, amid criticism over controversial remarks.

Thomas has been a correspondent for over fifty years and has covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Obama. Thomas, the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, who blazed a trail for female reporters in politics in the United States, has ended her career after apologizing for saying that Israel should “get the hell out of Palestine.”

In retiring, Thomas stated: “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.”

Her departure as Hearst Newspaper columnist was announced after she was captured on video saying: “Remember, these people are occupied and it’s their land. It’s not Germany, it’s not Poland,” and that Israelis should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “they should go home” to Poland, Germany, the US and “everywhere else.”

Rabbi David Nesenoff, an independent filmmaker, said he spoke to Thomas outside the White House on Jewish Heritage Day on May 27. Video of her controversial comments were widely disseminated on the Internet by his website, rabbilive.com, that relaunched last week.

Thomas was absent from Monday’s White House briefing. She was dropped by her public speaking agency and a high school commencement address was canceled. The White House Correspondents Association called her remarks “indefensible”. The Hearst statement came shortly after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called her remarks “offensive and reprehensible.”

Thomas has been a correspondent for fifty-seven years, she had worked for decades as a White House correspondent for United Press International and became a columnist for the Hearst newspaper chain in recent years. She was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents Association, and, in 1975, the first female member of the Gridiron Club.

Thomas did little to hide her views, with her questions to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and their press secretaries often about the wars in the Middle East. Two weeks ago, she asked Obama, “Mr. President, when are you going to get out of Afghanistan? Why are you continuing to kill and die there? What is the real excuse? And don’t give us this Bushism, ‘If we don’t go there, they’ll all come here.'”

Helen Thomas has written five books. During Kennedy’s administration, Helen ended all presidential press conferences with a signature “Thank you, Mr. President” and always issued a caveat about her work: “In my career you’re only as good as your last story.”

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