In the 24-hour, cascading-waterfall news cycle, news that would otherwise get our attention sometimes becomes obscured by the sheer magnitude of other news. Such is the case this week. Vying for our attention are the runoff election in Louisiana for the U.S. Senate; President Obama's trip to China; the nomination of Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to replace Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General; North Korea's release of two American captives after a secret trip there by Obama's intelligence chief; the announcement of the deployment of 1,500 more U.S. troops to Iraq; the Kaci Hickox story in Maine; the news that New York City doctor Craig Spencer is Ebola-free; the public objections of congressional Republicans to Obama's announced intention to take executive action on immigration; etc.
But along with all of the above, we were pleased to learn that, last Saturday in Los Angeles, my friend of 50 years, Harry Belafonte, was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Oscar, by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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