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A reader emails me: “This was just sent from Greg Osberg, the head of PMN [Philadelphia Media Network], to all of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com employees.”

Today, the Inquirer will publish a story on Philly.com about allegations of child molestation by Bill Conlin, a former sports columnist at the Daily News. There were several very specific claims, from multiple victims and their families, to support our decision to publish this article. We have always taken tremendous pride in the ethical and moral standards we operate from at PMN. I am sickened by these allegations. It is important to me that you know that we have accepted his retirement today. I will be meeting with the department managers this afternoon, and they will in turn, be meeting with you to answer questions.

Greg

* Four say they were molested by Philly Daily News sports columnist

Three women and a man tell the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Nancy Phillips that Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin groped and fondled them during the 1970s, when they were from ages 7 to 12.

“This is a tragedy,” Kelley Blanchet, a niece of Conlin’s who said he molested her when she was a child, tells Phillips. “People have kept his secret. It’s not just the victims, it’s the victims’ families. There were so many people who knew about this and did nothing.”

Conlin, who has been with the Daily News for four decades, retired today.

Phillips told me she started working on the story a couple of weeks ago after “one of the women called to tell me” about the abuse.

* Four say Philly Daily News writer Bill Conlin sexually abused them as children (Philadelphia Inquirer)

An NPR listener complained that “when anything is mentioned on NPR concerning religion, it seems that the only religion mentioned is the Catholic religion.” NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos examined the coverage and, with the help of librarian Elizabeth Allin, found that Islam was most-often mentioned on the network over the last 12 months. The findings:

Islam: 148
Christianity: 63
Judaism: 55
Catholicism: 39
Buddhism: 14
Mormonism: 12
Protestant: 6
Amish: 2
Hinduism: 1

Is NPR Doing Too Many Stories on Catholicism? (NPR)

Bill Conlin

Deadspin is reporting that longtime Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin has resigned and that Philadelphia Inquirer investigative reporter Nancy Phillips is about to come out with a story containing child molestation allegations against him. I’ve put in calls to Phillips and editors at both papers. Deadspin says Conlin has hired a lawyer and is at his condo in Largo, Fla. || UPDATE: KYW 1060 in Philadelphia reports the Inquirer story about the Conlin allegations involve molestation of girls 40 years ago, according to this tweet.

Christine Rousselle

Providence College student Christine Rousselle says she received at least five marriage proposals after writing about how she witnessed “massive amounts of welfare fraud and abuse” while working as a Walmart cashier. She says that abuse included “extravagant purchases made with food stamps; including, but not limited to: steaks, lobsters, and giant birthday cakes.” Rousselle was also upset by:

People ignoring me on their iPhones while the state paid for their food. (For those of you keeping score at home, an iPhone is at least $200, and requires a data package of at least $25 a month. If a person can spend $25+ a month so they can watch YouTube 24/7, I don’t see why they can’t spend that money on food.)

Rousselle tells the Bangor Daily News that “I’ve actually gotten five marriage proposals from this. Or at least five. I haven’t checked the comments yet today.” She adds: “I’m floored by all of this. …I’m having the time of my life. I would love to do this full-time. My dream job is to be Ann Coulter.” (Coulter praised Rousselle’s column in a tweet.)

The college junior’s next move is to set her critics straight.

I’m planning another post – ‘Christine is not a monster’ – just to clear up some misconceptions. Oddly enough, there have been comments accusing me of being a racist. Well, Maine is 94 percent white, and the people I referenced in the column were white. People are going to read what they want to read. One person called me a pretty little privileged white girl. No. That’s not true. It’s very weird to be attacked on a personal level.

* My Time at Walmart: Why We Need Serious Welfare Reform (College Conservative)
* Student Gets Marriage Offers After Welfare Column Goes Viral (Bangor Daily News)

UPDATE: There are a lot of comments about this post on my Facebook page. Friend me if want to read them.

One of my favorite Twitter feeds is Ned Rolsma’s @imsevenfeet, which is filled with tweets about people’s reactions to his height (and, often, his responses). Some recent ones:

“Excuse me! HEY! Do u play basketball?” – 2 ladies behind me in #UnionStation. “HELLLOOOO!” Blew em off, didn’t wanna assume they meant me.

“Hey, if we need to get anything up high we can just grab him!” – guy in Toys r Us, to lady at other end of aisle. #BlackFriday

Ned — an actor who got his broadcast journalism degree from the University of Tennessee a decade ago — tells me he came up with the idea of tweeting reactions to his height about three years ago.

I was going through a stretch where I carried a bit of a bad attitude about the barrage of “HTRU?”s & other height related remarks that follow me anytime I walk out the front door.

Halloween 2011

I became overly self-conscious and took the constant attention and scrutiny very personally; generally feeling picked on, mocked, and made fun of. A good friend of mine suggested I do something fun and creative with it; make a game of it, as sort of a therapeutic way to disengage from taking it all too seriously and to share with people the litany of comments and reactions I get that run the gamut from warm, genuine, and kind, to hilarious and off-the-wall, to rude, ignorant, and thoughtless.

He says “people of all varieties and walks-of-life” bring up his height. “Boy, if I had a nickel for every ‘It’s good to be tall!’ I hear, and I find that fascinating,” he tells me in email. “It’s something I want to get to the bottom of and maybe shine a light in there, help people get past it and the other apparent ‘differences’ we have between us, and shift the focus back to that which makes us all exactly the same.” Read More