Monday, January 02, 2006

Best News I've Read All Morning ...

I took note of two news stories yesterday.

One was about a missing man in Utah, trapped in an avalanche while snowshoeing. It caught my attention because my friend Marc lives in Utah and likes to be outside whenever he can. I dropped a quick e-mail his way: "You're not buried in an avalanche, are you?"

His reply came a couple hours later. Nope, it wasn't him.

The other story was on TV, about the first baby born in 2006. It caught my attention because of the ubiquitous nature of some news. Everyone feels compelled to cover the same things year after year, usually with live remotes.

The first snow of the season ("It's snowing out here, Bob"), the day after Thanksgiving ("People lined up early looking for holiday bargains, Bob"), any time it rains more than an inch ("It's making for a soggy commute, but we need the rain, Bob," and invariably, such weather causes the graphics department to generate "Storm Watch" art to go with the story).

And holidays usually make for slow news days. The headlines on Yahoo! News this morning aren't very different than the headlines last night.

Except for this one:

"Inmates Skip Lunch to Feed Fellow Kenyans"

You can click on the title of this post to read the whole story, but here's the lede:

"By RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press Writer

NAIROBI, Kenya - Thousands of prisoners skipped lunch Sunday to send food to fellow Kenyans affected by food shortages, a senior prison official said.

Most of Kenya's estimated 50,000 prisoners gave up their ration of beans and corn porridge on the day President Mwai Kibaki declared the food shortages caused by drought a national disaster in an effort to speed up relief efforts, officials said."

Now that's a story worth reporting.


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