We decided that we would once again do a comparison of the stories for which local news had plenty of time for, alongside the ones which were either missed or placed way at the bottom. MOSTLY MISSED!!
Local News Stories
- Breaking news coverage (and lots of it!) of the May Day protests in Olympia. Roughly 200 protestors blocking streets and walking to the capital. NO VIOLENCE! P.S. Also, had time for some coverage of the PEACEFUL protests in PORTLAND!
- Lakewood judge, known as tough on drunk drivers is on trial for drunk driving
- Former Snohomish County Sherrif, who was accused of using drugs, awarded $3.25 million in a civil trial
- Whale population shrinking
- Detailed coverage of a Japanese Maple tree in Seattle which cost taxpayers $35,000
- In-depth coverage of a woman whose raft overturned in rough waters in Darrington
- Consumer report: beware of buying a car over the internet
- Mariners' winning streak: detailed history of the team, its owner, and Safeco Field
- Sports: Mariners plus moderate coverage of the UW CREW team (mens and ladies)
Network News stories
- Congress passes compromise tax bill: $1.35 trillion of Bush's $1.6 trillion
- May Day protests around the world turn violent in London, Berlin, Sydney, and Seoul
- Phillipines' President declares a State of Rebellion, which is 1 step below declaring Martial Law. This allows her to call in the troops to deal with the protestors who are supportive of Former President Joseph Estrada and have stormed the Palace
- President Bush outlines his highly controversial plans for a new missle defense shield. He also stated his intention to break a 1972 anti-ballastic missle treaty: an act which could result in a renewed arms race
- FBI Director Louis Freeh is resigning in June after 7 years in office
- Thomas Blanton was convicted on 4 counts of murder after the jury deliberated for just 2 1/2 hours. The former KKK clansmember was accused of murder following the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama church. His girlfiend had testified during his trial that she witnessed his pouring acid on the car seats of black-owned vehicles. He faces up to life in prison
- Strike deadline loomes: at midnight tonight, if there is no new contract, Hollywood writers will strike. Cost to LA: roughly 100,000 jobs and $4.4 billion in lost revenue. Cost to rest of the nation: lots of reruns, no updates to talk shows, plenty of reality-based programming like a rerun of Survivor, and possible airing of pilots which didn't make the final cut for the regular season
- Supermodel Nikki Taylor severely injured in a car crash
- Closing arguments begin in the trial of 4 men accused of the 1998 US Embassy bombings in East Africa resulting in the death of 224. Some of them are accused of having links to Afgan terrorist, Osama Bin Laden
- 2 dolphins at the NY Aquarium able to recognize themselves in the mirror. Up to now, only Chimps have demonstrated this ability. Shows they're more intelligent than once though
- The Space Shuttle Endeavor returns home to Andrews Air Force Base in CA
We want to make note of 1 thing:
KIRO was the ONLY station to mention the verdict in the Alabama church bombing trial. For that, we commend them!
However, it wasn't covered until 5:50 in their 5 PM broadcast, at which time they considered a BREAKING story. FUNNY, the NETWORKS had it covered early on in their 4:30 broadcast!