Saturday, May 12, 2012

CAUGHT IN THE WEB: Happy Mother’s Day, and other stuff

Last week we bid adieu to Rene Cizio, a cherished colleague and friend, but that didn’t stop us from doing our thing on the Web. We have lots of new content and features to further enhance your experience at

First off, happy Mother’s Day from our bloggers to you. We have a wonderful group that has decided to blog about mothers in honor of moms everywhere. I’ve read most of them myself already, and they are outstanding. By the time you read this, I’ll have my own ode to my mother up on my blog, as well; so check it out at ”Confessions of a 20-Something Manchild,” in the Life section of our site.

Speaking of bloggers, we have several new blogs coming to you that have been added in the last week. Sports blogs about all of the professional teams in Detroit, as well as a NASCAR blog and an outdoors blog. We also have added three new entertainment blogs that will totally cover the world of pop culture. Make sure to check out “The World According to Mandy,” written by Mandy Lee; “Pop Watch,” written by Bill Ewald; and “I’m Sure I Was Making Some Kind Of Point,” by David Scanlan. All three are excellent choices that you can’t go wrong taking the time to read.

Fans of my blog will recognize Scanlan as the third member — the second being fellow “Dave,” News-Herald staffer David Komer — of the Davey Awards voting panel from a series of February posts where we picked the winners and losers of the past year in the movie industry. Scanlan also will be an occasional guest host on “Culture Cast,” which is the podcast that I co-host with Komer. The other two entertainment blogs are new faces to our site, but both spin excellent stories about anything and everything pop culture related.
In other Web news, a cool new feature we added enhanced the ease with which you can share stories to your favorite social media sites. You now can easily share to sites like Blogger, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr and others in addition to still being able to share to Facebook and Twitter with ease. Basically, if there is a social network out there you belong to, you now can easily share your favorite content to that site.

Another cool thing that happened this week was when one of the Dearborn Press & Guide’s bloggers, Wendy Fichter, who happens to be an Allen Park resident, was in the office getting help with her blog earlier this week. While she was here, she mentioned that she had been to the opening of the TechShop in Allen Park last weekend, and that she recorded the ribbon-cutting ceremony. We had a photographer there, but hadn’t gotten the video, but Fichter was more than happy to share with us, so we could bring it to you.

The ribbon was not made of cloth, but steel. Instead of a giant pair of scissors to snip it in two, the ribbon-cutters — Randy Visintanier, director of Ford Motor Co. research and innovation, and U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-15th District) — donned safety goggles and used a plasma cutter. It’s pretty cool stuff.

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