The newsroom was full of conversation this morning but it wasn’t about the news. We were having a discussion of ways to deal with issues of childcare in the overnight hours we work. This shift presents a lot of challenges to your personal life. This is just one more that some of our team is dealing with behind the scenes. And no, please do not read more into this that there actually is. I am not among the people in the newsroom in the market for childcare these days.
It is tough to come up with plans when you work these strange hours! I was giving our expecting-mom-producer, Heather, some tips on recruiting a good nanny/sitter who can cover overnights!
I speak from experience – Ian is out of town today so one of our sitters spent the night in the guest room, and is probably up feeding the kids cereal right now. I realize I’m very lucky to have someone I trust who’s able to do this from time to time – a lifesaver when you don’t have Grandma and Grandpa in town!
Check out today’s Gen X moms blog for more on nanny-searching tips, and WHY kids seem to work so much harder to impress their teachers than their parents!
To the news:
The news out of Afghanistan is that there is another deadline set for tomorrow around noon. Taliban kidnappers say they will Iolanthe hostage tomorrow if the Afghan government doesn’t release Taliban prisoners. The body of a second murdered hostage was found along a roadside today.
The Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court had a seizure. He fell over while on vacation in Maine. Scary, I’m sure but the doctors say Chief Justice Roberts is going to be OK. The vocabulary moment of the day came when Trish pointed out the medical terms used in this story. I’ll let her explain.
IDEOPATHIC: (id-ee-uh-path’-ic) of unknown cause, as a disease.
I questioned whether we should use this word in our coverage of Roberts’ episode. I knew what it meant, but only because I heard it a lot when I was being treated for “ideopathic” scoliosis as a teenager. It just means doctors can’t explain the cause.
I figured most people in the general public wouldn’t be familiar with the term, and thought at first we should remove it from the script. But Pat said – let this be a vocabulary lesson! So we compromised – we used the word, but offered the quick definition too. I liked that solution.
Is this kind of specificity helpful to you as a news viewer – or would you rather just have the plain English version without the technical medical term? TS
There’s a group of Iowa soldiers coming home. The 10-34th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion is coming back to Johnston.
A New report out by the agency looking onto reconstruction costs in Iraq says there’s widespread corruption in almost every agency of the Iraqi government. No kidding.
In one of the weirdest stories of the morning, an anti-war group is protesting at Sen Tom Harkin’s office today. Anyone else think they’ve got their senators mixed up? Just a tip: If you want to be taken seriously you might want to protest something at the office of a politician who’s been vocal about his support of he war.
Here’s an example of how out of control the senator is about his “support” of the war:
“As progressives, we’re going to do everything we can to really have straightforward, strong votes on getting out of Iraq,” Harkin says.