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Gore Gets Peace Prize, Cold Meds Pulled and Final Season

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Good Morning,

We kicked Jeriann out of the studios this morning for her fun forecast. You might have been sitting at home wondering what she was doing out at the Mall? Now I don’t mean to pull the curtian back on Oz or anything here but the bottom line was…that’s where we needed to put Jon Cahill as well. Since we don’t have a cast of thousands here…it’s where Jeriann did her fun forecast too. I don’t say that because I don’t think we have enough people, I say that because I often hear comments from viewers indicating they think we have dozens of people working with us to put the show on. The truth is, there are about a dozen of us total…on-air, behind the scenes…We make it work.

Along those lines, we’re making some more changes to the show. I say this knowing it could start a thread about Brad moving to become the Ambassador of Armenia or something ridiculous like that…. Brad’s not going anywhere and he’s not changing jobs…we’re just giving him some new tools to do his job. I think you’ll like it. I also think you’ll notice an increase in the resources we have to bring you the news.
Speaking of…

Gore Wins Peace Prize
I wasn’t all that surprised when we heard around 4:00 this morning that Al Gore had won the 2007 Nobel Peace prize. What I find really humorous is the effort to draft the guy to get into he Presidential Race. really? I agree Gore looks a lot more “likable” in his movie…he a different person than the candidate we saw in 2000. Still, I read a good article this morning on why relaunching his political career might not be the best use of the former VP’s new found political capitol.

And speaking of the Nobel Prize, I will always remember this as the one question I missed. We had to pass a current events test to get into the University of Missouri Journalism school. we’d heard about it for our first two years…how hard it was going to be…if we didn’t get at least 80% we wouldn’t get in…

So we studied for weeks and it paid off. I went through that test without a problem…Members of the Supreme Court, US Senators, Members of the City Council, the current commander of the Space Shuttle, Articles of the Constitution, Even the names of the counties in Central Missouri. I was good up until I got to the last question. “What was Alfred Nobel famous for?”
I missed the question when I answered…”You mean other than that Peace Prize thing?”
The Answer is…the invention of dynamite. Which then led to his establishing the Prizes for Chemistry, Physics, Literature and of course, The Peace Prize.

From Wikipedia:

The erroneous publication in 1888 of a premature obituary of Nobel by a French newspaper, condemning him for his invention of dynamite, is said to have brought about his decision to leave a better legacy after his death. The obituary stated Le marchand de la mort est mort (“The merchant of death is dead”) and went on to say, “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.” On November 27, 1895 at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, Nobel signed his last will and testament and set aside the bulk of his estate to establish the Nobel Prizes, to be awarded annually without distinction of nationality.

Just a little tidbit I thought you might want to know.

Norwalk Police

This is a story that a lot of communities are going to run into in the coming years. If you talk to the people who run the community you live in they’ll probably tell you public safety is by far the thing they spend the most money on. A lot of Metro communities haven’t needed larger police forces or Firefighting Units because they were sleepy little towns just a few years ago. The addition of hundreds, in some cases, thousands of homes means some of these places will need a full time Police and Fire Department. That is going to mean those lower taxes you’re paying out in the Burbs are bound to go up. Safety has it’s price.

Kids Meds Recall

Pulled off the shelf would be a better way to say this. the concern is that kids under two might get an overdose of this. The box says not for kids under 2, but regulators want a better warning on the label.

Chocolate

If you think you’re addicted to Chocolate blame Mom and Dad. Nestle, yes the chocolate company, funded a study that concludes a love of chocolate is in your genes. Jeriann was on the phone to her Mom Early this morning.

Cell Phone Tickets

Airlines are working on a way that your cell phone will become your boarding pass for your next flight (well sort of). Here’s the idea: You check in electronically…on the net, and the airline sends your cell phone a barcode that they then scan when you board the plane. Cool.
Finally, The Final Season
The Movie we’ve been talking about for months is finally out nationally. The Final Season is getting mixed reviews but the theme that runs through every one of them, good and bad, is that this is a great story. Some of the critics didn’t like the way the movie was shot and some of them called it a little too corny, but I think this is one where you get what you think you’re going to get. It’s not Rocket surgery as my Father-in-Law says. This is simply a feel good story.
Hope you all have a good weekend. Sally and I are going to another wedding tonight but all of our friends will be there so it’s going to be a really good time. Saturday night is Date Night. 801 for dinner to celebrate our Anniversary and Sally’s Birthday.
Have a good one!
PWD

11 comments

  • Anonymous

    Brad,Thank you so much for mentioning all of the traffic issues that are going on on University Ave. between South East Polk and Pleasant Hill. This has been a huge headache for anyone who lives and travels in this area. Could you please keep us updated on this, like how long it is supposed to be before they finish it? It has been going on for about a month now so I’m hoping it should be completed in the near future.Thanks,Brenda

  • Anonymous

    Jen,The downtown farmer’s market is always really great. I haven’t been in awhile, but am planning to head there this weekend before it’s over for the year.If you’re into dance, the Hubbard Street Chicago Dance Chicago is coming to the Civic Center. Although I haven’t been, I hear they are amazing and am really looking forward to that on Saturday night.Hope that helps!M

  • Anonymous

    Say this morning it was mentioned about faster internet speeds or watching movies over the internet in seconds? I did not catch everything this morning. Could someone shine a little light on the information or a link to the story?Thanks, Curtis

  • Anonymous

    Brooke, I love the light blue coat you have on in the Living History Farms commerical. Can you tell me where I can find that same coat?

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to the covered bridge festival in Winterset. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the fall. It’s not super fantastic, but it has a special place in my heart… and I always go (last 5 years)Hope that helps!B

  • Anonymous

    I wish my internet wouldn’t have been down all afternoon last Friday. I completely forgot about that Covered Bridge Festival…would have been kind of nice to see what that’s all about.Oh well, there’s always next year!M

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