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- Update: Our little boy is here! Daniel Aiden Deis was born at 7:46 am. He's 7 lbs, 10 oz — lots of hair & has dimples like his big brother.
Melissa Luck, now on maternity leave from KXLY, is having her baby this morning via C-section. She has been tweeting about the blessed event for several days including this Monday: “My sports guy husband might be tempted to tweet the birth. But, I will urge him to resist!” And: “Biggest difference between an emergency c-section and a planned one? Makeup! Already like this one better.” In the last week, she's also mentioned that her “sports guy husband” has been tempted to tweet re: the birth of their second baby. But Melissa writes: “I will urge him to resist!” Also, she said: “I think I just found the most depressing activity on earth: trying on nursing bras three days before you have a baby.”
Question: Anyone else ready to sing the praises of C-section births over natural ones? Or vice versa?
Pump up the bike tires and grab your helmet - one of the Inland Northwest's favorite trail rides, the Route of the Hiawatha, opens Saturday! The June 11th opening actually marks a delay in the trail's typical season. The route usually opens from May to September, but the cool spring and heavy snowfall delayed the opening. Crews from Lookout Pass, which operates the trail, have been clearing the snow from the trailhead's highest peak to get ready for this weekend. Route of the Hiawatha follows the old Milwaukee Railroad grade between the old town site of Taft, Montana and the North Fork of the St. Joe River near Avery, Idaho. USA Today recently named it one of the top rail-to-trail adventures in the country/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here. (SR file photo: Christopher Anderson)
Question: Have you ridden the Route of the Hiawatha? Would you recommend it to other bicyclists?
When Osama Bin Laden's terror network attacked the United States on September 11th, Americans vowed to do all sorts of things, from getting tattoos to enlisting in the military. But, a teacher at Ephrata Middle School took another route, saying he wouldn't shave his beard until Bin Laden was caught. Sunday, Gary Weddle got his wish and shaved off nearly 10 years worth of facial hair. Over the years, the beard grew into quite the facial hair masterpiece. But, Weddle showed up to work Monday clean-shaven and no doubt relieved that both the beard and Bin Laden are gone/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.
Question: Now that Bin Laden has been buried at sea … what should Ephrata Middle School teacher Gary Weddle do with the beard he just shaved as a remembrance for the 9/11 attacks?
If all goes according to plan, I’m 8 weeks from delivering my son. It’s my second, so I shouldn’t be surprised at the weird things people say to pregnant women. I was starting to think it was just me, so I checked around with some of my pregnant friends. I found out, it’s universal; people say really weird things to you as soon as another human being starts growing in your stomach. Maybe people just don’t know what they should say, so, on behalf of pregnant women everywhere, I am here to be your guide/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.
Question: Do you have anything to add to Melissa's list re: what not to say to a pregnant woman?
It was our assignment manager’s idea to check back in with the Schrocks, to see how they’re doing five years later. I had to talk Jeff into doing the story, as he was reluctant to look like they were publicity-hounds somehow. But, I told him – and, I believe this – that the community needs to see them and know they’re lives are moving forward. So many of us prayed for them, we almost needed to know that those prayers did some good. And, I am happy to report, the Schrocks felt that love and support. They knew how much they were loved. And, in November, when that five-year anniversary came and went, Carolyn said she felt that love and support all over again/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.
Question: Have you been inspired by the faith and resilience of the Schrock family?
Right now, at Washington's largest corrections center for women, 871 inmates are serving their sentences. Among them are 8 babies being raised right in the middle of it all. It's a trailblazing program pioneered by Washington and now being adopted in other states. But, is prison a safe place to raise a child? Little Deegan's hands tell so much about the eight-month old boy. He's playful, curious and always reaching out to his mother Sunny.”We're all in this and it's hard,” Sunny Van Cleave explained. “Deegan makes people happy”/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.
Question: Do you support this experimental program?
It’s time I made the admission to the world. Last month, my husband and I took the final step into 30-something parenthood: we bought a minivan. The decision invited the scorn of my friends and family, which I deserved. I’m flattered to think they thought I was that cool to begin with. But, I refuse to bow to societal pressure and hide my face behind dark glasses while behind the wheel. I am embracing it – and, sharing my joy with the world/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.
Question: Do you drive a mini-van? And/or: Is it possible to be cool and still drive a mini-van?
It’s relevant on several levels, depending on who you ask. It’s relevant because the sheriff’s office already has a huge issue on its hands – and, the sheriff chose to assign some of his employees to get to the bottom of it. It’s relevant because, if investigators determine it’s a violation of policy, this deputy could possibly lose his job, even if the prosecutor clears him of criminal charges for the shooting. It’s relevant because some people believe if Deputy Hirzel would violate policy in this way, it’s possible he violated policy with the choices he made the night of the shooting. It’s not up to us to decide the answers to those questions; it is our responsibility to cover every angle of this huge community story, including this one/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.
Question: Persuaded, yet?
Re: Student pilot killed in chopper crash near Felts Field/Rob Kauder, KXLY
I used to get really angry when I would report on a tragic story, see a body on the side of the road, talk to and try to comfort family members… only to come back to the station and hear people making insensitive comments about what I had just seen and felt in the field. We don’t have that in our newsroom now, thank God. But we do have people who are passionate about their jobs and can’t help but feel proud when we do things well and do things right. In these situations, no matter how busy they are, we still take the time to make sure we’re being as sensitive as we can, yet still fulfilling our obligation to keep the community informed. My boss and I were reviewing video and pictures as they came in (before they hit air) so we could decide if they were appropriate or not/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.
Question: By and large, do the media handle tragedies properly, like the helicopter crash that killed a student pilot at Felt Field Wednesday?
“I’ve never been one who’s afraid of speaking his mind,” explains Rick Lloyd. Lloyd is our most frequent commenter. He’s added his opinion on kxly.com more than 300 times. He’s a news junkie and loves the debate. He says it helps people feel like they’re part of the news affecting our community. And, he acknowledges, sometimes it’s easier to be honest when people can’t see your face. But, he also sees the downside. “You can character assasinate a person or an issue at lightspeed. Anonymously. That is probably the biggest drawback of all,” says Lloyd. To Lloyd’s credit, he always posts his name. Which is why I was able to determine it was he who leveled that particularly scathing response to last week’s Good QuestionMelissa Luck, KXLY4. More here (w/video).
Question: Do you consider the debate here at Huckleberries Online to be informative or toxic? Please explain your answer.
MelissaLuckKXLY posts on her blog: To work in TV news, you have to have pretty thick skin. People take a lot of shots at you, about everything from the way you tell stories to how you do your hair. It’s part of the job, though at times, it can really get to you. Recently, something has made it a lot more frustrating: the fact people can comment and not leave their name. A couple of people have left some pretty insulting comments in recent days, specifically in response to my weekly segment called “Good Question.” Maybe people don’t like that we call it Good Question (they’re not MY questions, it’s not like I’m taking credit for it!) – but, here are two of the comments people posted about yesterday’s question, “Why are some people faster than others?”:
- “Next week’s question why are some journalism questions far dumber that others? It is the water? The fact that they went to WSU? Or poor station management.? film at 6 …”
- “Excellent question! Next week, can you please answer why some people are smarter than others? Keep up the great journalism, KXLY!
Question: Although I support anonymity in the blogosphere (because it allows individuals to speak freely who otherwise might not be able to do so), I’m impressed by the civility that reigns in Facebook, where individuals use their real names. Why the difference?
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to defend myself or this news organization because people don’t want us to report the news. The latest example: the story Jeff Humphrey did yesterday about a South Hill daycare shut down because one of the people who lives there was arrested for lewd conduct with a child in Idaho. We heard about the arrest through an email into our general news mailbox (firstname.lastname@example.org). We followed up with Post Falls Police and confirmed the details of the arrest. Then, we looked through public records for the state of Washington and found the licensing info for the Your [sic] a Good Kid Daycare. In the course of his reporting, Jeff called the Washington Dept of Early Learning to see if the license for the child care center had been suspended because of the investigation”/Melissa Luck, KXLY. More here.
Question: Have you ever been mad at a news organization for printing a story re: a possible crime? Tell us about it.
Tyler Jamison is only 18. I imagine he may have thought his life was over when he heard his girlfriend was pregnant. It’s hard to have a baby and, extremely hard when that child is crying and you can’t figure out why. It was hard for me and I’m 31 years old. I have all the resources in the world at my disposal and I have a wonderfully supportive and helpful husband. Still, it’s hard when they cry and you can’t stop it. But, that does not excuse what Tyler Jamison admits to doing. Tyler told Spokane Police that for at least the last month, he would get Skylynn to stop crying by either pinching her windpipe closed with his fingers or cupping his hands over her nose and mouth. He wasn’t stopping her from crying, he was stopping her from breathing/Melissa Luck/Beyond the Headlines, KXLY. More here. And: Melissa’s story here.
- Police: Baby brain dead after assault by father/Meghann M. Cuniff, SR