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Start Spreading the News

Now that I have an RSS ticker for news, I often see odd headlines scrolling by that begged to be read. Today, an unsigned feed from the New York Times popped up. Intrigued, I clicked the link and got This Day in Sports: January 5, 1920. It’s the 86th anniversary of the selling of Babe Ruth to the Yankees, and not even Dan Shaughnessy noticed. His most recent column his is attempt to stir the Patriots’ pot in advance of the Super Bowl. Only those Red Sox-obsessed New Yorkers even bothered to note this date, and that person wouldn’t even ascribe their name to the piece.

At first I wasn’t happy with the news ticker because I’m not able to customize the feeds. But the somewhat random nature of it is beginning to appeal to me. It’s based on a Google search for RSS feeds tagged “red sox” and therefore leads to articles that I would otherwise not know of. Once I get better idea of how to convert the RSS to HTML and a new host that has the server side support I need for this, the “News” subpage will be populated. You can access it by clicking on Peter Gammons’s noggin. And he thought getting into the National Baseball Hall of Fame was a grandiose tribute.

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