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A Really Bad Week

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I’ve been working in television news for nearly 30 years, and I don’t think I have ever had a busier, sadder, more stressful week. Between the tragedies in Boston and Texas, then local news stories like the family who died of carbon monoxide poisoning or the college freshman who fell to her death at a rooftop party, or the two little kids found living in a storage unit, or the 113 animals taken out of a woman’s home, the bad news just seemed to never stop this week. Come to find out this week has historically been a really bad week.

April 14th (1912) The Titanic hits an iceberg. More than 1,500 people die when the unsinkable ship sinks.
April 15th (2013) The Boston Marathon bombing.
April 16th (2007) 32 people shot and killed by a student on the campus of Virginia Tech, who later takes his own life.
April 17th (2013) A fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas. Hundreds of homes are destroyed and at least 14 people are killed, most of whom were first responders.
April 18th (1906) Thousands die in the Great San Francisco earthquake.
April 19th (1993) 76 people die in the siege of a religious compound in Waco Texas. Two years later, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City is bombed. 168 people die, including 19 children in a day care facility.
April 20th (1999) Two students go on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School, leaving 13 dead, and over 20 injured. The same date in 2010 marked the Deepwater Horizon explosion, killing 11, making it the worst oil spill in US history.

Forget about the Ides of March. Maybe we should be worried about the Ides of April.
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    You couldn't pay me enough to work in that realm. I turned off TV awhile ago for some peace. I still keep current, but not stressed.
    2712 days ago
    This is exactly why I do not watch the news or read the paper.

    I am just forever grateful that my son & the rest of the fife & drum corps he belongs to were already on their bus back to Michigan and were not performing at the Boston Marathon. They were in the area for the weekend festivities for Patriot's Day.
    2712 days ago
    Wow, that's amazing. It has been a discouraging and depressing week in many ways, and yet also an incredible one, as stories of heroism and justice being served have also hit the news.
    Yesterday I went to see the movie, Olympus Has Fallen. Great movie, but I felt as though I was watching this weeks news!
    2715 days ago
    and don't forget Caesar and the Ides of March oops that was last month nevermind
    2715 days ago
    Dear DogStarDaddy,

    I'm sorry you had to deal with so much awful news this week. It must be the hardest part of your job. At least you were able to show that it could be worse (?). In the meantime, I hope things get better workwise!

    2716 days ago
    2716 days ago
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