Black And White - 07/11/14

Black And White

  Nashville and the nation lost a great man today.  A man whose life stood for something--- promoting equality, exposing the Ku Klux Klan, putting himself in harm's way in the name of equality and justice.
  That's the John Lawrence Seigenthaler, Jr  we all know and love.  The man who started out as a lowly reporter at The Tennessean, who blazed trails during the Civil Rights movement publishing stories that made many uncomfortable because it was the right thing to do.   He took down corrupt judges, corrupt Teamsters, racist leaders.  He even got hit over the head with a lead pipe protecting students during a race riot.  He also risked his own life to save a suicidal man from jumping off a bridge.      To him, there was no gray area.  It was black and white, it was right or wrong.  There was no in between.   Seigenthaler was a man of conviction.
    Thank you John Lawrence Seigenthaler for what you stood for, for helping those who couldn't help themselves, for taking the hard road for no other reason ... than just because it was the right thing to do. 
    Anytime you stand up for the right thing, at the right time for ALL the right reasons... regardless of the consequences--- goodness will sprout from that.  And boy did it ever for Mr. Seigenthaler.  He went on to become the Publisher and Editor of not only The Tennessean, but also the founding editor of USA Today. 
   He also founded The First Amendment Center, has the Seigenthaler Center named after him at Vanderbilt  and you've probably been over the bridge downtown that's also named after him.  All of this... before this iconic man ever left this Earth.  He was a living legacy then and forever will be.

 

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Last Update on October 23, 2014 09:10 GMT

BEAR CUB-STORE

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Stuffed teddy bears on drug store shelves may be a common thing. But shoppers where in for a surprise over the weekend when they saw a bear cub scurrying down the aisles. Witnesses say the cub first showed up Sunday at a nearby hotel, hopped out a window and crossed the street to the Rite Aid in Ashland, Oregon. KGW reports that customers snapped pics and videotapped the litte bear until police arrived and scooped the youngster into a shopping cart. Oregon wildlife officials are holding the cub until it can be moved to a rehab center or a zoo.

TOE SQUEEZING CHARGE

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) -- A foot fetish went too far in the parking lot of a New Jersey supermarket earlier this month. Mount Laurel police say 30-year-old Derrick Johnson Jr., was arrested Tuesday and charged with harassment for the bizarre confrontation on Oct. 4. Police say Johnson approached the woman while she loaded groceries into her car. He complimented her on her toes, then allegedly touched and squeezed two of them. When the startled woman told Johnson to stop touching her, he allegedly told her he was obsessed with toes and ran off.

FIREWORKS-REMAINS

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri funeral director is sending his father out with a bang. Well, his father's ashes, actually. Greenlawn Funeral Homes will hold its first Firework Memorial program on Saturday night, when fireworks packed with James Carver's cremated remains will be launched into the sky as part of his family's goodbye. Carver's family is the first to try Greenlawn's new program. His son is funeral director Jim Carver. He says his father, who died in 2008, loved watching fireworks and would appreciate the unusual send off. The family will follow the eight-minute fireworks display with a cookout and memorial celebration. The Springfield News-Leader says the fireworks memorials range from $300 to the "Ultimate Goodbye" as much as $10,000.

INMATES-FINANCIAL EDUCATION

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Prisoners will get the chance to learn how to balance their checkbooks and set budgets. Or at least some will in West Virginia jails. The West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority plans to offer a four-week financial education program in November to inmates serving sentences for misdemeanor convictions. The state says the program covers the basics, including how to cut debt and save for emergencies. Officials say inmates can reduce their sentences by five days for taking the course. Prisoners can also reduce time in the can by taking a life skills course.

 
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