Sorry for the tardiness of today’s MNR; I played photographer at this morning’s fire at an abandoned slaughterhouse near the Nature Center and it’s thrown me a few hours behind.
Anyhoo — your
Morning Afternoon News Report …
LARRY KING HANGING UP HIS SUSPENDERS (AND MIKE)
CNN’s legendary interviewer, Larry King, is retiring in the fall. Although he claims it’s not because of ratings, he hit a 20-year low earlier this year in the Nielsens.
Now, speculation has turned to who will replace him and names as diverse as Ryan Seacrest and Katie Couric have emerged.
My take: Despite his inability to conduct a fluid interview in a couple of years (and being mocked by comedians on “Saturday Night Live” for year), he was always able to get the A-list stars on his show. It’ll be interesting to see who replaces him on CNN.
HURRICANE ALEX SLOWING DOWN OIL SPILL CLEANUP IN GULF
The first hurricane of the 2010 season, Alex, is bearing down in the Gulf of Mexico and is pushing more oil onto beaches in the area.
My take: This is ALL they need in the Gulf; hope this thing blows through quickly. I thought this picture (courtesy of The Associated Press) told the story pretty well:
COCKS WIN COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
With a dramatic 11th-inning victory, the South Carolina Gamecocks claimed its first NCAA baseball championship last night in the College World Series — the final one played at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb.
My take: Besides the unbridled joy I get in typing “Cocks” and not being suspended for doing it, last night’s game was pretty fantastic. I was Facebooking and chatting with a few of you during the game and that made it even more fun.
In honor of the Cocks winning the CWS, here is a trio of pictures to liven up your afternoon (click on the pictures for better viewing):
The iPod shuffle
Mary Jane’s Last Dance — Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Barbie Girl — Aqua
We’re An American Band — Poison
She Sells Sanctuary — The Cult
Learning To Fly — Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Guest iPod shuffle (from Jonathan Massey)
Because The Night — Patti Smith
Come Together — The Beatles
Have You Ever Seen The Rain — Creedence Clearwater Revival
Babyface — U2
Love In An Elevator — Aerosmith
(Want your iPod shuffle to appear on the ol’ blog? Send it to me at email@example.com — but tell the truth. If Jon Dawson’s anthem, “It’s Raining Men” shows up, send it.)