Saturday, March 28, 2015
Italy's highest court. Knox an exchange student was convicted in the death of Meredith Kercher. After serving four years in an Italian prison, her sentence was overturned and she was freed. Soon, after returning to Seattle, her acquittal was overturned. Knox faced extradition to Italy, had her conviction not been overturned. While we probably will never know the exact facts of the murder, we can be happy that this matter has been settled.
74-62 victory over the UCLA Bruins. This is the first time the Zags have been in the Elite 8 since 1999. The little school out of Spokane faces Duke tomorrow (Sunday the 29th) afternoon.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thank you to my brother, Danny for posting this on Facebook.
When I was at WSU, Mel was the morning man at KUGR, the student radio station. He would often stop by our dorm to visit friends. A tall, athletic, outgoing man, you couldn't miss him. He could often be seen playing basketball on the outside court of Stimson Hall, where he lived in his freshman year.
When I had a morning class at the Murrow building which also housed the KUGR studio, I would often come into to visit. Even though he was just a Freshman, Mel could do his show, talk to me, and tease the news reporters. Mel's voice was smooth and he knew his music. It was obvious that a career in broadcasting awaited him. He also had a tremendous knowledge of music. He was gregarious and also brutally honest.
He would work in sales at KZOK and was on air recently at the smooth jazz station in Seattle.
Mel's health issues caught up to him in his adult life. When I saw him in later years, he had gotten heavier. I had seen him last in the mid 1980s at a party in Seattle.
I caught up to him when I joined facebook, we often chatted when playing online Texas Holdem. he alluded to his health troubles, but always in a smiling positive way. A few years ago, a benefit was held to raise money for his medical expenses.
When Mel's health took a turn for the worst, he facebooked his condition, hinting he would be leaving us soon. I had just read his last status update, where he expressed his love for his friends, when I learned of his passing.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Jim Buchan started at my hometown paper,The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, in 1968. That's before I was a teenager, I'm now 57. Buchan still writes for the UB, on a part time basis. Seeing his name on a sports column byline that my friend sent caught my eye. When I used to read about the local baseball team and high school sports, I would see his writing along with the late Jim Redding, who went on to a great career here in Seattle. He would also write with Skip Nichols and eventually, Don Davis. He left briefly in the early 1970s to work in Phoenix. I would think Buchan is ranked high in the nation amongst long serving sports writers.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Sunday, March 22, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
It has recently been revealed that Herjavec has gone through personal crisis last year when his marriage broke up. As a result, his children stopped talking to him. He considered suicide. Herjavec's Pastor steered him to Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, where after volunteering in a "soup line", he seemed to get a new perspective on life.
This season, in addition to his Shark duties, Herjavec is currently a contestant on "Dancing With The Stars". His teaming with Australian dancing beauty Kym Johnson has sparked rumors of a new romance.