USA TODAY Executive Editor. Writes sometimes, frets always. RTs are fun but reporting is better.

Bradlee-Neuharth 'feud' fueled two egos — How the Ben Bradlee-Al Neuharth feud fueled two egos. Ben Bradlee, who died Tuesday at age 93, was best known for taking on Richard Nixon. But here at USA TODAY, the iconic editor of The Washington Post was one of the earliest and harshest critics of The Nation's Newspaper.

Dick Smith, movie makeup master, dies at 92 — Dick Smith, the Larchmont native who became a Hollywood makeup legend - turning Linda Blair into a demon in "The Exorcist" and Marlon Brando into an aging mafia don in "The Godfather" - has died at age 92. Smith's death, which came after a long illness, was announced by his friend and fellow makeup artist Rick Baker on Thursday.

Movie makeup master Dick Smith dies at 92 — Dick Smith, the Hollywood makeup legend who turned Linda Blair into a demon in The Exorcist and Marlon Brando into an aging mafia don in The Godfather, has died at the age of 92.

Violent flare-ups in Ukraine and Gaza need to kept in proper perspective — With Twitter ablaze with tweets of war and terror, and cable news airing carnage at the top of every hour, it's easy to think the world is unraveling. Especially now, when troubles loom from Gaza to Ukraine and beyond.

Voices: Why we need Godzilla more than ever — In an era of 9/11, Katrina, tsunamis and typhoons, is it too soon for Godzilla to return? The monstrous truth is that the Big G has always been a creature of his times, thundering ashore like a force of nature, yes, but making a gigantic political statement as well.

Passages 2013: Remembering those we lost — Remembering those who left us in 2013, the talented, the influential and, in a few cases such as Nelson Mandela, the very great. "Oh it's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you ...

Our guide to 2013's best graphic novels and collections — USA TODAY's fanboy triumvirate picks 'S.H.I.E.L.D.,' 'Black Beetle' and 'Fifth Beatle' as some of 2013's best. Every Yuletide, Eisner Award-nominated Brian Truitt and USA TODAY's other comic-book enthusiasts, David Colton and John Geddes, compile their Super Gift Guide, the best collections and graphic novels from the past year.

World finally catches up with Rube Goldberg — Has the world finally caught up with Rube Goldberg? As daily life gets more complicated -- just how many steps does it take to activate a cellphone these days? -- the mechanized whimsy of Goldberg's crazed contraptions seems more relevant than ever.

Somber skies: Flying on 9/11 — I've flown on Christmas Day - sad flights as you scan the faces row by row to see where the holiday magic has gone. Once I flew on Halloween night and was startled by flight attendants in witches' hats, green facepaint and brooms. But this morning I flew on the 12th anniversary of 9/11.

Front page photo — USA TODAY's front page captured a moment in gay marriage debate, and also drew criticism. Front page of USA TODAY on day after Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage. (Photo: USA TODAY) Executive Editor David Colton offers an occasional look inside the USA TODAY newsroom.
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Oct 23, 2014

RT @hboulware: The test doesn’t work unless they have symptoms. RT @DColtonNow: Health comm: His friends won't be tested 'unless they develop symptoms.'

Oct 23, 2014

Officials praise doctor's 'self-isolation,' but don't address decision to go bowling. Suggest he wasn't sick yet.

Oct 23, 2014

Health commissioner: His friends won't be tested 'unless they develop symptoms.'

Oct 23, 2014

Health commissioner: No reason for other tenants in his apartment to be concerned.

Oct 23, 2014

'He spent most of his time in his apartment.'

Oct 23, 2014

'He did bowl,' health commissioner says. Bowling alley called 'The Gutter.' It has closed for now.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @pmmichalski: NYC officials turn over to Dr Frieden at the CDC who is on the phone at this news conference.

Oct 23, 2014

NYC Health Commissioner: Patient rode the A-train, the No. 1 train, the L-train. Went to a bowling alley in Williamsburg.

Oct 23, 2014

Cuomo: 'We've acted very very quickly.' Talking to four people doctor was on contact with. 'We have the situation under control.'

Oct 23, 2014

Cuomo: WH Ebola czar sending teams to help out.

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