In a world where FOX News is funny and often fictional, it is nice to know that I can rely on New York's local ABC 7 EYEWITNESS NEWS to keep me informed.
They've got a van.
Yesterday, I was flipping through channels (let's be honest, I was not watching the news) and, when flicking past Channel 7, I heard, "and a dumpster overflowing with trash. Why hasn't it been emptied?" I sighed (but did not stay to watch the story since I am more interested in hearing about NFL free agent signings on NFL Network than about dumpsters).
DeAngelo Williams is smiling because he just got a five year, $43 million contract.
If he saw this dumpster, he'd be a lot less happy!
Well, maybe not a lot less. That's a lot of money.
Later, though, I was curious to learn more. Like any American, I realized that I need to stay informed on the day's top stories. So, I used something called the internet to obtain the Eyewitness News report.
This is what I learned:
*The "smelly, overflowing dumpster" was a construction dumpster that wasn't emptied for a month.
*The dumpster was pink.
*Residents were not happy. One man had to take his kids on a different route to steer clear of the smelly dumpster!
*The hot weather makes the smell worse.
*311 confirmed getting eight complaints in the last few weeks. (Investigative reporting! They're sniffing out the facts!)
*Eyewitness News called the number on the dumpster and were assured that the dumpster would be taken away. Sure enough, yesterday morning, the dumpster was gone.
WOW! That's a breaking story-- the story of how Eyewitness News saved the city from a smelly, rat-infested dumpster!
Jamie Roth, who covered the story, was honored by the Associated Press in 2006 with a Best Investigative Reporting award. Maybe I will become an investigative reporter. I can investigate equally important stories. Perhaps there is a cat somewhere in the city who is terrifying its neighbors, or a tree that obstructs an otherwise pleasant view from someone's apartment. These would be newsworthy stories.
Puss in Boots is stealing boots from that little man!
Overall, I just hope that Jamie Roth, or someone else working for the Channel 7 news team, doesn't read my blog and steal all my stories, like the investigative piece I wrote about the bad ices they're selling at Duane Reade, or how it's hard for me to find pants in my size at the mall. Hey, maybe I'm just jealous I didn't get the scoop on this dumpster story before they did.
SIDE NOTE: I suppose these types of stories are better than when they relentlessly report on the weather. "It's a scorcher"-- cut to people in the park looking hot: a sweaty fat man, hot girl in bikini lying in grass.
This silly-looking man is ridiculously sweaty.
Your average New York City girls.
Trying to increase readership.
Story at ABC News: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=8276635