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4:45 PM ET, December 20, 2011

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Nancy Phillips / Philly.com:
Four say Philly Daily News writer Bill Conlin sexually abused them as children  —  Three women and a man say they were molested as children by Bill Conlin, a Hall of Fame baseball writer and Philadelphia Daily News columnist.  —  In vivid accounts, the four say Conlin groped and fondled them …
Discussion: Poynter
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A.J. Daulerio / Deadspin:
Legendary Columnist Bill Conlin Resigns Over Forthcoming Philly Inquirer Bombshell  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer's top investigative reporter, Nancy Phillips, has written a story containing what we're told are allegations of child molestation against sportswriter Bill Conlin, a longtime columnist at the rival Daily News.
The 20 | NBC Philadelphia:
Bill Conlin Retires, Doesn't Resign  —  According to Deadspin, “The Philadelphia Inquirer's top investigative reporter, Nancy Phillips, has written a story containing what we're told are allegations of child molestation against sportswriter Bill Conlin, a longtime columnist at the rival Daily News.
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David Dishneau / Associated Press:
US close to resting case against Manning  —  FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — The U.S. government neared the end of its case Tuesday against the Army intelligence analyst blamed for the biggest leak of national secrets in American history.  —  The prosecution was expected to call its final six witnesses …
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Guardian:
Bradley Manning hearing - live updates  —  • Pre-trial military hearing enters its fifth day in Maryland  —  • Prosecutors say evidence links Manning to Julian Assange  —  • At Fort Meade: Dominic Rushe (DR) and Matt Williams (MW)  —  • At the Guardian in New York: Adam Gabbatt
Pauline Jelinek / Associated Press:
Alleged leaker case more tech than military
Discussion: CNN
The Independent:
Piers Morgan ‘unaware of phone hacking’  —  Former tabloid newspaper editor Piers Morgan today told an inquiry into press standards that he was unaware of any phone hacking when in charge at the Daily Mirror.  And Mr Morgan said he had not been “directly involved” in the use of private investigators at the Daily Mirror.
Discussion: Guardian and TVNewser
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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Piers Morgan Attacks Critics, Calls Accuser Insane at Ethics Hearing  —  Piers Morgan is tired of people trying to tie him to the phone-hacking scandal consuming the U.K. journalism industry.  On Tuesday, during live video testimony to the British government's Leveson Inquiry on press ethics …
The Sydney Morning Herald:
Piers Morgan quiet on McCartney voicemail  —  CNN star interviewer Piers Morgan has refused to disclose details about the most damning links between himself and Britain's phone hacking scandal - his acknowledgment that he once listened to a phone message left by Paul McCartney for his then-wife Heather Mills.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
News of the World publisher settles seven phone-hacking claims  —  Claims by Mark Oaten, Ulrika Jonsson, Abi Titmuss, Michelle Milburn, Paul Dadge, James Hewitt and Calum Best settled  —  News International said it had settled seven privacy claims against News Group Newspapers, the publisher of the now-defunct News of the World.
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: Rupert Murdoch could be called
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:   Upcoming Conference to Focus on News Corp. Hacking Scandal
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:   U.S. Attorney Recuses Himself From News Corp. Investigation
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:   News Corp., Gascoigne Close to Settling Phone-Hacking Lawsuit
Joel Simon / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Journalists killed: Inside the numbers  —  CPJ today released its annual tally of the journalists killed around the world.  This is always a somber occasion for us as we chronicle the grim toll, remember friends who have been lost, and recommit ourselves to justice.
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Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:   Record number of journalists killed on ‘dangerous assignments’
Nadira Isayeva / Guardian:   Khadzhimurad Kamalov: a death foreseen
Brian Beutler / TPM:
Ryan's Plan Still Ends Medicare Even If Politifact Rates That As A Lie  —  Ryan's Plan Still Ends Medicare Even If PolitiFact Rates That As A Lie  —  Here's a long, sad story about how Democrats' basically true claim that House Republicans voted to end Medicare ended up “winning” …
Ira Stoll / The Future of Capitalism:
The Times Shell Game  —  The New York Observer's Foster Kamer has a dispatch about how the New York Times has “bought out” several of its veteran employees, while retaining them as “contractors” to do the same jobs they were doing before.  It quotes an email from Times staffer-turned-contractor Diana B. Henriques:
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Katy Roberts, Jody Alesandro to leave ‘Times’ in buyout scheme
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Publishing Insider Tipped Law Firms About E-Book Price Fixing Conspiracy  —  The decision by major publishers to strike a pricing deal with Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has been the source of speculation and several antitrust investigations.  Now, a new court filing suggests someone inside the industry …
Discussion: The Awl and TeleRead
Paul Lamkin / Pocket-lint:
Netflix signs up BBC for UK launch  —  Auntie on board for streaming fun  —  Netflix has snapped up a digital licensing agreement with BBC Worldwide ahead of its arrival in the United Kingdom and Ireland, meaning access to the wealth of Beeb goodies.  —  The deal means shows such as Spooks …
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Livestream the Super Bowl, Kick Off Disruption of Broadcast TV  —  Screenshot of the NFL 2011 iPad app, courtesy iTunes  —  In February, Super Bowl XLVI will be the first instance of the biggest game of the year to stream live over the web, via NFL.com and NBCSports.com.
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Richard Sandomir / The Fifth Down:
NBC Will Stream Super Bowl
Greg Jarboe / Search Engine Watch:
Hulu Grew Audience by 23% Year on Year  —  Late last week, comScore Video Metrix released its November 2011 U.S. Online Video Rankings.  The data showed that 183 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content that month for an average of 20.5 hours per viewer.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
On Word of Kim's Death, a Varied Response on Cable News  —  Rarely are the contrasts between CNN, the Fox News Channel and MSNBC as visible as they are on nights like Sunday, when the death of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il was reported.  —  CNN, which is best known for its news credentials …
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Newspapers in Europe cover death of Vaclav Havel, not Kim Jong-Il
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