Brandus gives life advice to grads — In his column for The Week, Paul Brandus offers his advice to high school graduates. When he was was 18, he says, he made a list of everything he wanted to do with his life. One might call it a bucket list. As he got older he added some things to the list and dropped others. “You might think some of these are cliches — but they’re also true, and will help you lead a truly fulfilling life,” he says. It’s a pretty extensive list, and has cliches, as Brandus warned. But much of the list seemed like advice that wasn’t dished by out old, successful people at every commencement speech or given by every aunt, uncle and grandparent at graduation parties. The first piece of advice: “Zig when others zag.” Brandus goes on to encourage traveling, and taking only carry-ons whenever possible. He also gives a lot of advice about baseball — where to sit to catch a foul ball, which parks are the best, whether to watch games on TV or listen to them on the radio. Thanks for the advice, Paul. We’ll be sure not to visit the salad bar after 3 p.m.
New York Post sued over cover — The New York Post catches a lot of heat for its often controversial covers. Maria Sacchetti of The Boston Globe reported that the newspaper is now facing a defamation suit from a teenager and man claiming that the Post falsely portrayed them as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. The two appeared in a photo on the April 18 cover with the headline “Bag Men” in bold across the top. In a somewhat smaller font under the bold headline is printed “Feds seek this duo pictured at Boston Marathon.” A much smaller font at the bottom of the page reads: “Investigators probing the deadly Boston Marathon bombings are emailing law-enforcement agencies photos of these two men seen on surveillance near the finish line, The Post has learned…There is no direct evidence linking them to the crime.” Lawyers for the plaintiffs say their lives have changed considerably since the day the cover was printed and they now have the feeling that they are constantly being watched. Col Allan, editor of the paper, told the AP in April that the cover “did not identify them as suspects.”
Tiananmen Square film was smuggled in underwear — The most recognizable photo from the Tiananmen Square protest in 1989 is the photo of a protestor, now referred to as “Tank Man,” standing in front of a line of — any good guesses? — Chinese tanks. That photo was taken by AP’s Jeff Widener, and Patrick Witty of Time detailed the story behind the iconic shot. Widener, stuck in a hotel, began a spontaneous conversation with a young American named Kirk Martsen in order to blend in and appear as a tourist rather than a press photog. When Widener ran out of film, Martsen took to the chaotic streets and returned with one roll of Fuji, on which Widener captured the image. The photographer then gave Martsen the film to deliver to the AP bureau, which he did by stuffing the film in his underwear and hopping on his bike. Widener later learned that Martsen later encountered gunfire from Chinese soldiers and got lost going through the back roads of Beijing. He eventually wound up at the U.S. embassy, where he handed off the film to be delivered to the AP office. Five hours after Martsen left the hotel, Widener spoke to the office on the phone to confirm the photos had been put on the wire and sent around the world.