Five at Eight: 4/23/09

Good morning, all. Make it a good day.

  • MinnPost’s David Brauer follows up with Fox 9’s Trish Van Pilsum in what looks to be the final chapter of the journalists-enticing-children story.

    Van Pilsum said she was “shocked” by the reaction to the story, saying that vein of story is commonly done, though Brauer notes:

    But when pressed, Van Pilsum admits she can’t think of an example where the faux luring involved cruising public streets, a tactic that still strikes me as so absurd I can’t believe a news director let it out of the building.

    In the end, Brauer apologizes to Van Pilsum for coming up short in his own reporting. Later, we’ll all get together for a group hug and discuss what we’ve learned.

    (If you’re confused, head over to In the Loop, where Jeff Horwich first reported on this story.)

  • Slate has slideshow up that consists of photographs from the White House’s rotating collection. It starts to get interesting at the halfway point once you start getting to the behind-the-scenes images of nation-running.
  • Speaking of running a country, here’s some kind of dilemma. Jacob Zuma, the man set to become South Africa’s next president will have to choose which of his many wives will be First Lady.
  • For those of you inclined to imbibe, here’s your weekend preparedness headline: Bacon sandwich really does cure a hangover
  • It’s Talk Like Shakespeare Day! Happy 445th, Bill. Best rhyming couplet in the comments wins a shout-out in a post update.
    • Kevin

      If a rhyming couplet for this you ask,

      such shame that no a soul take up the task

      and leave thy comment boxes unwritten

      for daily by Newscut are so many smitten.

      Thus for all and thy humble request

      and for me and my five minutes bless’t,

      And while my creativity be terse,

      I hereby grant some modest verse.

    • Than Tibbetts

      Bravo Kevin! Bravo.