In the newsroom: NYC flyover creates panic
Published: April 28, 2009
The big story today is the spread of the swine flu, but folks in New York are much more alarmed about the White House Military Office's decision to fly an Air Force One plane near the city skyline for a photo-op. The move brought back memories of Sept. 11 and sent many workers scrambling out of their skyscrapers. One of my editors just called this "the stupidest thing I've ever seen the White House do." Thankfully, they've cancelled plans for more flyovers in DC and New York next month.
Here are the other stories that caught my eye this morning:
** Konami is pulling support for the controversial "Six Days in Fallujah" video game -- Our Pacific bureau will have a full story in a few hours. The game developer cited pressure from servicemembers, citizengroups and the families of fallen warriors as the reason to drop their backing. No word yet if another developer might pick up the game.
** Gen. David Petraeus told a group of students at Kansas State University that now is not the time to address the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law. "We have an awful lot on our plate in the military right now, with twowars and a host of other challenges. I'm not sure we'd want to addsomething else." That's not going to make at least one group happy.
** Coverage of the arrival of killed servicemembers at Dover Air Force Base has dropped off considerably in recent weeks.