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Naja and Arnaud Girard, co-publishers, Key West the Newspaper (www.thebluepaper.com), published online every Friday
Bob Kelly, of Key West, floated this on Facebook yesterday.
Robert Emmet Kelly
TO THE FIRENDS OF NAJA AND ARNAUD AND THE BLUE PAPER:
I’m not quite sure of how to go about this. I chose these ten people somewhat at random as a means of getting the word out and enlisting the help of some who might volunteer to help to nominate our heroes for TWO Pulitzer Prizes. One for the Blue Paper for Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing; and one for Cartoons.
Nominations are due not later than January 26, 2015
I can to set up a collaboration site, either in Facebook or Google +, to be used to coordinate preparation of a formal nomination.
For the present, this can serve as a gathering place until the collaboration site is set up.
2:17pmRobert Emmet Kelly named the conversation: Pulitzer for The Blue Paper.
Thanks, Bob Kelly, you stole my and a number of other people’s including your own line, except the thought of nominating Arnaud’s “cartoons for a 2nd Pulitzer never entered my dumb mind – shame on me. I will publish this FB thread tomorrow at www.goodmorningkeywest.com.
Can you submit your invitation, and the http://www.pulitzer.org/ link, into reader comments under Naja and Arnaud’s CRB article in this week’s blue paper issue, as I imagine people will see it there, who will not see it on Facebook.
If you have more time, send this FB thread to CBS, the Citizen, the Keynoter, KONK Life, the Weekly Newspapers, Conch Color, and the Miami Herald.
A diabolical thought just arrived in my head. A 2nd, or piggy-backed, Facebook grassroots petition drive asking Mayor Cates and the city commissioners to give Naja and Arnaud and the blue paper an official award for stellar community work, and to officially declare Thanksgiving Day as Charles Eimers Day, in Key West, and to officially declare Key West the Newspaper a Key West Living Treasure.
How to submit an entry Any person may submit material coming from eligible U.S. newspapers or news sites publishing in print or online. In Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing only, work published in magazines and on their websites is also eligible. The entries should reflect what a reader saw and experienced. Some rules about numbers: ? Three entries per entity. No more than three entries may be made by the editors of a single newspaper, wire service, syndicate, magazine or other eligible news site in any one category. ? Two categories per material. The same content cannot be entered in more than two categories. ? Five named individuals maximum. Up to five individuals may be named on a team entry; they should be the strongest contributors to the work, whether they are reporters, photographers, videographers, graphic artists, producers or journalists who have worked in more than one format on the submitted entry. If the entry requires more than five specific names, it should be submitted in the name of the staff. ? Twenty items permitted in four categories: Public Service, Cartoons, Breaking News Photography and Feature Photography. Public Service entries may include editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, interactive graphics, databases or blogs. Cartoon entries may include still or animated images. ? Ten items permitted in nine categories: Breaking News Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Explanatory Reporting, Local Reporting, National Reporting, International Reporting, Commentary, Criticism and Editorial Writing. ? Five items permitted in one category: Feature Writing.
I pulled this from the link Bob Kelly provided, maybe the journalist or the news journal need to make the application? Or at least put together what someone else wants to submit in their behalf, with the entry fee?
Journalism entry Website is open
The entry Website for 2015 journalism entries is now open. Reporting, writing, photos and cartoons published by eligible news organizations in calendar 2014 can be submitted. Remember, some magazines and their news sites are eligible for the first time this year in two categories only: Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing (full press release; most asked questions)
Please read the Journalism Guidelines and Technical Requirements on the How to Enter page before submitting your entry. Also note the new guidelines for entry letters. Most common technical mistakes: don’t submit one large PDF of all your stories — they must be split up into separate files, and if you are submitting a multimedia package, it must be the only item in your entry.
Enter early! Good luck! –12/12/2014
how to enter…
Pulitzer Prizes expand eligibility in Feature and Investigative categories
The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, which honor the work of American newspapers and news sites, have expanded eligibility for two prize categories, Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing, to include many online and print magazines, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced today.
“After a considered review and discussion, we are adopting these changes in a spirit of experimentation, rooted in a commitment to the enduring values of great journalism,” said Danielle Allen, chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. “We have chosen to focus our evolution on investigative reporting because of its relevance to public life and feature writing because of its emphasis on literary merit.” — 12/08/2014
Online entry site
Entries must be submitted online. Entries on paper are no longer accepted. Payment of $50 entry fee is by credit card only. See FAQ 11 for information on eligibility.
Journalism guidelines/FAQ (pdf) Detailed explanation of the rules.
Technical requirements (pdf) Details on PDFs, video and other elements.
Examples of acceptable pdfs:
One column format: Washington Post Two column format: Associated Press Online entry format: ProPublica
Adapted from past entries, these examples illustrate readability. The Washington Post example also demonstrates how the original play of the story can be shown before it is reformatted into a one-column-wide PDF. The ProPublica example shows how an online site’s text story should be reformatted, in this case as one-column-wide PDF.
Below is the teaser for the blue paper’s article (www.thebluepaper.com) on the Charles Eimers killing by KWPD part of the recent CRB meeting, followed by reader comments:
UNANIMOUS! REQUEST FOR DOJ TO STEP IN ON EIMERS CASE / BOARD WILL PROBE DEEPER INTO TASING OF MATTHEW SHAUN MURPHY
“Garbage in. Garbage out.” That’s how Tom Milone, Vice-Chairman of the Citizen Review Board [CRB], described the concept of the Board relying on investigative reports furnished by KWPD, FDLE, and SAO [State Attorney’s Office] when it comes to local police brutality cases.
The CRB voted unanimously on Wednesday night to make a formal request to the US Department of Justice to investigate not only the in-custody-death of Charles Eimers, but also the agencies that produced what he called, “tainted, compromised, and unreliable” investigations. CONTINUE READING
8 COMMENTS ON “CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD SHOWS ITS TEETH!”
This was on yesterday’s popular Coconut Telegraph forum (www.bigpinekey.com):
[Charles Eimers’ Killing] Undergoing medical distress, induced by a diabetic episode, explains the disorientation and erratic conduct of Charles Eimers. He surrendered all of his ID to the police officer when asked. He was not running from anyone. Confused, fatigued, disabled and stressed, Mr. Eimers’ may have believed that he satisfied the requests of the police and drove on. The body (remains) was degraded to the point by the police, that a forensic examination could not take place. What justified killing this man?
Eimers case part of CRB meeting, reported in today’s Key West Citizen, my interjected thoughts in bold italics:
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CRB wants feds to review Eimers case
BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff
The U.S. Department of Justice needs to review the case of Charles Eimers, the Michigan man who died days after Key West police officers held him facedown during an arrest, the city’s independent review panel says.
“For a variety of reasons, I don’t trust the work that’s been done,” said Tom Milone, vice chairman of the Citizen Review Board (CRB) on Friday. “It appears that something very, very wrong happened.”
In a unanimous vote at its Wednesday night meeting, the Citizen Review Board directed its attorney adviser to call the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to find out what it required to make the request.
The CRB, a seven-person panel that reviews complaints of misconduct, agreed almost a year ago to hold off on any review of the Eimers case until the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the state attorney’s office and the Key West Police Department had released their respective reports.
But after watching each layer of review clear the police department, the panel decided this week that more scrutiny is needed.
Milone made the motion to request a DOJ review and member Joe Pais seconded it. All seven members voted in favor.
A grand jury in August cleared Key West police of any wrongdoing in the Thanksgiving 2013 death of Eimers, 61, whose arrest stemmed from a traffic stop that morning when he used a left-turn only lane to pass a police car.
The county medical examiner ruled the death an accident, though mentioned the “struggle” Eimers had with police that morning.
Videos taken by bystanders show Eimers surrendering to police after stopping his P.T. Cruiser outside the sand at the Southernmost Beach Cafe.
Eimers raises his hands in the air and drops to his knees, lying flat on the sand, video shows.
A second video that recorded what came after only surfaced last month, despite police having the phone number of the tourist who taped the arrest in their files.
That video shows police surrounding a mostly motionless Eimers, who is turned on his back once he stops breathing. His face is covered with sand and there is blood near his ear.
Police Chief Donie Lee says that all of these details have been reviewed by the grand jury and the FDLE.
State Attorney Catherine Vogel let the grand jury decide whether the police conduct was within the scope of the law. The FDLE also cleared the local police.
A Key West internal affairs probe concluded this month with two officers involved being disciplined for their conduct during the arrest.
Officer Gary Lee Lovette was suspended without pay for five days for his “lies and exaggerations” spoken to his family and others hours after the arrest ended in paramedics carting Eimers off to the emergency room.
How about Lovette told them the truth, which was so terrible Donie Lee and the grand jury and the State Attorney turned it into lies?
Lovette told someone it would have “been easier just to bury him,” according to a recording from his Taser stun gun, which he inexplicably left running for hours after the arrest on South Beach.
How about the Citizen simply reports everything Lovette said, instead of cherry picking and softening it, and let the Citizen’s readers decide for themselves, if they think Lovette exaggerated? Guaranteed, some of what Lovette said was seriously coarse, F-bombs, but, dang it, CRB member Joe Pais read it all out loud at the City Commission meeting, F-bombs and all, so it all should have been reported by the Citizen, which did not have a reporter at the CRB meeting, so I suppose this article today is based on listening to the sound recording of the meeting, since there was no video recording made.
Officer Henry del Valle was given a written reprimand for not following department policy when in pursuit of Eimers’ car, including not leaving his patrol car’s siren and lights on the entire time.
The CRB also instructed its attorney, Robert Cintron, to ask the attorneys representing the Eimers family in a wrongful death suit for the videotaped depositions of officers, including Chief Donie Lee.
“We don’t have the resources to conduct an Eimers investigation from scratch,” said Milone. “We don’t have the investigators. We don’t have the money. We have to rely on other agencies and other attorneys in the lawsuit. They’re bound to bring things out as well.”
During citizen comments, I told the CRB they need to gather all the information available, and streamline it into a “trial brief” showing what they want the Justice Department to see and, hopefully, causing them to want to investigate, as opposed to just inviting DOJ to investigate. The CRB members and Cintron then talked about how to do that, and Cintron told them he would help draft what is sent to DOJ.
Milone acknowledged that the federal officials don’t have to take up the Eimers case.
“Hopefully, they’ll give us a response one way or the other,” Milone said. They could say ‘no.'”
But the DOJ could also end up investigating the department as a whole, as it has in other cases that began with one incident, he said.
“Whatever happens, happens,” Milone said.
Yesterday, Key West’s annual dead homeless people memorial was held in the Key West Cemetery.
“Mud Dawg” Mike Tolbert called me last night, to ask where I was at the memorial? I said I had spaced it out.
Besides spacing it out, I took a nap, which lasted through the memorial. During the nap, I received dream instructions to submit my 2nd and 3rd comments under the blue paper article reported up above, and nothing was said in my dreams about the homeless memorial.
I told Mike that I wondered if I would be hammered in dreams last night, for missing the memorial? No, but Naja Girard did ask me in a dream, if I was going to write something about the memorial today?, after I’d already had a dream very much encouraging me to write about Naja and Arnaud receiving a Pulitzer, and then including the blue paper article’s teaser and reader comments in today’s post.
Mike and I had an interesting conversation about the memorial, which went sort of like:
I said, not all of the departed homeless people were homeless, which kinda bothered me, increasing their numbers, maybe to get more grant money than if there were fewer numbers? Mike said that bothered him, too. I said, it also bothered me that the folks who hosted the memorial did not get behind promoting attendance at Charles Eimers memorial, who the police profiled as being homeless, which is why the treated him so roughly (killed him). Mike said that bothered him, too.
I said, the people who were memorialized are happier and better off now, than when they were among the living, and it’s the people left behind who have the problem with them being dead and nobody to memorialize them. Mike agreed, said he wants a party thrown after he’s gone, not a solemn service. Me, too, I said. Mike said, when I die, City Commissioner Mark Rossi will throw a huge party on Duval Street, free beer; I said, because he’s so happy I’m gone and can’t poke him anymore. Yep, Mike said.
Mike said, Gwen Filosa was there, she probably would write up a nice article today. I said, but she was not at the CRB meeting, and still no article on that. Jesus said to let the dead bury the dead, I’m trying to do something about the living. Mike agreed. Mike and his wife, Patti Jo, were homeless together. They know that terrain. They cooked up turkeys and other vittles and fed all of KOTS clients and staff on Thanksgiving Day. KOTS is Key West overnight homeless shelter.
I told Mike, if I reported his and my conversation, it would not make everyone happy. He said, yep, so what?
Here is Gwen Filosa’s report today on the homeless memorial, my interjected thoughts in bold italics:
Saturday, December 20, 2014
A funeral for those who lived, died without
County spends $65K to cremate impoverished, homeless residents
BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff
Fifty-four Florida Keys residents who died in 2014 without family or friends to claim their remains, let alone make funeral arrangements and order the flowers and obituary notices, were honored Friday at Key West’s Homeless Persons Memorial Day service.
Prayers, hymns and pleas for unity across — and despite — income lines and various states of mental and physical health were offered during the 3 p.m. service held at the city cemetery.
On a small tropical island where the homeless is a political debate, mainly over where to move the overnight shelter that the city agreed to pack up from the sheriff’s property on Stock Island to settle a lawsuit by Sunset Marina homeowners, the annual service has become a verbal cease-fire.
None of the speakers spoke of lawsuits or the police’s common practice of jailing homeless men for drinking beer near Duval Street, where tourists routinely imbibe freely.
If I had been invited to speak at yesterday’s memorial, because I did live on the street in Key West, and I did a few months in Florida Keys Outreach Coalition’s program, and I did stay a brief time at KOTS, and during all that time and ever since I spoke and wrote to homeless issues in Key West, and elsewhere, but never was invited to speak at the annual memorial, I would have spoken of things nobody wanted to hear. I would have spoken of how truly difficult being homeless is in Key West, and of how it is not sufficient to honor dead homeless people, when so many living homeless people here are criminalized by the city government and its police, with tremendous support from the general populace. For the life of me, I do not understand why homeless people, or people who once were homeless, Mike and Patti Jo Tolbert, for example, do not conduct the annual memorial for dead homeless people. Why do people, who have no clue what being homeless is like, conduct the memorial? It’s okay they sponsor it, because homeless people have no resources or cohesion to sponsor the event; but those who have not been homeless have no standing to speak for dead homeless people. I wonder how many of the people who spoke yesterday spoke out at city commission meetings, against the city government criminalizing and using city police to terrorize and brutalize homeless people, simply because they are homeless? Facetious question.
Instead, the theme became one of restoring dignity to those who lived lives riddled with insult and injury.
Baloney. This is self-serving. They are with God, and need nothing from the left behinds, who need plenty.
“They are a part of us as well,” said J.T. Thompson, the Key West artist who introduced “One Human Family” as the island’s motto via bumper stickers in 2000. “Everyone is a part of us. Everyone is an extension of who you are.”
True, but the only time I recall hearing Thompson champion homeless people being part of the mythical one human family is at the annual memorial for homeless people who died that year.
Thompson spoke in detail about the Christmas Day Truce of 1914, when British and German soldiers stopped fighting in light of the holiday. They ate dinner, traded gifts, sang carols and even played soccer with improvised balls.
During that truce 100 years ago this week, an event never duplicated, the enemy soldiers also helped one another bury their dead, Thompson noted.
I would have talked about how many homeless people stupid, useless, costly US wars create.
While the annual ceremony attracts elected leaders, members of the clergy, nonprofit directors and local activists, it’s the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition that orchestrates the event.
Mike Tolbert told me the only elected city official he saw there yesterday was city commissioner Clayton Lopez. Mike said he thought commissioner Jimmy Weeklely was supposed to be there, but he did not see him, but maybe he was there.
The nonprofit, which works to house homeless individuals and families with children, purchased a vault at the Key West cemetery several years ago as a final resting place for people who died without a proper home or without any means to have any type of burial.
“It is important for us to honor and remember the humanity of those we served,” said Sam Kaufman, a local attorney who serves as chairman of the FKOC board of directors.
Monroe County will spend at least $65,000 this year on cremations for more than 50 men and women classified as “paupers” in government jargon, according to Sheryl Graham, Monroe County Social Services director.
Graham, who is in charge of trying to track down relatives or friends to claim the county’s indigent dead, was the first of several attendees Friday to read aloud the names collected in 2014 — in order of the time of death.
Dulce Maria Olavarietta, 87, died Jan. 8 in the Lower Keys, according to a list of the impoverished who the county helped lay to rest this year.
Although the last name on the county’s list so far is that of Cameron Eklund, 53, who died Dec. 1, two additional names were read aloud at Friday’s memorial service — Michael, 51, who died Dec. 9, and Rodney, a man remembered Friday by several locals as having battled alcoholism for years.
Friday marked the first time in 15 years that the Rev. Steve Braddock, FKOC’s president and CEO, didn’t preside over the event. Braddock suffered a brain hemorrhage last month and is recovering well, Kaufman said.
I told Mike Tolbert yesterday, that when I asked Steve Braddock to help promote attendance at Charles Eimers’ Thanksgiving Day memorial service, because the cops had profiled Eimers as living in his vehicle (homeless), Steve declined, said he would be away with his mother for Thanksgiving. The week before Thanksgiving, Steve suffered the brain hemorrhage. I told Mike, I can’t help what I see, and say about what I see, even though a lot of people don’t like me saying it. Steve should have have promoted the Charles Eimers memorial. He didn’t. He had the brain hemorrhage. Mike said he had no problem with how I see it. Not easy to see, by any means. Steve is a friend of mine. We went a lot of miles together. Sam Kaufman also is a friend of mine, and my lawyer. We went a lot of miles together.
City Commissioner Clayton Lopez was supposed to sing “Amazing Grace” during the service. But when his turn came, Lopez said instead of singing, he would rather read a verse of the age-old hymn and quote an old proverb.
“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal,” Lopez read.
Amen, Clayton. Thank you. However, it will help heaven greatly, if you, in your official capacity as a city commissioner, pester the other city commissioners and the mayor to order city police to leave homeless people alone, who are not causing serious trouble for other people, or are a serious threat to themselves. It also will help heaven greatly, if you, in your official capacity as a city commissioner, join the CRB in inviting the US Department of Justice to investigate the killing of Charles Eimers by Key West police in your city commission voting district, and the massive cover up which ensued. It also will help heaven greatly, if you, in your official capacity as a city commissioner, pester the other city commissioners and the mayor to ask Sheriff Rick Ramsay
to provide law enforcement in Key West, just as he does everywhere else in the Florida Keys, and the KWPD is disbanded. Sheriff Ramsay and his deputies have a far kinder, far saner, and far less expen$sive approach with homeless people, than KWPD has. Sheriff Ramsay and his deputies are not prone to behave like the Gestapo and get themselves, Monroe County and the several Florida Keys cities they protect and serve sued. Sheriff Ramsay and his deputies cannot be ordered by the Key West city government to do anything, because Sheriff Ramsay answers to Tallahassee.
Sloan Bashinsky, ex-lawyer