We took a little vacation, but we're back and ready to rumble. In today's edition, we're going to offer some commentary on stories our local news missed during the last day of Seafair. Let us know your thoughts!
Seafair is an annual event which runs from July through early August. The finale includes hydro races and a performance by the Blue Angels.
Now we're not fans particularly of the hydros, but do enjoy greatly watching the Blue Angels.
But let's get real: this DOESN'T mean those stories should supercede MAJOR ones! But that's exactly what our local news does.
They'll cover every little detail about the preparation for the hydro races, but MISS ENTIRELY news stories which are much much more important.
Bottom line, our local news broadcasts can be summed up as follows: local events (no matter how unimportant), weather, traffic, and the Mariners.
Grow up! The world doesn't revolve around the Northwest and there are other important events making news around the world.
Stop treating the public as if we're living in a cave. Lots of us come from outside this area and remember when local news broadcasts gave you a nice combination of local, national and world events. Seems you've forgotten this!
Now let's focus on some major stories missed by our local news during the Seafair weekend.
- A cop, apparently drunk and driving, had run over a family in NY killing 4 people, including a 24 yr-old pregnant mother and her 8 year-old son. The cop has been suspended, but in our opinion, he or she should have been fired!
- 36 people were captured and taken hostage by Muslim extremists in the Phillipines. The rebels had beheaded 4 of them, but luckily, 13 have been liberated by the Phillipine Army.
- 2 subway trains in Chicago derailed injuring 10.
- In another train derailment, 20 cars jumped the tracks.
- Violence once again grips the Middle East as Israel continues its targeting of Palestinian terrorist political leaders, and a Palestinian gunman wounds 10.
- Major flooding in Tennessee and Kentucky.
- Tropical Storm Barry slams into the Florida Panhandle, dumping lots of rain, but never reaching hurricane strength. The storm did strengthen overnight from 40 to 70 mph winds and still poses a threat to the Alabama and Mississippi area with heavy rains. 5-15 inches are expected.
- Here we go again with another computer virus. This time, it's the Code Red II.
- Russian and North Korean leaders meet to discuss various issues.
- Millionaire Steve Fossett tries again to become the first to circumnavigate the globe in a hot air balloon.
- 100+ degree temps continue to plague parts of the southwest. For example, Austin, TX had 21 straight days of over 100 heat.