In today's edition, we're going to look at KOMO TV-4's 8 AM broadcast. Here's a rundown:
Local News' Top Stories
"Your Money" Segment
- Homecoming party and parade to be held on Widbey Island for the crew of the EP-3
- Alaska Way Viaduct to be closed for earthquake repairs over the weekend
- Meth lab found
- Several fall ill with "flu-like" symptoms in Lynnwood
- Trouble in Snohomish: rash of toilet-papering of homes
- Lawyer sues Sound Transit over environmental impact of light rail
- Ferry rate hike passes another hurdle
- World's 1st "Space Tourist" Tito blasts-off into space
- Navy to prosecute protestors who disrupted bombing exercises in Puerto Rico
- Funeral for mom and baby shot down by Peruvian military because their plane was mistakenly thought to be smuggling drugs
- President Bush's daughter Jenna is cited for alcohol possession
- March of Dimes fundraiser and walk to take place at Husky Stadium
- Microsoft and Taco Bell team-up on the X-Box
- Microsoft CEO, Steve Balmer, is named Worth Magazine's Top CEO
- Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the focus of an SEC inquiry over the sale of stock
Network news' top stories
Network News' Top Business Stories
- World's 1st "Space Tourist" Tito, who paid $20 million of his own money to visit Mir, blasts-off into space for a rendezvous with the International Space Station
- Protestors disrupt Naval bombing exercises on Vieques Island in Puerto Rico for a second day. At least 47 will be prosecuted
- Chairman of the Colombine Investigation Committee says authorities ignored warning signs and police made matters worse
- Judge rules that Santana High School shooting suspect Andy Williams can be tried as an adult. His defense lawyers questioned Proposition 21, a California law that says minors can be charged as adults in the commission of serious crimes. His lawyers say they'll appeal
- Some educators are criticizing Bush's plan to test all students in grades 3 through 8 saying it would cost States billions.
- California power buyers say they need an additional $5 billion, which will be repaid through the sale of State Bonds over 15 years
- Funeral held for mother and bady killed in the downing of their small plane by the Peruvian military
- Mississippi River flood update
- Jenna Bush, the President's daughter cited for alcohol possession by a minor
- Americans can expect to receive and extra $1.1 million from Social Security because of an error in calculations going back to January. The average individual check to make-up for this error will be around $19.
- X-rays being taken of the Liberty Bell to discover the extent of the damage caused by someone yielding a hammer. Will be compared with x-rays taken 25 years ago
- A fire damages Mike Tyson's Maryland home with the cause still under investigation
- A federal judge has ruled she has done all she can to stop Napster from allowing the illegal download of music over the internet. Unless the Court of Appeals clarifies their ruling, there's nothing else she can do
- A federal judge dismissed a major antitrust lawsuit against American Airlines alleging they attempted to drive 3 competitors out by undercutting fares. This case began 2 years ago and was the 1st predatory pricing action to be brought against the airline industry since having been deregulated 23 yrs ago!
The government had accused American of undercutting fares and of offering a tremendous number of new flights on routes served by upstart carriers, only to cutback and then raise prices after the upstarts had failed.
In his opinion, Judge J. Thomas Marten wrote "There is no doubt that American may be a difficult, vigorous, even brutal competitor.....But here, it engaged only in bare, but not brass, knuckle competition."
- A federal appeals court had blocked the proposed $185 million merger of 2 baby food makers, Heinz and Milnot; Milnot makes the brand Beachnut
As usual, we've got some pretty interesting things to say about this.
- Does anybody thinks the story about "toilet-papering" is remotely IMPORTANT? Or MORE IMPORTANT than the ferry rate hike clearing another hurdle? This is a story which belongs in the local Snohomish paper.
By the way, in case you didn't hear about it:
A Snohomish woman sent her adolecent children to the store to buy toilet paper. The store REFUSED TO SELL it to them due to the rash of toilet-papering in the area. A Snohomish policeman, who was interviewed, had said he has never heard of such a thing and honestly couldn't believe it.
This is not only more important, but is also a nice and funny human interest event. However, neither of these should be considered TOP stories.
- Don't you angree that an SEC investigation into Bezos is MORE IMPORTANT than Microsoft's Balmer being named Top CEO?
OH, BY THE WAY! 27 minutes into their broadcast was the story about JC Penny closing its Kent store after 72 years. Think this might just be important? or at least more important than Balmer?
- Do any of you agree that Andy Williams being tried as an adult for the school shooting in California deserves coverage? Especially considering the recent rash of shootings. Perhaps this ruling will send a message to others: Don't kill kids! or you'll face SEVERE consequences.
- And how about a MAJOR antitrust case being dismissed? Or the Napster ruling? Think these should have, at least, been mentioned?