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The Flu and the New Administration

Sunday, April 26, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Given the worldwide concerns, and the facts that the new flu has shown up already in California, Texas, Kansas and New York, when will the president go into crisis mode? Given the criticism that President Bush absorbed over the federal government’s response to Katrina, expect the new president to err on the side of overreaction.

The flu has crossed the globe in record time:

New Zealand said that 10 students who took a school trip to Mexico “likely” had swine flu. Israel said a man who had recently visited Mexico had been hospitalized while authorities try to determine whether he had the disease. French Health Ministry officials said four possible cases of swine flu are currently under investigation, including a family of three in the northern Nord region and a woman in the Paris region. The four recently returned from Mexico. Tests on two separate cases of suspected swine flu proved negative, they said.

Spain’s Health Ministry said three people who just returned from Mexico were under observation in hospitals in the northern Basque region, in southeastern Albacete and the Mediterranean port city of Valencia.

Mexico closed schools, museums, libraries and theaters in a bid to contain the outbreak after hundreds were sickened there. In the U.S., there have been at least 11 confirmed cases of swine flu in California, Texas and Kansas. Patients have ranged in age from 9 to over 50. At least two were hospitalized. All recovered or are recovering.

New York health officials said more than 100 students at the St. Francis Preparatory School, in Queens, recently began suffering a fever, sore throat and aches and pains. Some of their relatives also have been ill.

Some St. Francis students had recently traveled to Mexico, The New York Times and New York Post reported Sunday.

Thousands of students travel to Mexico on spring break, either to party or to do service projects, so the flu’s rapid criss-crossing of the U.S. is almost guaranteed. Time to open the Tamiflu stcokpile.
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“It’s The Best Day Of The Browns’ Year”

Saturday, April 25, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Yet another example of why Terry Pluto is America’s finest sportswriter.

Terry was on today’s program and I hope to have him back Monday to analyze the Browns’ NFL draft and the Cavs’ series against the Pistons. What Terry really represents is how American newspapers can survive –find a regional strength and hire the best reporters/writers to cover it. In northeast Ohio that means sports, and Terry draws readers from across the country to the PD’s site every day and especially during big weeks like this one which has the draft and the Cavs in the playoffs. If the Los Angeles Times invested as much effort in the Calender section/entertainment business as the PD does in the sports pages, the web traffic would be soaring. You can’t be all things to all people, so be the best at the most important thing to your city.

Walt Harrah and Seedsower Music and Amaze.fm

Friday, April 24, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I played some music by my friend Walt Harrah today, and here is his website.

And be sure to visit Amaze.fm to listen to the song of the week, “Pitiful” by MBC.

The Flu and the Festival

Friday, April 24, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

A deadly flu virus with a strange genetic make-up has claimed 60 lives in Mexico and has officials there taking extraordinary steps to contain it.

A CDC official says it is still fine to travel to Mexico, but if the outbreak isn’t contained quickly, expect even more stress on the Mexican tourism industry already buffeted by concerns over the drug war raging there. CDC also reported that it could not confirm that the Mexico flu was the same strain as found in more than a half dozen cases in the U.S. in recent days.

Tomorrow I’ll be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books for an 12:30 panel on “Broken Government” in Broad 2160 and will be signing books at the KRLA booth after my panel sometime around 1:30. Perhaps some early owners of The Fair Tax Fantasy will be there.

My pal Bill Lobdell, whose book Losing My Religion is the recipient of a great review in the upcoming Sunday New York Times, will be speaking at 3:30 in the Korn Convocation Hall and signing books thereafter.

Fair Tax FantasyLosing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America-and Found Unexpected Peace

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