Mixing opera and politics, more scenes from the gene pool, the curse of the Halloween costume, the hero's bill, and the lost voice.
Few Minnesota Twins players have been as revered in Minnesota over such a short period of time as Jim Thome was. He was, you probably know, traded back to his ancestral baseball homeland -- Cleveland -- late in the season. But if he wants to continue playing baseball, it's unlikely he'll have a job in Cleveland. Could that mean a return to Minnesota? Maybe he'll give us a peek at his plans when he speaks to the City Club of Cleveland at 11 a.m. CT.
He'll be interviewed by Indians baseball announcer Tom Hamilton.
update 11:50 a.m. - Thome wasn't much for showing up anybody, but he cited this homerun in the 1995 World Series in which he flipped his bat toward the Atlanta dugout.
"Greg Maddux had just thrown at Eddie Murray," Thome said today. "And we had a bench-clearing brawl."
Thome knew drama.
11: 59 a.m. - "I'll go to my grave insisting that the strongest thing you've ever had was a Bud Light," Hamilton says as he brings up the steroid issue.
"I've had a few of them," Thome said.
12:07 p.m. - A member of the audience told about a store opening in his community. "My mother was on her deathbed, and you stopped the autograph session, and you told my wife you knew she was dying. You walked out of the building with my wife and told her you would pray for her."
12:13 p.m. - Finally, someone asks the question. "I want to keep playing," Thome says. "But I need teams to keep calling. I love my family -- I have kids that are going to be 9 and 4 that are just a pleasure. And then my body... everybody says 'you can play forever.' At 41 years old, you can't play forever. Under the right circumstances and the right positioning, you can continue to play and I certainly want to do that. I sure enjoy waking up and being around my family and getting in the car to go to my lodge. There's a lot of good things going on. We'll see."
Cue the "we knew it" outrage.
Michele Norris is leaving hosting duties at National Public Radio -- temporarily -- because her husband is joining the national Barack Obama re-election campaign.
In a note to staff posted on the company's Two Way blog, Norris says she's not leaving reporting, just hosting:
I need to share some news and I wanted to make sure my NPR family heard this first. Last week, I told news management that my husband, Broderick Johnson, has just accepted a senior adviser position with the Obama Campaign. After careful consideration, we decided that Broderick's new role could make it difficult for me to continue hosting ATC. Given the nature of Broderick's position with the campaign and the impact that it will most certainly have on our family life, I will temporarily step away from my hosting duties until after the 2012 elections. I will be leaving the host chair at the end of this week, but I'm not going far. I will be wearing a different hat for a while, producing signature segments and features and working on new reporting projects. While I will of course recuse myself from all election coverage, there's still an awful lot of ground that I can till in this interim role.
"This has all happened very quickly, but working closely with NPR management, we've been able to make a plan that serves the show, honors the integrity of our news organization and is best for me professionally and personally.
"I will certainly miss hosting, but I will remain part of the ATC team and I look forward to contributing to our show and NPR in new and exciting ways."
The should amp up the "NPR is just a bunch of liberals" cackling. And it comes days after an opera host, whose show was distributed but not owned by NPR, got into ethical hot water because she also served as a spokeswoman for Occupy protests in Washington
It also shows the tricky aspect of determining ethics where family members are concerned. Sure, there's a fair chance that if Michele Norris married a senior adviser to Barack Obama, that Barack Obama is on her list of favorites. But, prove it. Clearly, she thought the perception of a conflict of interest was an ethical violation, but does moving to reporting duties erase that?
Norris also recused herself in 2004 when her husband worked on the Kerry campaign. But she didn't when he volunteered on the Obama campaign in 2008.
Another NPR host, Linda Wertheimer, is married to Fred Wertheimer, the former president of Common Cause. There's no indication that presented ethical problems for either her or the company for which she works.(9 Comments)
Nobody denies that Fauja Singh is old. Really old. Too old for most people to run marathons.
But the Guinness Book of Records isn't going to recognize his finish in the Toronto marathon a week ago because he can't produce a birth certificate to prove he was born in 1911.
India didn't keep birth records in 1911. Singh has a passport showing is birth date, and a letter from Queen Elizabeth congratulating him on his 100th birthday, but Guinness says that's not good enough.
Singh finished the marathon in a little over eight hours.(4 Comments)
The decision to bring all the U.S. troops from Iraq has now become the latest issue in the presidential race. Some Republican candidates have said the troops should stay.
"Once again we see how critical a commander in chief is to the successful creation and implementation of national security policy," conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin wrote today in the Washington Post, calling it a "dishonest withdrawal."
"The presence of foreign troops, no matter how well-intentioned, can grate on a nation and create problems of its own," The Anchorage Daily News said in its editorial. "In the end, it's up to Iraqis to build and define their nation."
That pretty much spells out the politics of the issue, an issue that -- as this video today shows -- isn't all about politics.
The heart -- or possibly, a good head for public relations -- has won out in the story on 5x8 this morning about the Joplin tornado "hero" who was stuck with a $2.5 million health care bill when his insurance company rejected his claim.
"Upon further review of the case, and receiving additional information on the facts involved in this situation, Accident Fund believes the appropriate decision is to honor Mr. Mark Lindquist's claim for worker's compensation benefits," Mike Britt, president of the Lansing, Mich.-based insurance company, said (reported in the Chicago Tribune). "We are committed to working with Mr. Lindquist to ensure he receives all the benefits to which he is entitled and helping him to recover from his injuries."
Mark Lindquist was badly hurt when he tried save three special needs adults. Lindquist said he never even considered trying to get away from the tornado and leaving behind the three men under his care, the newspaper said.
(h/t: Matt Sepic)(4 Comments)