Stolen Car Chase, Medicare Bus, Pat’s Apology to Trish

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Good Morning,

Stolen car – deadly crash
A stolen car and an attempted police stop led to a chase and an accident late last night in Des Moines. The guy driving the stolen car lost control and hit a utility pole…That knocked out power to a bunch of northside customers last night. One of the the three people in the car died, the other two are in police custody.

Bush meets with Al-Maliki
President Bush is on his way to meet with the Iraqi Prime Minister today. This is important enough that the whole Nightly News Crew is packing up and going to Jordan to cover it. The President is also going to have to answer some thought questions from the Prime Minister after an article in the New York Times this morning. It details a memo from Bush’s National security Advisor. The memo basically says the NSD has no confidence in the PM’s government or their commitment to end sectarian violence in Iraq.

Global Warming Suit
The Supreme Court is hearing a case on whether or nor CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) is a pollutant contributing to global warming. 12 states say it is and wants the EPA to control emissions of CO2 from heavy industry. The EPA contends CO2 is naturally occurring (breathe out) and so it can’t be a pollutant. Stay tuned.

Rolling Through
We had the Medicare bus out in our parking lot this morning. It will be parked in the Northwest Community Center later this morning so you can get questions answered about the Medicare prescription drug program. A lot of people still neee questions answered. If you can get up there from nine until noon… Do it. Take your medication and these guys can feed all the information on your healthcare into the computer and come up with the best, least expensive program for you. 9-Noon at the Northwest Community Center(next to the Franklin Ave Library branch).

Inspiring Recoveries
If you missed Sonya Heitshusen’s story about wounded soldiers being treated athe Walter Reid Medical Center and its prosthetics and rehabilitation units, you really should watch online.
(We made the decision to re-air the story early in our 5am newscast today, even though we normally don’t use long-format stories in our show. It felt important enough to take the extra time and slow down a bit. I’m glad we did. Kudos to our new producer Heather for finding ways to make everything fit in this morning!)-TS
Sonya will continue an excellent series with another story tonight. When we talk about the courage and character of our soldiers on the battlefield that’s obvious. A much deeper form of both is evident in the men Sonya talked to. This is also an interesting subject because prosthetics are benefiting from the number of debilitating wounds on the battlefield. The technology advances because so many of these cases are coming out the the wars. Really interesting. Good job, Sonya and our Chief Photojournalist Mike Borland.

UNI vs ISU
UNI and Iowa State go at it on the Basketball court tonight. I always find these Intrastate rivalries much more interesting in basketball. I think all the teams in the state are much more evenly matched in hoops. This should be the first of several good in-state games this year. Add to that the extra storyline of Greg McDermott going back to UNI for the first time with his new team. The former Panther coach will no doubt have mixed feelings as he watched the young men he recruited and coached at UNI, try to beat his Cyclones.

Vilsack for Pres.
The Gov kicked off his Presidential Campaign tomorrow. We’ll have full coverage from Mt Pleasant.
This morning we had Jeff Link on live – he’s Vilsack’s communications director. He gave us the laundry list of states they’re visiting in the next few days (New Hampshire,Nevada, South Carolina, etc. ) and I have no idea how much adrenaline it will take to keep them all going on that schedule!TS

Pat’s sorry for dissing Trish!
Tips on choosing and installing a programmable thermostat -I made the comment this morning that it was so easy…Even Trish could install a programmable thermostat.
For the record: I am the LEAST handy man in the world.I will call someone to take care of just about any home improvement project.
Funny story: I didn’t want to mess with putting a dimmer switch in the dining room. Sally really wanted one.
After months of relentless ribbing by just about everyone, my best friend Shaun (Electrical/Chemical Engineer and all around handy guy) was over for the weekend and Sally convinced him to put one in. The problem is, he bought the wrong one, couldn’t install it and then he had to go. He put the old switch back in the wall…upside-down. Up was off…down was on. My point here is …This is why I hire people to do this stuff. Inevitably, when those of us who are lacking the home improvment gene try to fix something…we leave a part out, or put it on backwards…whatever. Support the Economy…Hire out home improvement projects.

Trisha’s turn now –
I only got mad at Pat for a couple of minutes after that crack on the air. I know that HE knows I probably am handier than he is! Not that I’m some mechanical genius, but my dad is, and he’s been able to talk me through some pretty hilarious home fix-ups over the phone!
When our thermostat went bad last winter, the furnace wouldn’t shut off and it was 89 DEGREES IN THE HOUSE! Ian was out of town so I was stuck to figure out a solution. I called my dad and he talked me through cutting apart an old phone cord to splice together some wires to make the old thermostat work just long enough for me to get out and buy a new one. The McGyver quick fix worked. Later I got the new rig and installed it by myself – and it still works! So there, Pat!

One Last Hurrah…
The kids and I just had to get outside yesterday because I knew what the weather was bringing next! Bye-bye, warm weather – it was nice while you were here! Cal is ready for some snow – maybe tonight!

Hope all of you have a good day,

PWD and TS

17 comments

  • Anonymous

    Oh for crying out loud . . . give it a rest!PS – Thanks for the thermostat info – my husband just bought one and I’m nudging him toward reading your tips (he’s not as handy as he thinks he is sometimes!)

  • Anonymous

    Ok, this is so funny that you would say that. I am one of those people who get so annoyed at everyone for digging into Brad’s personal life, but I also noticed that Brad seemed to look extra good and extra happy. I would never have thought to say anything on this blog, but since you mentioned it I would have to agree! I hope he is in love.

  • Heather R.

    Looks like the kids had fun yesterday Trish. You have 2 very happy kids, they always have smiles on there faces. At least from the pictures you show :) Your truley blessed, there beautiful. Have a good day!Heather

  • Heather R.

    Oh I would give ANYTHING to walk around saying happy all day :) Lately I’ve been walking around saying ITS COLD!!! ITS COLD!!! I think that is going to be her next word of pick :)Have a good day!

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t watch the show this morning because my 10 year old has been up with the flu all night (Trisha, I should have gotten her the darn flu shot! I feel like an awful parent.)When I got to work, bleary eyed mind you, I decided to check out the morning blog for the details from the morning news. I love the show by the way!Around noon I read the comments about Brad’s “glow,” I thought love might be a huge stretch. Have you ever seen someone in love glow? On TV? I enjoy Brad in the morning, but this obsession stuff is over the top. I just figured he must be having a good day, though remember, I didn’t see the show.Fast forward to this evening. I walk into a bar/restaurant a little after six. Low and behold there’s Brad, but not like I ever imagined him in public. You guys look so great in the morning, I picture you look that way all the time! I know, stupid, right? I go out all the time not looking my best. You drive two kids from soccer practice to music to, well, you name it, and looks are sometimes a bargaining decision you have to make.He sat, almost unrecognizable, at the end of the bar. He wore army clothes and his hair was disheveled with a small stack of newspapers and magazines in front of him. He looked ruggedly handsome, but different than I’ve seen him before. He looked dirty! He looked alone. The smile I see every morning was only apparent when the bartender walked up to him or somebody walked to his table to talk with himHe just sat there, alone, drinking soup and beer. I felt sorry for him. Who eats alone at a restaurant? There was no “glow” about him at all. If I didn’t have clients with me, I would have invited him to sit with me. Sorry Brad, looks to me like you could have used one of those morning smiles aimed in your direction.Enjoy whatever you took home in that bag, but to everyone else, leave him alone!Sara

  • Anonymous

    and then Brad was here…and then he was there…and then he was…OMG, GIVE IT UP! I think people need to quit trying to analyze his life and leave him alone. Maybe he’s dating, maybe he’s single, who cares? There are more times than not that I go into a restaurant or a bar that people are eating/drinking alone. GIVE IT UP!Jessica

  • Anonymous

    I am happily married. My husband and I are not together every second of the day. There are many times that he or I have different schedules and so we find ourselves having to fend for ourselves for dinner. This doesn’t mean we are single or unhappy, just busy.I would also certainly hope that every time I went into public that people were not expecting ME to look my best! Poor Brad, leave him alone. I’m guessing he doesn’t have that suit and tie on all day. Doesn’t he volunteer for Habitat for Humanity? I would think he would be allowed to be in his grubby clothes every now and again.Lydia

  • Trisha Shepherd

    Brad not only volunteers for Habitat, he’s on their staff. It’s his second job. Eating alone sounds heavenly to me! That’s coming from someone who has virtually no alone time without kids in tow! A date with a magazine, a table, and a quiet meal would be lovely, not sad! I hope nobody ever scrutinizes my after-hours appearance – once I scrub off the makeup and get into comfy clothes, I’m definitely not fit for TV!Trisha

  • Anonymous

    Dear Sara,If you’d spend as much time analyzing your child’s life as you do analyzing Brad’s life, maybe your child wouldn’t have the flu b/c you’d have realized in your time consuming analyzing that there would be a high risk of getting the flu at this point in time having NOT had the flu shot. And in my own analyzing, why did you even go to work if your child had the flu and was up all night? Did you bring your child to day care and infect all of the other innocent children? Fast forward to the evening (b/c that is the term you used in your comment)…where was your child when you were spending time with “clients” dining for the evening? Did you leave her once again?Now, how does it feel to have your life analyzed on a blog? Don’t you feel great? Well, think about Brad. He probably feels that way too.Sally

  • Anonymous

    I did NOT mean to start a firestorm. I was just making observations like everyone else here on the blog does.As far as the flu shot, there are a LOT of experts who believe that flu shot’s are not effective and may even be damaging to a child, and for that matter, even an adult should really think about injecting themselves with it.Pertaining to the Day care comment, unlike many mothers, I believe that daycare is a selfish option that parents exercise. A child is more important than dual careers. When you really dig deep down inside, do you really want other people’s ethics, morals and values instilled in your child. I certainly wouldn’t subject my child to that, especially during the formative years. Children grow almost at an exponential rate, both intellectually and (seemingly) physically, during the first five years of life. If you wonder why your child has behavior issues or are perplexed why they struggle with reading and writing, first ask yourself why you didn’t spend more time with your child and chose a surrogate parent instead.As far as why I was out while my sick daughter stayed at home, My wonderful and very capable husband was there to help heal her. I have had clients in town for the last three days and I earn the primary income, and this was a date I had to make.I stayed up with a sick daughter the previous night because my husband worked all day with the kids, including the sick one, and I felt he deserved a full night sleep. I’d work through the day exhausted, so he could face that day refreshed.In order to stay home with the kids, my husband decided to go into private practice and leave the firm. With this selfless move, he could take on projects at a “family rate.”

  • Anonymous

    How dare you criticize us parents who have no choice but to take our children to day care! We are NOT selfish when we have no other choice. My husband is an UNDERPAID special education teacher and I have to work FT as a bookkeeper/accountant in order to provide the things that my family needs. It has nothing to do with wanting dual careers, b/c believe me, if I had a choice I would be home with my daughter every day. Our career choices dont allow us to work from home or in “private practice.” We take time off when we need to and she is our first priority, but to say that we are selfish to take her to our local quality day care is absurd. Should my husband give up his job helping other people’s children in order to be home with ours??

  • Anonymous

    This just shows that there is more to people’s lives than is on the surface…so STOP judging Brad. Point made!

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