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In the Loop: July 2, 2008 Archive

Houses: What can you get for $25,000?

Posted at 11:10 AM on July 2, 2008 by Jeff Horwich

Just enjoyed this video tour with Constance Nompelis, a Minneapolis realtor with a thing for houses most of us would run from, screaming.

She took along local short doc makers 612 Authentic on a visit to a few foreclosed homes in North Minneapolis on the market for...


That's right, bargain hunters. Get 'em while you can. I've just got two words for you: water damage.

New dad: How often should I call home?

Posted at 2:48 PM on July 2, 2008 by Jeff Horwich

I'm back at work this week after being out for a while with my new son.

A boss looked over my cube on Monday morning, my first day back, and offered kind of a cryptic encounter.

Him: "Called home yet?"

Me: "Sure thinking about it."

Him: "Don't."

End of conversation. Not sure what that means. (I did call home that afternoon. You can't really talk with a four-week-old, but it's fun to try.)

Whatever he meant (a joke, I figure? or not?) it's an eminently poll-able question.

The coolest press conference ever

Posted at 5:40 PM on July 2, 2008 by Jeff Horwich (1 Comments)

(Photo by Rodrigo Arangua/AFP)
On my other computer screen, I'm rolling live footage of the Ingrid Betancourt press conference from some airport tarmac in Columbia.

It's a cool story, all on its own: 15 Hostages dragged around the jungle for six years, broken out -- all alive -- in a single operation by the Columbian military.

But, damn! Those Columbians know how to throw a press conference. The news is barely out there when all the hostages roll up on the tarmac, step out of the plane one by one, and follow the military commanders at the microphone. (The three Americans were not among them -- evidently they're already on the way back to the states.)

Ingrid Betancourt has been talking for 10 minutes now and they left it to her to tell the blow-by-blow story of how the operation actually unfolded. And that woman knows how to stage a performance.

Brilliant! One of the most gripping live news events I think I've seen.

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