Friday, July 27, 2007

Odds and Ends on this Friday

Thousands of dead fish found floating in Portage County. That's the headline that's "reeling" in the viewers for tonight's newscast, but unfortunately, we can only show video of a few of the fish. Nearly all of the affected fish are in a part of the stream that is on private property, and the owner isn't around. So even though the ODNR investigators tell us there are "thousands of dead fish over there," we can't get video of them or we'd be trespassing. You'll just have to take our word for it.

Sounds like the Stow teachers union is making strides to avoid a strike. A union spokesperson told me that the group met for 12 hours yesterday with district leaders and that the discussions were going very, very well. Both sides will meet again Tuesday, but it looks like we're headed down a path that will keep the teachers in the classrooms and off the picket lines.

Not quite sure what to make of the idea to charge inmates for their stay at the Summit County jail. It seems to me that a great many of those in jail have little or no money to begin with. Taking their commissary cash and/or forcing them to pay additional funds seems like a tough sell. I fear we'd end up spending a lot on administrative costs trying to run down folks who haven't paid for their 24-hour stint. I understand that if you're acquitted in court, you get your money back. Still, I realize that corrections is an expensive business, so there needs to be creative ways to collect funds.

One of our stories tonight focused on a Wayne County man who is making cardboard cutouts of kids to place on your lawn (or Devilstrip as we call it in Akron) to slow down speeders. I think it's a great idea. Years ago, I tried pitching the idea of cardboard police cars. I thought that the state could line I-71 with them; just put them in the middle grassy sections on hinges and pop them up and down with remote controlled timers. Most folks slow down when they see a silhouette of a car in the distance. The fake police cruisers could be popping up and down for 24 hours at a time without paying an officer. Anyone wanna start a business? Hey, the military used cardboard tanks in WWII to fool the Germans into thinking we had a much bigger arsenal. Why not some fake police cars?

So Kenny Loften is back with the Tribe. I think that's pretty cool. When the tribe first traded Lofton during spring training of the 1997 season, my phone rang early in the morning. I was assigned to cover the big news in Florida and had to catch the next flight out of Hopkins. At 5 a.m., the producers told me I had to be live at noon at Winterhaven. Because of flight delays, I arrived at the Tribe's practice facility in Florida about three minutes before I was to go on air. I didn't even get a chance to talk to a single person from the Indians. I literally ran to the waiting sattelite truck, stood in front of the camera, and had to quote what I'd read about the trade in early morning newspaper articles I found in the airport. It was disheartening not to have anything new to add, but later in the day, David Justice showed up and gave me a great interview on being traded to the Tribe. I also remember Omar Visquel not wanting to talk with me yelling "they traded my buddy" across the parking lot.

I had to go live at 6 that night and then put together a taped segment for the 11 p.m. news. The satellite truck had problems, so I had to leave Winterhaven and drive to Tampa (about 90 minutes away) and feed my video from there. I arrived at the Tampa NBC station around 10:50 p.m. and the security guard wouldn't let me in. I pounded and pounded. Eventually a nice young man from the newsroom asked me why I was there. I spoke to him through an intercom and he let me in just in time to feed the story back to Cleveland. I found out later that he was an intern and got in big trouble for letting a stranger into the building. Oh well. I spent about two hours in a hotel before driving back across the state to catch a 6 a.m. flight from Orlando back to Cleveland. I remember returning from my 24-hour whirlwind trip thinking, "Kenny Loften better never come back to the Indians because he almost killed me this time."

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

[url=http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/member.php?u=259462]buy mexitil online in usa[/url]

Anonymous said...

[url=http://community.bsu.edu/members/buy+online+Viagra.aspx]order Viagra online no membership overnight shipping[/url]

Anonymous said...

Hi !.
might , perhaps very interested to know how one can make real money .
There is no need to invest much at first. You may begin earning with as small sum of money as 20-100 dollars.

AimTrust is what you thought of all the time
AimTrust incorporates an offshore structure with advanced asset management technologies in production and delivery of pipes for oil and gas.

Its head office is in Panama with affiliates around the world.
Do you want to become an affluent person?
That`s your choice That`s what you desire!

I feel good, I started to get income with the help of this company,
and I invite you to do the same. It`s all about how to choose a correct companion utilizes your savings in a right way - that`s the AimTrust!.
I make 2G daily, and my first investment was 500 dollars only!
It`s easy to join , just click this link http://uhihasyv.wtcsites.com/iconoga.html
and lucky you`re! Let`s take this option together to become rich

Anonymous said...

Hi!
You may probably be very curious to know how one can make real money on investments.
There is no initial capital needed.
You may begin earning with a money that usually goes
on daily food, that's 20-100 dollars.
I have been participating in one company's work for several years,
and I'll be glad to share my secrets at my blog.

Please visit my pages and send me private message to get the info.

P.S. I make 1000-2000 per day now.

http://theblogmoney.com

Anonymous said...

Good day, sun shines!
There have been times of hardship when I felt unhappy missing knowledge about opportunities of getting high yields on investments. I was a dump and downright pessimistic person.
I have never imagined that there weren't any need in large initial investment.
Nowadays, I'm happy and lucky , I begin take up real money.
It gets down to choose a proper companion who utilizes your funds in a right way - that is incorporate it in real deals, parts and divides the income with me.

You can get interested, if there are such firms? I'm obliged to answer the truth, YES, there are. Please get to know about one of them:
http://theblogmoney.com

Anonymous said...

Good day, sun shines!
There have were times of troubles when I didn't know about opportunities of getting high yields on investments. I was a dump and downright stupid person.
I have never imagined that there weren't any need in big initial investment.
Now, I'm happy and lucky , I begin to get real money.
It gets down to choose a proper partner who uses your funds in a right way - that is incorporate it in real business, and shares the profit with me.

You can get interested, if there are such firms? I have to tell the truth, YES, there are. Please get to know about one of them:
http://theinvestblog.com [url=http://theinvestblog.com]Online Investment Blog[/url]

Anonymous said...

Hi everybody!

For sure you didn’t here about me yet,
my name is Peter.
Generally I’m a venturesome gambler. all my life I’m carried away by online-casino and poker.
Not long time ago I started my own blog, where I describe my virtual adventures.
Probably, it will be interesting for you to read my travel notes and reports about winnings and losses on this way.
Please visit my web page . http://allbestcasino.com I’ll be interested on your opinion..