Glad to see the space shuttle Atlantis back on home soil safely this morning. Call me a geek(and some of you do), but I still think it’s so cool to watch this thing land. It’s basically a brick with wings and they manage to bring it in right on the mark. It’s an amazing feat of engineering and imagination.
On the southside of Des Moines last night an inmate apparently jumped out of a Polk County sheriff’s van as he was being transported from a jail in Missouri to the Polk County Jail. The sheriff’s Department told us this morning that this isn’t a big deal. They don’t believe the inmate, thirty three year-old Chad Hale is armed or dangerous. He was wearing handcuffs and an orange jump suit. I’m not sure this guy is going to get too far. It’s a reminder of the hoops the Polk County sheriff’s Department has to jump through to get an inmate here. Our jail is so overcrowded that they use two jails in Missouri to hold prisoners. They have to spend millions of dollars a year to transport and house those inmates. The new Jail is being built just northeast of the east Mixmaster…
Gas prices are down to less than $2 a gallon in the Metro area. We’d already seen these prices in other parts of Iowa but now in the Des Moines Metro. Experts say the price could be going down another .25 cents a gallon. Then there are the people who warn prices could be going back up again. Confused? Just be glad we’re going to right way.
A great honor for an Iowan today when Drake football player Stacey Walker is honored as the Boys and Girl Club Youth of the year. He was chosen from four other finalists. As part of the honor he’ll be making an appearance on the Today show this morning and He gets to meet the President tomorrow.
We got a call just before seven this morning saying Ed McMahon wasn’t going to make it to Corning Iowa today for the dedication of Johnny Carson’s boyhood home. The folks running the event tell us they will advertise the re-scheduled date. We’ll put it all over the web and on-air when we get the details. They’re asking you not to call, so we won’t give you the number like we said we would.
Funny news about the boss this morning. A new study says a vast majority of bosses thing they are doing a great job. Problem is, the folks in the trenches don’t agree. The other part of this study showed only a quarter of all bosses get reviewed by their employees. So how would they know if they’re doing a good job?
I’m sure Trish has more to say about the “clean your plate” study and a few other things. We were glad to have her back this morning. She’s officially off Jury Duty.
It’s Trisha – it’s good to be back! The courthouse wasn’t nearly as stuffy yesterday, and they decided a bit earlier in the day that they didn’t need me to stick around, so it wasn’t too bad!
The “clean your plate” study found basically that parents shouldn’t push their kids to finish their food if they’re not hungry. That being said, I sometimes have to cajole my son into eating his lunch or dinner, since he’d much rather keep playing – but I know he’ll turn into a falling-apart crabby mess if he goes too long without a meal! I also make him eat a substantial amount of healthy food before he’s allowed to have any kind of treat. But I don’t force him to “clean his plate” – I trust him to know when he’s had enough. Clara (almost 1 year old) has the opposite problem – she would eat and eat into eternity if we never cut her off! The girl LOVES her food.
She took her very first tentative steps yesterday – maybe she’ll start walking off all those calories soon! We caught some of it on video – priceless!
Thanks to everyone who responded to the blog yesterday. I mean it. Even the guy who told me I have a “fat head”.
Really I hadn’t noticed. You think that’s the first time someone’s commented on the size of my Mellon. I come by it honestly…My Grandfather was in TV too …
Head! Paper! Now!