Saturday Morning – This and That in the News
One of our readers, Tom L. sent an interesting email last night referring to the weekend of mourning the deaths of the two firefighters who were murdered in Webster, New York, earlier this week. The visitations/viewings are being held last night (Friday), today and tonight with the funerals performed on Sunday and Monday. This tragedy and remembrance will be bringing literally thousands of firefighters coming and going over the four days. Tom tells us:
The community of Webster has really pulled out all the stops. If you hook up on Face Book with "prayers and support for Webster Firefighters" you will see that they have gotten a huge number of hotel rooms donated for incoming first responders, as well as gift cards at local restaurants and food donated for buffets to feed them through the weekend. The local hotels are hosting community receptions. They are working out airfares for those who really need it from around the country. I have never seen such an outpouring. Pretty amazing effort…
Agreed, Tom. That amount of preparation in just a couple of days is a tremendous achievement and the town's efforts are certainly to be lauded. Somebody got to working on it early and somehow convinced the citizens that they are really going to be inundated with visitors for this. Whoever is responsible is doing a great job of coordination and preparation.
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There are some noises coming from the National Hockey League headquarters today. Not suprising, since we are only two weeks away from having the entire season lost because of the inability of the two sides to find an agreement. My personal opinion is that the owners are deliberately running it up to the deadline because they have the financial upper hand in the negotiations. Their pocketbooks can afford the relatively-smaller loss financially, but the players mostly cannot.
The league presented a written proposal, several hundred pages long (an obvious negotiating ploy in itself) to the union on Thursday. Reporting via the Sporting News, the AP explains:
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Friday the league presented its proposal Thursday. The sides haven't met in person since a second round of talks with a federal mediator broke down Dec. 13. The NHL and the players' association are expected to talk via conference call on Saturday, and have tentative plans to meet Sunday in New York.
The league's comprehensive new offer, that is several hundred pages in length, was still being reviewed by the union Friday night. The players' association's executive board and negotiating committee went over the proposal during an internal conference call.
"We delivered to the union a new, comprehensive proposal for a successor CBA," Daly said in a statement Friday. "We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time. We are hopeful that once the union's staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible."
The league would like to have a deal in place by Jan. 11, begin training camps the following day and start the regular season by Jan. 19.
Both sides have to approach this in earnest now, it's probably their last chance. We'll see what happens this weekend. This is day #105 of the lockout.
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One last item to cover this morning before we start the equipment check comes from Dorset, Vermont. Apparently an ambulance wasn't called in this instance, but we can all find some relevancy in the story that was published in the New York Post on Thursday:
Vermont State Police say a man faces a drunken driving charge after driving onto the lawn of a historic home once owned by the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Police say 55-year-old Donald Blood III of Marlborough, Mass., was ordered to appear in court in Bennington on Jan. 14.
Police say Blood thought he was driving into a parking lot, but actually it was the lawn of the Wilson House, built in 1852 in Dorset, the birthplace of AA co-founder Bill Wilson.
The Wilson House's website describes it as a "place of sanctuary where people can come to give thanks to God for their new lives." It still hosts several AA meetings each week.
Ok, we're running a little late this morning, so let's get started. I'm getting the Bunn-O-Matic going again before we meet back in the digital day room.
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