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Today was a monster commute - rain turning to snow turning to accidents all along the Wasatch Front. It was a busy news day too with stories of Utahns getting behind on their mortgage payments, Mayor Rocky Anderson's unflattering remarks about Mitt Romney's speech, and big basketball games this weekend.
But the big story of the day for us here in the news room was the birth of Benjamin John Richards, born to our own awesome reporter Mary Richards last night. He is 8 pounds 7 ounces and 21 and 1/2 inches long. God bless you Mary and sweet Richards family.
And thank you to Tom Callan who will be filling in for Mary while she's on maternity leave.
Speaking of babies, Grant found a great story this morning. ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) -- You probably won't find a turkey baster in the typical maternity ward. But the kitchen device proved useful when an Upper Peninsula woman gave birth at home. Shannon Mata of Gladstone went into labor yesterday morning, although her baby wasn't due until December 14. Her husband was out of town, so she called her mother-in-law. There wasn't time to drive to the hospital. As they waited for an ambulance, the mother-in-law spoke with an emergency medical technician by phone. Fortunately, an off-duty paramedic was driving nearby with his radio on. Edwin LaCosse rushed over as the baby girl was being born. He used a turkey baster to clear her nose and mouth, and a shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord. Mother and baby are fine today.
Plus, the value of the Utah Jazz has gone up by 15% in one year according to Forbes Magazine. The team was work $342 million last year. The price went up $45 million in one year! Wow. Go Jazz!