One Westporter made national news this week.
Another reported it.
The New York Times took note of Estelle Margolis’ not guilty plea to a breach of peace charge. The 86-year-old longtime peace activist brought a BB gun, pellets and a box of .45-caliber ammunition to an RTM meeting this month. The town body was debating gun control.
The Times said:
The episode has generated debate on local news Web sites, where the headlines usually tell of shoplifters and charity drives, and between friends who said she had meant no harm and others who acknowledged her respected place in town but maintained that her protest could have ended with someone hurt.
The paper also reported on her open letter:
I need to apologize to everyone in Westport for my ill-conceived attempt to bring attention to the pressing need for serious gun and ammunition control. I deeply regret the fact that what I did was dangerous and created a great deal of anxiety for everyone and especially the young police officers at the meeting.
In the same letter, it added, “she called for curbs on guns and ammunition and for better mental health care, and criticized the National Rifle Association as holding too much sway.”
Meanwhile, Staples graduate and current ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap snagged Manti Te’o for an exclusive 2-hour, off-camera interview.
On ESPN’s website, Schaap dug into the beyond-bizarre story about a Notre Dame Heisman Trophy candidate football player’s lengthy romance with an automobile accident victim and dead Stanford student who was not hit by a drunk driver, did not have leukemia, did not go to Stanford — okay, technically, she did not exist — and heard Te’0 deny any involvement in the “hoax.”
According to Deadspin — which broke the head-spinning story — Te’o’s “apparent defense is that he had no reason to think his twice-undead dead long-distance girlfriend, whom he never met or saw outside of photographs, whose funeral he never thought to attend, might have been a phony.”