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Low Pressure Slowly Organizing

August 14th, 2013 at 8:48 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

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A low pressure area in the northwest Caribbean is gradually getting better organized this evening. Gusty winds and squalls are occuring mainly east of the circulation. The National Hurricane Center now says there is a 70 % chance it will develop by Friday. The system will have to interact with the land areas of the Yucatan before reaching the Gulf. The winds are a bit less favorable for intensification in the southern Gulf. Tropical models suggest the feature could head west towards Mexico, or take a more northerly track. The forecast shows an environment that does not favor rapid intensification.


Broad Low Getting Better Organized

August 14th, 2013 at 3:08 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

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The low pressure area in the northwest Caribbean Sea continues to show signs of organization. The upper environment is somewhat favorable for development and a system could form between now and Thursday. The National Hurricane Center gives the low a 60% chance of developing in the next two days. The low is currently heading northwest at 10-15 mph and should reach the southern Gulf by Friday. If the low organizes, a landfalling system is possible along the northern Gulf Coast – anywhere from Texas to Florida – by Sunday. A trough in the eastern United States will likely pull anything that forms to the north. However, the upper environment is not conducive for rapid strengthening over the Gulf.  Stay tuned as the we get more details today and Thursday. We could see a lot of rain out of this feature if it does indeed head our way. If the system becomes a storm, the name could be Erin or Fernand, depending on the development of the other wave feature in the far Eastern Atlantic off the African coast.


Tropical Wave More Defined

August 13th, 2013 at 9:28 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather

tropics_quickmapA Tropical Wave now in the western Caribbean Sea is heading west-northwest towards the southern Gulf of Mexico. Upper level winds are gradually becoming more favorable for development. The National Hurricane Center is saying the system hgas a 30% probability of development in the next two days, and 40% chance of development by the weekend. Several of the models bring the moisture of the system towards the northen Gulf by the weekend. The upper environemnt is not supportive of a major storm, but the system could organize into a named tropical storm. The next name on the list is “Erin.”


Good luck Marcus!

August 7th, 2013 at 7:57 pm by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized

One of our veteran photojournalists, Marcus Powe, left FOX10 to take a job with the Mobile County Public School system.  We will miss his 20 years of experience, but we know our loss will be the gain of his new students at Leflore!

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Lost messages

July 29th, 2013 at 8:15 pm by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized
Pope Francis answers reporters questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on the journey back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013. Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis asked. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said men with deep-rooted homosexual tendencies should not be priests. Francis was much more conciliatory, saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten. Francis' remarks came Monday during a plane journey back to the Vatican from his first foreign trip in Brazil. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

Pope Francis answers reporters questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on the journey back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013.  Francis’ remarks came Monday during a plane journey back to the Vatican from his first foreign trip in Brazil. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

In an attempt to find a headline for Pope Francis’ news conference aboard his return flight to Rome from Brazil, reporters mangled the message.

I don’t really blame them; I don’t think it was intentional. But I do believe that when dealing with theology, it’s important to understand context and nuance; these were lacking in most of the reports I read.

The reporters traveling with the Pope (or the editors back home) missed what he actually said, and in this age of instant news that ricochets around the world with the speed of Twitter, the misinterpretation wound up spreading like an out of control virus.

Father Jonathan Morris, who is a Fox News contributor, put it this way:

“….unfortunately, if you were reading the headlines from some media outlets, you would have learned just one thing. As the Huffington Post put it: “Breakthrough: Pope OK with Gays.”

This is the worst coverage of a religious story I have seen to date.

Let’s begin with the fact that the pope has always been ‘OK’ with homosexuals. In fact, by the demands of his own religion he is required to be much more than just ‘OK.’ The Christian faith teaches that every person is endowed by God with an inviolable dignity and therefore deserves our unconditional respect and love.

A section of an Associated Press report also got the story very wrong. Summarizing the pope’s comments on homosexuals in the priesthood, the AP reported: ‘Francis was much more conciliatory [than Pope Benedict], saying gay clergymen should be forgiven and their sins forgotten.’

Pope Francis didn’t say that, and the report is wrong on so many levels.

First of all, it suggests that being gay itself, is a sin. What Pope Francis really said, in response to a reporter’s question about homosexual priests who are living a celibate life was this: ‘If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?’

Pope Francis simply and compassionately reiterated Biblical teaching. The Bible and the Catholic Church have never taught that it is a ‘sin’ to be homosexual. They teach it is a sin to have homosexual sex because it goes against the laws of God’s nature, specifically his plan for human sexuality.

When Pope Francis says ‘who am I to judge’ he is saying—and I think we need to hear more of this from religious leaders—that active homosexuals deserve the same kindness, love, and mercy that all of us sinners would hope to receive from God and from others.

We don’t make judgments about anyone’s personal worth—God has already done that when he created us out of love.”

I have always been a proponent of “beat reporting” – employing journalists who specialize in a particular subject. John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter is an excellent example of someone who deeply understands his subject. Rocco Palmo, who writes a blog called Whispers in the Loggia, is another. In the days when networks made extensive use of beat reporters, Winston Burdett of CBS was a master of religious reporting in Rome.

Assigning reporters who know a little bit about a lot of things doesn’t do our industry, or the public, any favors.


Hurricane Preparedness Day in Foley

July 27th, 2013 at 3:04 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather, Uncategorized

We had fun greeting folks at the Hurricane Preparedness Day at the Home Depot in Foley!

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This was Thursday

July 25th, 2013 at 11:28 pm by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized

Snapper Season Extended

May 23rd, 2013 at 5:14 pm by under FOX10 News, Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors

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A Mobile landmark prepares to close

May 22nd, 2013 at 7:52 pm by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized

I confirmed tonight that the Bienville Club in downtown Mobile is preparing to close and take with it, a piece of contemporary Mobile history.

Since it opened in 1967, it was THE site for power lunches, featuring downtown business leaders.  On the rare occasions I went there (always as the guest of a member), there were never any checks presented, just a receipt that the member signed.  The late TV General Manager C.P. Persons had a favorite lunch of boiled, peeled shrimp, and the waiter knew that.   It was a good choice.

The view was, and is, spectacular.  Diners could look south down the Mobile River, north for miles and east to the USS Alabama and beyond.  It was the closest you could get to heaven in Mobile, until the new RSA Tower was completed.

 


HiQ season wraps up

March 12th, 2013 at 3:47 pm by under FOX10 News, Uncategorized
The 2013 Alabama HiQ champions

The 2013 Alabama HiQ champions

Another HiQ academic season is over with Davidson High School victorious.  Click here to see the championship match, thanks to the Mobile County Public School system.

I told the audience who attended the championship at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza that I enjoy being in the company of those who strive to excel, and all the students who compete in HiQ certainly qualify.

I also appreciated the fact that Mobile County’s superintendent, Martha Peek took the time at the end of her day to come to the match, and so did the principals of all 3 schools who competed, Baker, Davidson and McGill-Toolen Catholic.

This was my 25th year asking the questions and over that time, I’ve noticed a distinction between those schools that succeed in HiQ and those who don’t.

All the schools who do well generally fill the auditorium or gym where we have the matches.  Some even invite middle school students to try to recruit prospects.   Those schools that traditionally do poorly usually only invite a few students to attend or even in some cases, do not allow any students to witness the matches.  It’s hard for the students and for me to get pumped up about a competition that takes place in an empty auditorium. (For the record, I have never had a problem with crowd control.  One focused stare toward noisy students is usually all it takes!)

A major reason for the competition is to recognize gifted students as role models.

Here’s my question.  What does it say to students when you fill the auditorium for football signing day, but show no support for academic achievement?

To me, the answer is a sad one.