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 24, 2014 09:09 GMT

COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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