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March 14, 2014

Salem sailor part of search for missing plane

SALEM — The USS Pinckney, a guided missile destroyer, joined the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 soon after it disappeared Saturday morning.

We have a connection to that search.

One of the more than 300 sailors aboard the Pinckney is Boatswain’s Mate Matthew Gifford, the 20-year-old son of police Sgt. Peter Gifford and his wife, Nancy.

“They just happened to be right there when this happened,” said Sgt. Gifford. “It’s the only ship the Navy had in the area.”

On Wednesday, the Pinckney was joined by the USS Kidd, another guided missile destroyer, in the search for a plane that went off the radar screens soon after taking off early Saturday with 239 passengers aboard. The plane departed Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.

The Pinckney left San Diego Jan. 7 for the western Pacific Ocean.

New York, New York

While most of us were getting our culture Friday night by eating a pepperoni pizza while watching mustachioed Tom Selleck in “Blue Bloods,” the Salem High School Concert Band took a higher road.

They were in New York City — all 92 of them — performing at Carnegie Hall.

If you don’t think Salem High has an absolutely incredible music program, think again.

Titillating Tierney

The Economist — the magazine for people with enough spare time to read a story about the country Kiribati — ran a provocative headline recently over an article on our local congressman, John Tierney.

“How to date a supermodel” was the headline. The brief article that followed had nothing to do with supermodels, but a lot to do with Tierney.

The article was about the National Republican Congressional Committee, which has acquired hundreds of Web addresses with the names of Democratic candidates. The websites appear supportive of the Democratic candidates but are far from it.

A campaign website called “John Tierney for Congress” calls the Salem Democrat “one of the most extreme and partisan members of Congress.”

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