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Sal Gentile

Multimedia Web Editor

Sal writes about politics and international news for Need to Know. He also co-produces Need to Know’s regular web series on the 2012 election, “Presidentiality,” and has produced podcasts for the Climate Desk. Before coming to Need to Know he covered New York politics, reported on-air for Baltimore’s public radio station and contributed analysis to The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC. He proudly edited his award-winning college newspaper, Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Follow him at and


Judge denies request for records in UVA climate case

A Virginia judge set aside a request for records related to research by a prominent climate scientist at the University of Virginia. But the attorney general vowed immediately to try again.

Friday morning round-up

A busy few days in North Korea; a star rookie pitcher injured.


Finally, an official plan for the World Trade Center site

The government agency that owns the site of the 9/11 attacks has finally formalized a deal with the real estate tycoon who plans to builds two new towers there.

Thursday morning round-up

“Frankenfish” and Kim Jong-il’s trip to China.

Wednesday morning round-up

Jimmy Carter flies to North Korea, and “The Hurt Locker” comes to TV.


Climate scientist calls Va. attorney general’s fraud probe ‘harassment’

An influential climate scientist who has been accused by the Virginia attorney general of defrauding the public calls the probe “criminal harassment” and warns that the case could set a “horrifying” precedent.

Tuesday morning round-up

Gunmen storm the Somali capital; the Shepard Fairey legal case drags on.

Monday late edition

Chile’s trapped miners and Australia’s hung parliament.

Women’s group rallies ‘mama grizzlies’ to oppose Sarah Palin

Parents, lawyers, and teachers — dressed up as bears.