Monday headline mash-up
"Will be hiding tomorrow's newspaper from kids," somberly resolves Washington Post's Todd Frankel, sharing sad news from his publication on the viral sensation "Route 29 Batman," a.k.a. Lenny Robinson, who was killed after his car broke down along a Maryland highway. A self-made success who spent his own money on bringing joy to children in hospitals, here's what made him so very special. John Donvan at ABC News responds, "this breaks hearts. I saw this Batman In action many times, thanks to @hopeforhenry." Sara Just at PBS Newshour reflects, "Sometimes it feels like there are few real superheroes in the world. @batmanLenny was one." In a rare move, the Post chose to briefly drop stylistic convention to refer to Robinson as "Batman" throughout the article, which pleased some but disgruntled others. "Don’t understand why WaPo wrote about the death of Lenny Robinson — aka Route 29 Batman — like it was a big joke," complains HuffPo's Kim Bellware.
This morning an earthquake shook north of Piedmont, California (near San Francisco, for you East Coasters), which led to yet more memorable moments on live broadcast news. "Good morning, says California’s seismically active geology. 4.0 earthquake (not too big) this morning," summarizes CNET's Stephen Shankland. In far worse seismic occurrences, a deadly explosion rocked central Bangkok as police deal with a remaining active bomb. "Deadly bomb blasts in central Bangkok, govt says aimed at tourists. At least 2 dozen killed. BBC on top of story," tweets Mike Mosettig at PBS. Steve Herman with Voice of America was Periscoping live at the scene (check back for future live 'scopes).
In other investigations, take a peek at how ISIS tapped into girl-power culture to lured 3 London teenagers. "When even something archaic as religion becomes target of freakout by the state it can become cool & transgressive," theorizes The Intercept's Murtaza Hussain. Meanwhile, the Obama administration warns China about its agents pressuring certain Chinese expats to return home. At the Financial Times in Beijing, Lucy Hornby notes, "this is real prob, ask any Chinese studying in US." And in other excellent muckraking, ProPublica reports that Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern tried to kill a government investigation into its broken promises to disaster victims and others. "Despite vows of transparency, Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern lobbied behind the scenes to kill government inquiry," tweets that article's author Justin Elliott.