Afternoon Edition: May 14, 2015

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The media ask questions of Mayor Michael Nutter and NTSB officials.
Bigfoots Arrive in Philly III

Port Richmond, the Philly neighborhood where Amtrak 188 rumbled off the tracks, is a place where most reporters don’t go. Most people in Port Richmond can’t do much because of the dozens of journalists crowding out the locals. Although the area remains predominantly Polish and Irish, other ethnic groups have moved into the locale, creating tension among the longtime residents. We have rarely seen a story about Port Richmond on the local TV news unless something bad happens. Moreover, John Taylor, who has represented the area since 1984, is a Republican. Yes, it must be the Republicans’ fault that the train crashed. For more details, see http://bit.ly/1PIZvRZ

MEDIA BIAS

ABC main anchor and former Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulos gave $50,000 $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation without telling his bosses or viewers. Having worked for ABC News for 15 years, we know the network policy. A staff member cannot donate to political causes. Is the foundation political? We think so. No matter what, the ABC bigwig should have at least told his viewers that he is biased. For more details, see http://politi.co/1FgejWH

MY FRIEND IS MY ENEMY

As Saudi Arabia’s King Salman stiffed President Obama’s “summit” on strategy in the Middle East, the kingdom apparently has been reaping the rewards of its policy of pushing down the price of oil. The strategy, which hurts U.S. shale-oil production, reportedly has returned the Saudis to a more dominant position in setting oil prices. As the saying goes, with friends like this, who needs enemies? We guess the Saudis have become frenemies. For more details, see http://read.bi/1H5iJwm

SERIOUS CLICK-BAIT

Thousands of people have been tracking Mary Lee, a great white shark with a transmitter. She travels along the East Coast and has been spotted recently near New York City. For more details, see http://bit.ly/1RJEJp3

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