Union Square, Manhattan, 11

Union Square, Manhattan, 11 p.m. Sunday.
A man on the downtown platform appeared to be trying to hide behind a huge string of balloons. He was backed up against the elevator so as to be less conspicuous.

Every once in a while he poked his head out and looked around nervously. He was largely ignored.

I wanted to see how he was going to maneuver his cargo onto a train. But he let two trains pass him by and was on the platform alone when my train pulled out.

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I think it's time to give David Gallagher a hand. No, not me, I mean the other David Gallagher. One reason it wasn't all that hard to trounce him on Google was that his official fan site is pretty awful, and has been for some time. I'm not saying my site is all that great. It's just that a teen heartthrob deserves so much better. A more professional site would pull in a ton of fans and probably help out David's search engine rankings as well. I'm concerned that when AOL starts using Google this summer, my site is going to get swamped by "7th Heaven" fans, so we've got to get David back on top soon.

Please post your suggestions for improvements to David's dgnews.net site on this bulletin board. I'll pass them on to David in a few days. Thanks!

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I wrote a story for the business section of today's NYT: U.S. Warns Web Sites to Label Sponsorships. The Federal Trade Commission is telling search engines to be less sneaky about mixing paid listings in with their search results. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that "Products and Services" is not a terribly intuitive way to designate advertisements.