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News yin and yang

Posted at 11:23 AM on June 8, 2007 by Bill Wareham (3 Comments)

At the top of the computer program that sorts the wire copy coming into my laptop is a little box that flashes those stories tagged as "news alerts." Here are the two that seem to be competing for my attention this hour:

BC-Paris Hilton, 4th Ld,0086
Judge orders Paris Hilton be brought back to LA court for hearing
Eds: UPDATES with judge ordering Hilton to court.
Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge ordered that Paris Hilton be brought
to court Friday for a hearing on her early release from jail rather
than listen to the proceeding by telephone.

The decision by Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer was
announced by court spokesman Allan Parachini shortly before the
hearing was to start.

"Judge Sauer has instructed the Sheriff's Department to go to
Ms. Hilton's residence, pick her up and bring her here. That is
happening now," Parachini told reporters outside the courthouse.

BC-Rice Interview, 1st Ld-Writethru,370
Russia's softening on missile defense won't alter US plans: Rice
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - The United States will pursue its own plans to
put a missile defense in Eastern Europe despite Russian suggestions
to locate it outside the region, Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice told The Associated Press Friday.

Comments (3)

Hmmm... I hope you have enough time to cover both!

Posted by gml4 | June 8, 2007 1:39 PM

Not to be too snippy or elitist, but the reason I listen to & support MPR is precisely to avoid incessant coverage of glitterati. Thanks in advance for keeping the coverage of such to an absolute minimum. I mention it more because of the NPR headline on the front page, rather than the blog entry, for what its worth.

Posted by bsimon | June 8, 2007 3:24 PM

And, for what it's worth, I was also a little surprised to see that in the NPR headlines. For the record, we don't have much control over those, except to turn the whole module off or on.

I don't know if you've been watching any cable news today, but I warn you not to go there. The coverage has been laughably intense.

I'm seriously considering turning this into a Paris-free zone, similar to what I did with another celeb-for-celeb's-sake. But, geez, the topic is such a rich source of fodder for ironic to snide commentary about the state of the news business. It would be like turning down a double dip waffle cone on a hot August day. I have only so much will power.

Posted by Bill Wareham | June 8, 2007 5:14 PM