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NHL commish blasts pols, Bode Miller medals, Canada shoots left

Worth reading this a.m.:

Jim Baumbach and Randi Marshall on the Lighthouse Project, the Islanders and the NHL commish here.

Newsday's coverage of this endless but important saga is an example of the ongoing value of our enterprise, even in these difficult economic times, because no other news organization on Earth documents life on Long Island as thoroughly as we do.

Meanwhile, in British Columbia, former Newsday scribe Tim Layden has an excellent piece here for SI about Bode Miller.

It nicely illustrates the value of sportswriters who actually cover Olympic sports and athletes over time rather than parachuting in to fake expertise for the Games themselves.

But my favorite non-Newsday story of the day is this one by Jeff Z. Klein in the NYT.

I fancy myself a bit of a hockey expert, or at least a big fan of the sport, but I admit it: I had absolutely, positively no idea until this morning that far more Canadians (and Europeans) shoot lefty than do Americans.

Is it too late for our Olympic team to make the switch before the tournament begins?

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