Back to the MNRs, but with a note from Derek Hunter — tonight, the junior American Legion teams from Post 43 Lenoir County South and Kinston Post 43 will play at South Lenoir High School at 7 p.m. The SL players have requested that all profits from the game go to the Humphrey family. Players are encouraging as many people as possible to attend the game to help the family.
Not sure if I’m going to be able to make it, because I had a prior engagement, but I am going to do my best to be there for part of it, at least. PLEASE go to the game, if you can — the Humphrey family is going through a lot right now and the money raised could really help them right now.
Thanks, Coach Hunter, for passing this along to me.
There is also a fund that has been set up to help the family at their church — you can send it here: Memorial Fund for Katlyn and Taylor Humphrey, Rivermont Baptist Church, 828 Wheat Street, Kinston, NC 28504
THE AREA MOURNS THE LOSS OF THE HUMPHREYS
Free Press reporter David Anderson did a fine job covering the tragedy of the deaths of Taylor and Katlyn Humphrey yesterday, first with the original updates , then with the final story.
My take: It was a tough day coming to work yesterday and knowing we had to cover this awful story, but it’s good to work with a consummate professional like David Anderson, who knows how to write a story like this with dignity and class.
I also need to throw props out to WITN NBC-7 and WNCT CBS-9. WITN, who has drawn my scorn and (deserved) ridicule at times, did a fine job with its coverage — especially early on when it credited Kinston.com (which was actually my blog) with its initial reports. A lot of TV stations around the nation simply steal info from newspapers and newspaper sites without giving credit, but the powers-that-be at WITN didn’t do that yesterday. Thanks, WITN.
WNCT did a pretty good job, too, getting video from the Jacksonville, Fla., station to back up its report.
But again … I’m scratching my head at WCTI ABC-12 — at no point did the station have a report on its website. I guess kids from Lenoir County dying isn’t important enough to go on its site.
I didn’t watch any of the coverage on the three stations, because, frankly, I was too mentally exhausted to deal with it anymore when I left the office yesterday. Did WCTI have a mention of it in its newscast?
BP HOPES TO CAP WELL BY END OF MONTH
BP is claiming it could have the oil spill capped by the end of July.
My take: Yep … we’ll see.
LEBRON TO MAKE DECISION TONIGHT ON LIVE TV
LeBron James is ready to let the world know where he will play the next few years on a live ESPN broadcast at 9 p.m. today. However, Chris Broussard of ESPN is saying King James is leaning towards Miami.
My take: While the rest of the world is pissed off that LeBron is doing this on TV tonight, I say, “Why not?” With all the ridiculous, stupid and inane reality TV that is broadcast now, how is this worse than any of that.
And it’s like a mini-reality show — at least we’ll know by 10 p.m. where he’s going.
I stick with my original guess — that he’s going to Chicago. But we’ll see.
The iPod shuffles I received from Taylor over the past few months:
In The City — The Eagles
Know Your Enemy — Rage Against The Machine
I Shot The Sheriff — Bob Marley
River Of Love — George Strait
Don’t Tell The Band — Widespread Panic
Superman — Matchbox 20
Ladies — J. Cole
Mountain Music — Alabama
#27 — Dave Matthews Band
Summertime — Sublime
One Love — Bob Marley
Snow (Hey Oh) — Red Hot Chili Peppers
Stranglehold — Ted Nugent
I’ll Be There — Jackson 5
Heartbreaker — Led Zeppelin