Tuesday, July 31, 2007
But so she can spend more time with her family and enjoy life “away” from the daily responsibilities of the newspaper, executive assistant Althea Goodwin is retiring after 17 years of putting out fires, soothing egos, solving problems and making all of our lives better, both inside and outside the walls of The Times.
We worked with Althea, but it is you she worked for.
This voice for The Times and internal advocate for readers bids farewell August 31st.
From fielding calls on a tough election nights to transcribing donors to the Joy Fund, her customer service is hard to match. She soldiers through daily tasks -- like birth and death notices -- proud to help chronicle the communities’ lives. She is always ready to lend a hand and is compassionate for those in need. She touches many lives in the community by caring for so many details.
She sees it all, helping veteran journalists work through tough assignments and ushering others on their way through our newsroom. She began her time here working for The Shreveport Journal, working for 7 editors in all (one was here twice). All have mentioned her as an essential, critical player in the operation.
Her departure is a loss for us, but we are happy for the reward she’ll find in plans she is making for a happy retirement. Congratulations are in order for a dedicated and dependable journalist.
Monday, July 30, 2007
The story behind the story shows the role of the press being tested.
Click “read article” to find out: “How one book called “Game of Shadows” about legendary Giants slugger Barry Bonds and allegations he was a drug user made problems for two reporters from the San Francisco Chronicle and nearly landed them in jail. Kristi Funderburk on the scandal’s aftermath and just what this has to do with the First Amendment” – The American Editor, summer 2007
Bonds is one homer away from Hank Aaron’s epic record of 755. The San Francisco Giants are off tonight and open a series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers Tuesday night.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Given its appearance in Dallas, it was just a matter of time before the drug cocktail containing heroin and over-the-counter antihistamines surfaced in Shreveport. The appearance of "cheese" in northwest Louisiana is today's most read story at shreveporttimes.com.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Local General Motors plant manager Dave Gibbons points to flawed logic in lawmakers forcing higher fuel efficiency standards. The senate-backed push to raise CAFE standards in Washington may harm American workers.
Let the drivers drive the market force instead of a political deadline on technology. The BIG 3 hope for a compromise.
A repeal may be in order.
Being good to the planet makes sense, but we should examine the true impact of the logic we follow. Consider George Will's April column offering that a Hummer truck may be better for the environment than a hybrid.
"Speaking of Hummers, perhaps it is environmentally responsible to buy one and squash a Prius with it, " Will quips. His points are compelling.
Federal fuel efficiency requirements reject that consumer choices might apply just the right amount of pressure on the pedals of change. As a former GM SUV owner with a three-year-old hybrid in my driveway, I say leave the power to the consumer instead of the politics of Washington D.C.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
City government reporter Joel Anderson is shifting to our Sports team.
Soon, you’ll read Anderson’s byline on sports pages and blogs. You’ll hear his commentary in podcasts. For iTunes downloading, copy and paste http://www.shreveporttimes.com/external/freeforall.xml into the field. Anderson e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Business reporter Velda Hunter replaces Anderson on the city beat. Hunter's previous experience reporting and editing at several newspapers in Texas -- Clute most recently -- has served many stories. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Hunter e-mail: email@example.com
We hope to announce a new business reporter in the coming weeks -- to be posted here. These changes take place as we close the month.
Coming August 12th:
--The comics are headed back to a broadsheet format.
--The TV Book will be tucked inside in a tabloid format.
--Celebrations/Weddings features are being incorporated into a bigger Sunday Living section.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Fans dedicated their weekend to the book in Shreveport, LA. At a gas station on Youree Drive, a young woman held her book with one hand while pumping gas with the other.
Mounds of photos from Potter events at Sci-Port, Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million are available for view.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Note: Remember The Times longtime food columnist Carolyn Flournoy? Her son Craig co-authored the CJR article.
Second place goes to a combination of U.S. Sen. Vitter stories: 1, 2, and 3 (no surprises here).
Here are some other headlines receiving top clicks since July 12:
Mansfield woman held in jail on rape charges
Accused killer admits to 2nd slaying (along with the original breaking news post)
Speeding tickets are a large source of income for some area towns
Two feature stories vying for a spot:
Mother's perseverance leads to diagnosis for son
Cushing's survivor hopes to make others aware of illness
Top 3 photo galleries:
More Celebrity Sightings
Battle Cage 360 ( Beautiful Babies gallery gaining ground)
Top Times staff blogs:
Louisiana Movies Blog
Out and About with Maggie Martin
Bayou Bengals Blog
Top Community blogs we list:
Trudeau on the Arts
Mom on the Move
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Maybe it wasn't the water and wind setting Louisiana up for a hard recovery from hurricanes. Consider Monica Lewinsky. Next, the fall of Congressman Bob Livingston (R-LA)... John Maginnis gives us perspective on Vitter headlines.
"We're not a poor state. We've simply had poor leadership." -- U.S Rep. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) (VIDEO)
"As governor, my very first special session will be to set the gold standard for ethics right here in Louisiana." -- Jindal's campaign kickoff in Shreveport.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
There are still some points regarding the lost trust and the hypocrisy of his “sin” to be addressed.
Did you break the law?
Have you been interviewed or contacted by law enforcement officials related to the DC madam revelations?
How about the prosecutors in the Palfrey case?
And how did you get the phone number? Was it a lobbyist or one of your staff members?
Yes, citizens want candor and frankness -- unscripted responses. This serious revelation puts voter trust in question, as he agrees. The answers are not often found in one-way bits of stagecraft. The answer is candor.
It is understandable that Vitter wants to get back to work and move on, but journalists of all walks tend to be taxpayers too, seeking answers that could help him re-establish the trust he desperately wants to earn back. He indicates he believes doing the hard work on Capitol Hill will regain him ground lost by his misdeed? Are we to believe his DC madam adventure was an isolated incident? We don’t want details; we just want to know what exactly he is asking forgiveness for.