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From AJR,   January/February 2001

Cliché Corner   

By Lori Robertson
Lori Robertson (, a former AJR managing editor, is a senior contributing writer for the magazine.      

"A Republican Party strategist and consultant from Covington, Mr. Robertson spent the long Thanksgiving weekend at ground zero of the battle over the results of the presidential election in Florida."
Cincinnati Enquirer

"Voter News Service, the consortium at ground zero of the Election Day polling snafus, may be crumbling."
New York's Daily News

"Returning to 'Santaland' has given Kuntz and Maler the opportunity to fine-tune Sedaris' story of the maddening rush to Christmas as seen from ground zero: Macy's Santaland, where Sedaris worked as an elf assisting parents and children visiting Santa."
Boston Herald

"Members of Illinois' Electoral College aren't at ground zero like their counterparts in Florida."
Chicago Sun-Times

" 'I'm not complaining,' said Sean Frisbee, general manager of the Radisson Suite Inn on Australian Avenue. 'The whole city won't be complaining, given the economic impact' of the visitors descending on ground zero of the botched-ballot battle."
Palm Beach Post

"(The fact that ground zero in the current crisis lies 60 miles to the north, in well-to-do Palm Beach, only shows that Miami may be contagious.)"
New York Times

"For a while, ground zero for his work was a neighborhood hangout, Enrico's Sidewalk Cafe in San Francisco's North Beach, where [environmental activist David] Brower held court in his own booth, complete with private telephone."
Los Angeles Times

"The Miami house that for five months was Ground Zero of the custody battle over 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez is to become a permanent shrine to the Cuban shipwreck survivor."
Philadelphia Inquirer

"And tonight through Sunday, Seattle will be ground zero for a psychedelic revolution when Terrastock IV pitches its paisley tent at the Showbox."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"In more-recent memory, in 1908 a meteorite hit Tunguska, Siberia, and demolished a half-million acres; if it had landed five hours later, the rotation of the earth would have made St. Petersburg ground zero --and left the city a smoldering crater."
Cleveland's Plain Dealer

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