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“What’s ludicrous here is that the NYPD is refusing to be open about its own transparency process itself.”
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* NYPD denies FOIA request for Freedom of Information handbook (freebeacon.com)

– h/t Jerry Ceppos

Claire Martin tipped me off via Twitter to a Loveland (Col.) Reporter-Herald weather story with a “stunning, unique weather graphic [that] illustrates schizo CO weather.” (She was joking.)
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I stared at it for bit and could only see a child’s drawing of a house and – I’m guessing – a hammock behind it.

I asked Reporter-Herald managing editor Jeff Stahla for help, and he explained:

We’ve had a feature for at least 20 years in which local children draw a “weather” picture that runs next to our Accuweather forecast. Some schools have their students draw a weather picture as part of their meteorology units, some preschools have it as a fun activity and sometimes local parents submit them pretty randomly.

With student artists ranging from 3 to 10 years old, the amount of reality to actual weather events is sometimes not that strong, but it’s a cute and traditional feature.

Before 2012, we tried to match the weather drawing with the day’s forecast; however, that year was one of Colorado’s worst droughts, and we ran out of “sunny” photos while having a backlog of other weather events — rain, especially, but also tornadoes and sharknadoes and whatnot.

So, while we have a traditional weather page, sometimes when we’re looking for a piece of “art” to go with the day’s forecast story, we’ll give a nod to our artistic kids.

The children get credit for their drawings in the print edition, but not online.

* Friday’s weather: High near 61 degrees (reporterherald.com)
* Earlier: Reporter draws seating chart graphic to go with his meeting story (jimromenesko.com)

Former Washington Post Co. CEO Don Graham (now head of Graham Holdings Co.) spoke with OZY for a two-part video interview. Here are some excerpts:

On the Post under Jeff Bezos:
“I’ve stayed away from the Post [since selling it]. I won’t pretend to be an expert on what Jeff’s doing, but I’m really impressed with the quality of the paper right now.”

Don Graham talks to OZY

Don Graham talks to OZY

On meeting Mark Zuckerberg for the first time:
“He was a very unusual 20-year-old. He was at that point shy and awkward, but super thoughtful. You would ask him a question and he would pause before answering it. I wasn’t entirely sure why he was pausing – I didn’t know if I had insulted him or something – but he was thinking, and we in Washington are not used to people thinking when you ask them a question.”

On Warren Buffett becoming a Post director:
“He became involved when my mother opened her mail one day in 1973 and read a letter from someone she did not know, saying ‘Dear Mrs. Graham, I’ve just bought over 10% of your company and my name is Warren Buffett.’

“She brought the letter down to me. We each read three newspapers every day; neither one of us had ever heard of Warren Buffett. He quickly became, not merely a director of the company, but the person my mother would turn to for advice on acquisitions, advice on any important management move – and quite a few unimportant management moves that she was going to make – and his advice was worth billions to our company.”

* Don Graham on Mom Graham | Graham on the business of journalism (ozy.com)

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Kaylea M. Hutson, managing editor of the the Grove (OK) Sun, tells me she wrote this headline after “a stressful day.” About one-third of the town’s 7,000 residents were without power for a while on Thursday because of a squirrel. “The people I showed the headline to all laughed at it,” she says.

* Squirrelmageddon: Power outage delays emergency drill (grandlakenews.com)| h/t Bill Reader

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Cornell president David Skorton (right) is leaving the university to lead the Smithsonian Institution. He’s been writing a bi-monthly column for the Cornell Daily Sun and, in an Ithaca Journal Q and A, discusses how it feels to be edited by a student journalist. Skorton says:
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* Cornell president answers Smithsonian’s call (ithacajournal.com) | h/t Elaine Povich

* James Wolcott says building your brand and keeping itbrand fresh sounds exhausting. (vanityfair.com)
* Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News co-owner George Norcross didn’t mean to ask journalists in his newsrooms to donate to his brother’s campaign, says his rep. (philly.com)
* Daily Beast lost $100 million under Tina Brown, reports Michael Wolff. Wrong, says the site’s spokesperson. (thewrap.com)
* Brian Fung: The case for banning the .sucks domain doesn’t seem all that strong. (washingtonpost.com)
* Nate Silver: “About 85% of our applications [from people wanting to work at FiveThirtyEight] come in from men. That worries us.” (nymag.com)
* MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough will be included in a New Hampshire GOP presidential survey this weekend. (thehill.com)
BRANDON* Brandon Ambrosino (left), the writer Ezra Klein hired for Vox’s gay beat is called “unbelievably terrible.” (slate.com) | Andrew Sullivan disagrees. (andrewsullivan.com)
* Eater hires three fulltime restaurant critics. (eater.com)
* “A lot of us [former Russia Today staffers] joke that we have PTSD from working there.” (buzzfeed.com)
* Seattle’s NAACP chapter isn’t a fan of The Stranger alt-weekly. (thestranger.com)
* Everyone’s doing it: Al.com staffers read mean tweets and emails. (al.com) | Earlier: Indy Star journalists read mean comments from readers. (indystar.com) | Earlier: Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell reads his holiday hate mail. (youtube.com)
* University of California Davis student newspaper suspends print publication just shy of its 100th birthday. (sacbee.com)