Monday, November 22, 2010

Oh, we have an interesting story tonight. 7 time escapee. What do you think?

We've never done a promo like this before... It was great fun to do.
It will be on Monday night at 10 p.m. on 9NEWS. I'd love to know what you think of it.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day one of my ski season... was a short one.

It lasted only 90 minutes. Checked out Arapahoe Basin for the first time. It lived up to its cold and windy reputation. At one point the wind was blowing me up a hill.

No fresh powder, but a storm was coming in hard as we left.

Now off to brunch.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Delete Facebook, pastor says. Oh Lordy!

A pastor in New Jersey says Facebook encourages unfaithful marriages. Reverend Cedric Miller said members of his church who are married should delete their Facebook accounts.

About 20 couples at his church had marital problems when they connected with former lovers on Facebook, he said.
Does this mean I should never go into a coffee shop in my hometown because I might run into an old flame? Should I also avoid class reunions?

I’ll keep my social networking. In fact, I’ll post this on Facebook. Past loves… come and get me. …Though I’m really not interested.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A bed bug waiver? I have to sign WHAT at my hotel?

I had to travel to the eastern plains of Colorado this week.

Before I could check into the Best Western in Sterling, Colo., the nice desk lady asked me to read and sign a white sheet of paper with a notice printed on it.

There’s been a bed bug infestation in an area hotel, it said. Of course it didn’t tell me which hotel.

“They look like specks of pepper,” she said. She promised me they weren’t found at my hotel, but wouldn’t tell me anymore.

By signing the form, I was agreeing that [1] I wasn’t checking in from another hotel in the area (and thus not tracking them in) and [2] they would be checking for bed bugs in my hotel room every day.

…Not sure if that’s comforting or concerning. Yes, I signed it.

911 caller waited 30 minutes, called 4 times to get help

Monday, November 15, 2010

911 Delay: Call after call after call

A young girl stumbles on a brutal beating and desperately calls 9-1-1 for help. She waits. And calls. And calls again. And again. 9Wants to Know why four different 9-1-1 dispatchers failed to send help for nearly 45 minutes.
Here’s a little behind the scenes. (I need to practice my camera skills, don’t you think?)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

9Cares Colorado Shares: A lesson in giving

We chose the Harry Potter Theme. Here are some fun pictures. Read below for an important lesson.
A number of years ago I was helping viewers unload food from their cars at 9Cares Colorado Shares.
A lady walked up to me carrying a paper grocery sack full of food. Tears ran down her face.

Immediately, I asked her what was wrong. She told me for years she and her husband had to go to the food bank because they couldn’t afford enough groceries.

This was the first year she could afford to GIVE. It was such an important day in her life and an important less for all of us.

To this day, I have NEVER forgotten this woman. She probably doesn’t know how often I’ve thought of her.

This year, a four-year-old came up to me with her piggy bank and asked if she could donate what she’d saved. Her parents watched proudly. I know they had to be impressed. I sure was. (I put a few pictures of her in the slideshow above.)

9Cares Colorado Shares means the best station in the country teaming up with the best viewers in the country to help make the best holiday possible for people who are often enduring the worst times of their lives.

I’m proud of everyone who donated, I’m proud of my friends and colleagues who chose to come out to help and I’m proud to be a part of the huge and compassionate 9NEWS family.

Now I can't end without humor... What happens when you give a mic to Drew Soicher and add music? (Kidding about the no tone part. His wig is part of his Harry Potter costume.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Player ejected for his back-handspring

I assume this was a planned pay to throw the other side off? Is it worth an ejection?

Pedophile Book: Amazon changes its mind...

Ah, they changed their mind… about the pedophile book.

Amazon looks to have decided selling a book offering advice to pedophiles isn’t a best business practice.

The book is no longer available online. Dozens of people told me they planned to boycott Amazon for selling the book. (Somehow I found an image of the books cover. Tough to look at, eh?)

Now that Amazon isn’t selling it, will you go back to buying books from them?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Pedophile book, Amazon

It's the Pedophile book.

The pages of angry readers go on and on. There are 208 of them to be exact.

I’m talking about the number of pages filled with anger directed at for selling the book, The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure.

The big question here is (as the AP asks,) should Amazon vet books before they are sold?

If they did, where would they draw the line? Where should they draw the line?

Here's what Amazon told my colleagues at 9NEWS.

"Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions."

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I disagree with him...

I'm not sure I agree... seems like journalists, whether you work for MSNBC or FOX, should not be contributing to political campaigns -- and certainly not ones they just interviewed.

Bridges to Nowhere

Bridges to Nowhere
Comments after our story last night (about the so-called Bridges to Nowhere) varied. I was a bit surprised by how many people said the landowner, who didn’t want to sell his ranchland for a four-lane highway, was only after money.

Many of you thought the interchange and bridges were a waste.

Plenty of people told us in our live chat that they were happy CDOT was thinking ahead and building the road before it traffic counts demanded it. An equal number were unhappy with CDOT.

Here are a couple comments…

“That was a very solid, thoughtful, fair and middle of the road (if you will excuse the pun) piece that you reported on air last night,” Thomas McNeill, the attorney for the land owner e-mailed me.

Kurt Klein wrote to me saying he didn’t care if he missed the story. He ended up watching it and seemed to agree with CDOT’s road plan.

“With the economy at an ebb, maybe now is the time for some jurisdictions to consider investing in future infrastructure.” Klein said.

Klein also seemed to indicate he doesn’t care for my reporting very much.

You are welcome to read other comments on our story page.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

This will make you enjoy life...

What an amazing story tonight. No matter what you are doing right now, it's worth watching. My colleague, Dave Delozier, did an excellent job.