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Press Center: Logging the Smog

We're back at Press Center -- your daily roundup of cool and interesting stuff other media organizations are unearthing in Beijing (If you missed it, here's the first post).

We'll start with smog. If you haven't heard, Beijing has some. So much that there are at least two Olympic blogs devoted solely to it:

- The Houston Chronicle has its Smog Blog. "Smog Blog" -- how'd they come up with that?

From Jerome Solomon's Aug. 7 post:

It rolled in like The Blob on Sunday evening, and has been thickening ever since.

Looking out the window of my 10th-floor room, I can barely make out anything three blocks away. And I'm not talking about tall buildings. There are three blocks of parking lots in one direction, and I can barely see the cars in the third lot. Block four might as well be on the moon.
This stuff is riding dirty and low.

Meantime, ESPN has one, too. But their blog-namers choked, IMHO: Climate Blog.

Is this quantity of air quality coverage oppressive? Well, the United Nations thinks so.

Another hot media topic, of course, is Chinese Web censorship. Example: on the McClatchy Olympics Blog, Jack Chang lists some of the Web sites he and his colleagues have found to be blocked at the media center (Facebook? I'd come home.).

Other Stuff:

- The Telegraph reports that some of the Fireworks During Opening Ceremonies Were Faked. (Hat tip to the Grand Exalted Leader of the WashPost Olympics Delegation, Tracee Hamilton).

- Andy Bull of the Guardian blogs a well-put appreciation of women's fencing.

- AP: Kerri Walsh lost her wedding ring in Sunday's beach volleyball match. Did they find it? Click the link (NBC owes me for that one).

- More AP: Authorities say Bachman assailant was distraught by family issues.

- Sports Illustrated: Soccer guru Grant Wahl breaks down the U.S. men's soccer breakdown vs. the Netherlands.

- More on Twitter: Our corporate brothers at Slate are Twittering, presumably from their desks/couches here in the States. It sort of reads like a never-ending BS session with your buddies about the Olympics. If your buddies really really liked the Olympics. And spoke only in 100- to 140-character bursts.

They put the feed on their site, and they explained the plan here.

That's it for now. As I said yesterday, this can and should be a community effort -- if you see something I should share here, post it in the comments or email me.

By Jon DeNunzio  |  August 11, 2008; 8:31 AM ET
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