Archive for July 3rd, 2014

On Benton

She is one of the best I have ever dealt with. I am talking about Mary Benton from Channel 2. She will be leaving her job next week. Here is from the Chron:

KPRC-Channel 2 reporter Mary Benton said on Wednesday she will leave the station to take a position in media relations and public affairs with an undisclosed company.

Benton, who has worked for Channel 2 since 1994, said her final day with the station will be July 11. She grew up in Harlingen and worked at stations in Waco and Austin before coming to Houston.

She declined to discuss her new job because her hiring has not been announced yet by her new employer.

Benton said it “was the right decision at the right time for a number of reasons” to leave TV news.

“It’s been a fascinating ride to be on television in a large market like Houston, to have the opportunity to meet people from all walks and have them trust you with information and their stories. I’m going to miss that,” she said.

“I’ve always wanted to be a reporter. I wanted to tell stories and get it right, and I tried to be a voice in our news meetings for people and topics that were often overlooked.”

I enjoyed working with Mary. I am honored that from time to time she would call me and ask for my take on stories. I will miss her and wish her the best on her new gig! Way to go Mary!

Name the former ‘Stro who played with us in 1998 and from 2000-2001 and during those three seasons hit 95 dingers and had 346 RBIs?

If the GOP is going to blame The President for stuff then they have to blame him for the current job numbers – don’t you think? Check the latest jobs report from Politico:

The stronger than expected jobs report released on Thursday will likely calm fears about the strength of the economic recovery and bolster Democrats’ arguments that hiring is on the up swing in advance of the mid-term elections.

The economy added 288,000 jobs in June while the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Analysts had expected job growth of about 215,000, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists.

The unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since September 2008, when the financial crisis hit full stride following the failure of Lehman Brothers.


The state of the economy is a major them for this year’s mid-term elections with Republicans hammering President Barack Obama and Democrats for the sluggish recovery. But the strength of Thursday’s report, as well as the recent hiring trends, will give Democrats ammunition to fight back arguing the economy is healing despite House Republicans efforts to block the president’s proposals.

You know the GOP has to hate the latest jobs numbers and of course they will do their best to spin it away from The President.

This is from the they don’t need to do that department. I am talking about MLB announcing yesterday that All Star Game players will be wearing special lids and not their regular season lids. Why? As a fan I want to see Yankees wearing their well-known lid. They really don’t need the money from the sale of these new lids, do they?

Moises Alou of course hit 95 dingers and had 346 RBIs from 1998-2001. He missed out on 1999 because of an injury. Moises is celebrating his 48th BD today!

Of the next 16 ‘Stros games, 13 are on the road. The Red Sox are in town for three next weekend. We also have the All Star break after the Red Sox series. The two roadies will take us to LA, Arlington, Chicago, and Oakland. We now have the second lousiest record in MLB.

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