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Please be sure to turn off and unplug your space heaters before you leave your home.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. A family of five was displaced after their trailer on Miramar Street in Fairview Township caught fire on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. Fairview Township fire inspectors determined the fire was caused by a space heater. No one was in the trailer at the time of the fire.

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Last Thursday, I drove over to Spring Grove, photographed Spring Grove’s wrestling bouts for about 30 minutes, drove back to York to cover another assignment and then returned to Spring Grove to cover the team in its second match of the night in the District 3-AAA quarterfinals.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Penn Manor's Colby Graham wrestles Spring Grove's Neal Grudi in the 189-pound bout at Spring Grove Area High School on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. Grudi pinned Graham; Spring Grove defeated Penn Manor 44-19 in the first round of the District 3-AAA Team Tournament.

This was the same team in the same gym that I covered a few weeks ago, and I was glad I returned later in the evening for the quarterfinals — because that’s when they turned out all the lights.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Cumberland Valley's Kevin Novick (right) wrestles Spring Grove's Dakota Laughmann in the 125-pound bout at Spring Grove Area High School on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. Novick defeated Laughmann 5-3; Cumberland Valley defeated Spring Grove 35-19 in the quarterfinals of the District 3-AAA Team Tournament.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Spring Grove's Trey Duncan (right) wrestles Cumberland Valley's Wills Long in the 145-pound bout at Spring Grove Area High School on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. Duncan defeated Long 7-5.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Cumberland Valley's T.C. Warner (top) wrestles Spring Grove's Tyler Miller in the 140-pound bout at Spring Grove Area High School on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. Warner defeated Miller 15-1.

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As I predicted two weeks ago, I spent the first half of tonight’s Super Bowl game photographing Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers fans in two different sports bars. Here are a few photos; check out some more at the York Dispatch‘s site.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Green Bay Packers fan Teresa Filipelli (foreground), of Dover, cheers at Jamie's Courtside Sports bar after the Packers got two consecutive first downs in their third drive of the first quarter of the Super Bowl game on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. The Packers fan club gathered at Jamie's to watch their team take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 45th Super Bowl game.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Pittsburgh Steelers fan Bob Roland, of York City, intently watches the Super Bowl game at Stockade Tavern on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. Roland said he has been a Steelers fan since the 70s, and proudly sported a Steelers watch and necklace.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Alan Brown of West Manchester Township and Jeanne Behnke of Manchester hug in celebration of the Green Bay Packers' first touchdown in the 45th Super Bowl, as Pittsburgh Steelers fan Mary Krause of Dover remains seated in Jamie's Courtside Sports bar on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. Behnke is the Packers' local fan club organizer. Despite her being a Steelers fan, Krause sat among the club's members, as she is a friend of many of them.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Ralph Preston, Jr., (center right) raves to Bob Roland, Ray Brown, Louis Calhoun and Samuel Layer, all of York City, that the Pittsburgh Steelers need to score a touchdown before the Super Bowl's halftime in order to gain any momentum in the game. A small crowd of Steelers fans gathered at Stockade Tavern on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, for a Super Bowl watch party. Shortly after Preston's rant, the Steelers scored their first touchdown - before the game's half.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Joe Powers, of Springettsbury Township, relishes the Green Bay Packers' first touchdown in the Super Bowl game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. Powers was one of several dozen Packers fans who gathered in Jamie's Courtside Sports bar to watch the game.

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© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Harley and Demon, both 12-year-old geldings, approach Lisa Holder of York Township at her boarding barn on Hess Farm Road on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011. Harley and Demon are two of seven rescue horses are available for adoption to good homes and families, at Holder's Lah-T-Da Boarding barn. These horses were underfed by their owner and taken to Holder's facility on Jan. 20, 2011. People interested in adopting one of the horses can contact Holder via her Facebook page or her e-mail: laholder@verizon.net.

These horses tried to eat my camera bag. And my camera.

After what they’ve gone through, I don’t blame them for trying to eat anything that comes their way.

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Shot more high school basketball last night.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. York High's Tavon Parker attempts to score at Dallastown Area High School on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Dallastown was behind 23-9 near the end of the first quarter and tied York High 29-29 in the third quarter, but was never able to take the lead. Dallastown lost 57-49.

True to form, I was run over by a basketball player mid-game. Namely, this one:

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Dallastown's Four McGlynn scores a free throw at Dallastown Area High School on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. During the game, McGlynn claimed the school's all-time record in points scored by besting Bill Rutecki's 1976 record of 1,616 high school career points.

This brings my total #occupationalhazard record to five, as I’ve previously been barreled by a pig, run over by two wrestlers, hit by a tree and almost had my camera eaten by a horse. (More on that horse later.)

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. York High's Kelvin Parker shoots against Dallastown's Emmanuel Mossengo at Dallastown Area High School on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011.

But yep. It was a good game. And I still need to figure out how to avoid backfocusing on this full-frame camera.

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Halfway across the globe today, reporters and photographers are being attacked, detained and/or arrested in Egypt. Meanwhile, I’m photographing first grade students receiving homemade knit hats from a local organization.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Goode Elementary first grade students crowd around to hug Betty Hoke of York Township on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Goode Elementary. Hoke founded Stitches of Love in 1999 as a way to organize people to knit hats, scarves and more for people in need.

I’m just putting things in perspective; I’m absolutely not saying I should (or want to be) be flown out to Egypt, or anywhere else, right now. After all, someone’s gotta stay put and keep covering the home team.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. About 200 homemade knit hats sit waiting for first grade students at Goode Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. Stitches of Love -- an interfaith network of people who knit hats, sweaters, scarves and more -- donated 200 hats to the students at Goode Elementary School.

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There are different types of news photographers. Magazines, agencies, wires, newspapers, NGOs and other outlets have specific needs, and many news photographers dabble in more than one of these fields. Many others remain within only one.

So when people find out that I like newspaper photography and want/hope to be a newspaper staff photographer, they either laugh because newspapers are dying, give me sympathetic looks because newspapers are dying or advise me to pursue other interests because newspapers are dying.

Well, I happen to love newspaper photography. Even when I’m told to go out into the city, wander around and find people who are parking in curbside spots marked with chairs.

Like this:

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. chair marks the spot for a York City resident on the 900th block of East Philadelphia Street on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. Some York City residents, after shoveling snow out of their street parking spots, will "reserve" their spots with chairs, trash cans and even cans of paint to ensure no one else parks there, even though this is illegal by city ordinance. No monetary fines or citations have ever been issued, but if residents don't remove their items from street parking spots, the city will confiscate those items.

And this:

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Marina Vazquez, of York City, tends to her child in the front passenger seat while temporarily parking and waiting for her husband to get some paperwork from a resident on the 700th block of West Princess Street on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. The red chair on the sidewalk formerly "reserved" the space occupied by the Vazquez' car. At least a dozen street parking spots on West Princess Street were "reserved" by chairs, trash cans or cans of paint.

I love being a newspaper photographer because I can get to know the community. I can tell people I’m from the local paper and they’ll (usually) accept me. I love being a newspaper photographer because every day is different — except when it snows every day.

Being a newspaper photographer can be frustrating on slow news days or, alternately, when you’re still in the newsroom five hours past your shift. It’s not as glamorous as other news photography jobs. The paper may not be flying me (or anyone) out to Egypt or sending me to the Super Bowl — but dammit, I want to stick with newspapers for as long as I can.

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York County is sending a choir to Carnegie Hall.

More specifically, a choir of 40 high school students from all over the county.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Spring Grove High School senior Nick Moran, West York High School junior Bradlee Gorrera and South Western High School senior Woody Stetter sing in the tenor section of the Concorde Vocal Ensemble during a rehearsal on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Zion United Methodist Church. Consisting of 43 high school singers selected from the York County Senior Honors Choir, the Concorde Vocal Ensemble will send 40 of its singers to Carnegie Hall to perform Hector Berlioz's "Requiem" alongside another high school choir, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, in the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival on Feb. 13, 2011.

For this assignment, I also shot and edited a short video piece.

It was a little tricky. I had only one camera, but while editing, I didn’t want to overlay footage of the students as they sang “Requiem” by Berlioz — since their mouths wouldn’t match the music — in the name of visual variety.

I also felt like scum because, to edit interviews into this video, I had to chop up a beautiful Latin requiem. All in a day’s work, I guess.

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Last night, the Harlem Wizards came to town.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Harlem Wizard basketball player Dwayne "Swoop" Simpson pumps up the opposing team -- the Bouncing Bobcats, consisting of teachers and students from the Northeastern School District -- before the big game and entertainment spectacle on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Northeastern High School. Simpson was formerly a Harlem Globetrotter and is now the primary entertainer on the Wizards team.

I’m told the Wizards are like the Harlem Globetrotters — in that both are exhibition basketball teams for which athleticism, comedy and theatrics are at the forefront — but on a smaller scale. Based on what I’ve read, it seems like the Wizards are also more entertaining in the family-friendly way. And after covering last night’s show at Northeastern High School, I know I’d take my kids to see the Wizards.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Mount Wolf Elementary School physical education teacher Nick Donnelly is left with hiked-up gym shorts after Harlem Wizards player Dwayne "Swoop" Simpson (right) said Donnelly was dressed too sloppily and needed to tuck his shirt in, on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Northeastern High School.

The Wizards played against a team of 24 teachers and students from the Northeastern School District, which initially could have been disastrous for me since that team didn’t have numbers or a roster. Fortunately, one of the organizers gave me a list of all the players, and various team members helped me identify everyone by physical description — i.e., “bald, goatee, black knee brace,” “blonde crew cut, maroon shorts,” etc.

Yeah. Easily could’ve been a nightmare. But I’d like to thank those teachers who helped me out before the game began.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Harlem Wizards player Arthur "King Arthur" Lewis leads the crowd in the "Cha Cha Slide" dance on the court during the halftime intermission of the Harlem Wizards' game against the Bouncing Bobcats on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Northeastern High School.

Check out more photos in the York Dispatch‘s gallery.

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