I added a few Occupy Denver photos

It looks like my Occupy Denver photos have been getting a lot of views the last few days. I went ahead and added a few more pictures to the gallery in case people were interested.

I’d love to hear from you guys who are new to the blog! Let me know what you think! Did any of you read our OCCUPY ACROSS THE U.S.: Dispatches from the movement feature? We went to six different Occupy protests, including Denver, and wrote vignettes about each one. I was surprised we didn’t get more comments when the story originally published, but it’s never too late.

I would love to see some of you in the comments section on the Missourian website!

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Occupy Denver photos

Here are some pictures I took when I covered Occupy Denver for the Missourian’s Occupy Across the U.S.: Dispatches from the movement piece.

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Behind the scenes look at JR’s Diner

The city of Centralia, Mo. is divided. Literally.

Chain restaurants — your McDonald’s, your Subway and Pizza Hut — line the highway. The downtown square, however, is dotted with small businesses owned by Centralia residents. This is where we found JR’s Diner.

Beth Pearl wrote an article detailing the struggle Centralia residents face as they work to keep their community’s identity in tact at the same time that they grow economically. We (Beth Jared Grafman and I) decided to take a look at JR’s Diner, one of the businesses in the heart of downtown, and show people what these places mean to the community.

The end result can be found here.

There are a few things that we had to cut from the final edit for the sake of time, so I’ll put them here instead:

  • Jodie wakes up at 3:30 every single morning to get to the diner by 4. They open at 5, and there’s usually a line at the door — especially if it’s cold raining outside.
  • Another restaurant across the street, Carlan’s steak house, is open for lunch and dinner (JR’s is open for breakfast and lunch). One of the reasons the owners of Carlan’s don’t open the restaurant for breakfast is that they want to cooperate with JR’s and avoid undue competition.
  • When Jodie says she knows her customers by name, she’s  not kidding. And there were a lot of people there. She remembers what people like to drink and what they usually order.
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A breakdown of the XXX domain drama

Today I wrote about how some organizations, including the University of Missouri are buying domain names meant for adult entertainment websites.


Here’s what you need to know: Anyone who has a website owns that website’s domain name. Facebook.com is one example. There are a bunch of different domains out there (think .com, .gov, .org, etc.) Each domain gives you some clue as to what is going to be on the websites that you visit.

Recently, ICANN, the global organization that basically manages all the different domains, allowed ICM Registry to start selling websites under the domain .xxx. You can guess what websites with an xxx extension would likely have.

So to avoid having, um…racy material associated with the University of Missouri, the IT Department bought up three names (mizzou.xxx, missouritigers.xxx and missouri.xxx) to block them from becoming pornographic sites.

In the initial buying period, almost 80,000 companies purchased names under the .xxx domain, but ICM won’t say how many of those were companies buying names out of fear.

Seems like a pretty brilliant business plan, no?

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All the things

How I feel on really good journalism days:









How I feel on days like Wednesday:

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