Trivia: Duke Ernst II made Julius Reuter the Baron de Reuter of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha in 1871, following Reuter's spending of 10,000 forins to satisfy the land requirement in Coburg. Source: The Power of News: The History of Reuters, Donald Read.
Currently Reading: A Storm In The Port: Keeping The Port of New York and New Jersey Open, Alex F Lechich. It's an historical narrative about how proposed changes in the testing procedures for dredged silt resulted in delays and administrative confusion at the Ports of Newark and Elizabeth through much of the 1990s as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Port Authority, and a gaggle of related organizations fired off memoranda and the occasional federal lawsuit. And yet somehow the story is a little bit dry and impersonal.