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We had our weekly chat with ABC newsman Sam Donaldson this morning. We talk to him every Tuesday at 6:20. It's always a treat. He has way more of a sense of humor than we realized before we started talking to him regularly.
Sam had no hopes that the Mideast Peace talks going on today in Annapolis, Maryland will have any effect. He thinks the gesture is just that - a gesture. As one of our text messagers pointed out, Sam was pretty partisan this morning, especially in his commentary about Al Gore's visit to the White House yesterday. And when we asked him the burning question of what he wanted for Christmas, he said, "Ya know. I drive an American car. I don't have a lot of needs."
"But you look great in Armani," Grant said.
"Thanks. Send one along. And remember all you listeners in Utah, keep shopping. The economy needs you to keep shopping."
"I'm keeping up my end of it," Amanda muttered, and they moved on to more important things.
There was the incredible story this morning from the Deseret Morning News about another guy who cut off his own arm to save his life. This time the arm got caught in a corn harvester. The story reads, "'I just told myself, I'm not going to die here,' Sampson Parker said Monday on NBC's "Today Show." 'I just kept fighting, kept praying. And then when I did get loose, I jumped up running, I had blood squirting from my arm,' he said of the September incident. ' It was pretty scary there for a while.' Parker, a construction supervisor in Kershaw County about 20 miles east of Columbia, South Carolina, farms as a hobby. When he tried to remove a cornstalk stuck in the rusty harvester, his hand became stuck."
Plus there was this great story Grant found.
Britain-Subway Announcer LONDON (AP) -- The voice of London's subway system has been fired for slamming the transit network. Emma Clarke has been recording messages for London's subway network, known as the Tube, since 1999. In addition to warning passengers to "mind the gap," she also reads the train stops, tells Londoners how long they have to wait until their next ride, and delivers service updates. Clarke was canned after telling The Mail on Sunday newspaper that she thought the Tube was "dreadful" and that she avoided using the subway whenever possible. The paper also featured Clarke's Web site, which hosts a series of spoof Tube announcements. A Tube spokesman says Clarke's attack crossed the line. He says "We wouldn't employ somebody to promote our services who simultaneously criticizes those services." He says Clarke's voice will continue to fill London's subway cars until a replacement is needed.
And one last bit of health news that may affect your kids.
Kids' Bones WASHINGTON (AP) -- A children's doctor is warning of a potential time-bomb for some kids. A study has found that young people are getting too little milk, sunshine and exercise, leading to weak bones. The deficiency may leave them more vulnerable to bone-cracking osteoporosis later in life than their grandparents are. One doctor says she is treating more and more cases of rickets, a soft bone deficiency thought to have been eradicated with milk fortification. Scientists are now taking the first steps to track kids' bone quality. A study is tracking 15-hundred children for seven years, to see how their bones turn out.