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Kiss in the Morning

This morning I woke up to a big kiss.  No, not from my husband.  KISS-FM called to ask me a few questions about TV and other stuff going on.

We talked about everything from getting my freshman son ready for Homecoming, to what NBC5 is doing to help the victims of Hurricane Ike, to what I listen to on my IPOD before every newscast.  It was fun to talk to them and   If you want to hear the interview, just listen to KISS-FM.

By the way, the last question was about my favorite song on their playlist right now.

Rhianna, no questions about it!


The Cost of Freedom

Johnnie Earl Lindsey has spent the last 26 years in prison for rape.  He was convicted in Dallas County.  Now comes word that new DNA evidence proves he is innocent.  A hearing is set for Friday.

Here’s what I want to know.  How on earth do you compensate a person for 26 years of their life?  It’s a tragedy and a shame that if Lindsey is released he will be the 20th person apparently wrongly convicted  in Dallas County.  It is also a tribute to District Attorney Craig Watkins office that he is trying to make these wrongs right.

But the question remains:  What does the state of Texas owe these people?  What is 26 years of your life worth?

Proud Peacock

How cool is that?  My brother just emailed me this picture from the Newseum in Washington D.C.

This is a replica of the NBC5 helicopter that hangs in the museum which is all about the history of news.  We have a lot of history here at NBC5 — we were the first television station on the air in the Southwest.

It’s fun to see a part of NBC5 on display for the whole country to see.

Yummy 2!

I was in line the first night Donatella Trotti opened her Italian restaurant Nonna Tata on Magnolia in Ft Worth.    i had been looking for good Italian food and a mutual friend in Dallas told me about her soon to open restaurant.  I wasn’t disappointed.  Nonna Tata is TINY!  It probably seats only 20 people and there’s always a line outside to get in.  It becomes sort of a neighborhood party with some people even bringing their own tables.  Why?  Because Donatella’s food is great.  Many of the recipies are ones she remembers from growing up in Italy. 

Now there’s good news for Italian food fans in Ft. Worth.  Donatella is opening TaTa Too in the revived Lake Como area.   Donatella has gotten a lot busier since she opened her little gem, but I still see her occassionally.  (She caters parties on Saturday nights and she’s done a couple of great ones for me)!

I’ll keep you posted on her opening date.

Here’s a link to a fun blog on Nonna Tata with a picture that’s sure to make you want to go!


Want a fun and easy way to help soldiers who have been fighting in Iraq and their families?

How about a Peppers & Pinatas Party?  It’s at Joe T. Garcia’s in Ft. Worth October 14th.  And the money goes to the Mental Health Association of Tarrant County to help returning troops.

Here’s the link:  Click on Peppers & Pinatas

David’s Daughter

David Finfrock and I started working together here at NBC5 on the noon news almost 25 years ago.  So I’ve worked in the studio with David longer than anyone else I know.  And there’s no one I know who’s a nicer person.

I knew David when that gray streak in his hair wasn’t quite as big, and when his children were a lot smaller.  He always doted on his daughter Jennifer, as lots of fathers do.

So all of us here at NBC5 were devastated to learn this spring that 34 year old Jennifer had breast cancer.  There is no way I can tell you how brave David has been through the entire experience.  Other than the initial shock, he’s been calm for the rest of his family and held on to his faith that Jennifer will be fine.

Well, the chemo and radiation are done and Jennifer is feeling great!  So we went back and did an update story  to let all the viewers who have been so concerned know how Jennifer, and David, are doing.

Our update on Jennifer will air Friday night during “Stand Up For Cancer”, a special program that will air Friday night at 7:00 right here on NBC5.  For David, and for your own family, we hope you’ll watch!


You can watch exerpts from Jennifer’s interview here:

Shocked She Had Cancer

Telling Her Family

Optimistic Outlook

Warning for Women

Palin’s Problems

I honestly don’t care if Sarah Palin’s 17 year old daughter is pregnant.  I don’t particularly care whether she marries the baby’s father, or chooses to raise the child alone.  And I’m not disbuturbed that Palin’s husband got a DUI two decades ago, or that her first child was born 8 months after they married.

This is all of the “news” we’ve been hearing about Palin in the last couple of days.

I wasn’t at all familiar with Palin before McCain chose her, and so here’s what I’m interested in.  Does she have the knowledge and temperament to negotiate with leaders from around the world as we increasingly become part of the “global village”.  What does she want to do about the fact that a lot of entitlement programs (like social security) are going broke just at the point when a huge number of baby boomers are going to want to claim theirs. 

Those are just a couple of the important questions I think reporters need to be asking Palin, instead of when her daughter’s baby is due.

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