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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WATER THEFT CHARGE

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The owner of a northern New Jersey business found himself in hot water after admitting his role in a plan to steal at least $100,000 worth of water from a local utilities authority. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Nicholas Vene, of Holmdel, New Jersey pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Officials say from January 2007 to March 2012, Vene and others diverted water flowing from a Jersey City pipe to a Reliable Wood location and away from the water meter on that pipe. That resulted in an under-reporting of water usage.Vene faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 26.

FREE SALMON

POULSBO, Wash. (AP) -- The early bird catches the fish, or at least a few lucky people did when they lined up with coolers Monday to wait for free salmon at a hatchery on Washington's Kitsap Peninsula. Workers at Grovers Creek Hatchery, northwest of Seattle, netted several dozen fish from the pond and harvested eggs from female chum salmon. The hatchery gave away one salmon per person because of limited supplies so early in the season. But they told those who didn't get a fish Monday to come back later. The hatchery, run by the Suquamish Tribe, is one of a few in Washington with a salmon give-away program.

STINK BUG-MICHIGAN

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) -- An annoying insect is bugging homeowners in southwestern Michigan, and some say it just plain stinks. A Michigan State University program says the brown marmorated stink bug has been detected in low numbers in traps set around fruit and vegetable crops. But there are "a few hotspots." Cathie Buckley, of Stevensville, Michigan, lives with her husband on 6 1/2 acres including a former blueberry patch. The couple are finding the bugs "all over the place," and she says she's encountered hundreds of them. "I have lots of them -- and my husband can't stand the smell of them," Buckley said. "They are horrible." The stink bug does not bite or pose any danger to humans, but it has a gross smell.

SPEEDWAY WEDDING

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Two NASCAR fans raced to the altar to finally arrive at marital bliss. Kevin Lane and Ashlea Leggett got married on the Talladega Superspeedway infield before the GEICO 500 in Alabama on Sunday. The Athens, Georgia couple attended the race last year, as their first big trip together. So this year, they asked their friends and family to join them on the track for a ceremony before the race. The gathering was complete with a 10x10 foot white tent, flowers and music playing from a smartphone connected to a small speaker. After the 15-minute ceremony, the entire crowd shared wedding cake and watched the racers rev up.