Episode 3.1 – The Early 90’s

OMG kids. We had a real celebrity guest in today – NAITSA president Geoff Tate came and joined the show. Also, Lauren J. from such show’s as “The Scene” hung out for the first 30 minutes. It was epic. You can listen to the podcast here. And you better. Because, like we just said it’s fricken epic.

There wasn’t a lot of news discussed, but if you want to know about the racial implications [or lack thereof] of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, this is definitely the show to catch. On a slightly more serious note, here a few news tidbits from Edmonton over the past week.

-It may not sound like a big deal, but the urban design team has finally been chosen for Edmonton’s new downtown plan. The focus of the plan is to create a fun, pedestrian-friendly downtown core for Edmonton. The NAIT LRT line will factor heavily into design considerations. The Capital City Downtown Plan should be ready to go to city council by summer.

Patrick Clayton, the man accused of holding up the Workers ’ Compensation Board building last fall, has been denied bail. Clayton took nine hostages last October 21st in a standoff that lasted ten hours, ultimately ending peacefully. He will be back in court February 3rd to enter a plea for each of the charges against him, which include nine counts of unlawful confinement.

In American political news, the Republicans won a Senate by-election in Massachusetts. This almost surely adds another vote against healthcare reform in the United States. The Massachusetts seat was held by the late Ted Kennedy, a leading voice for public healthcare in the United States. Massachusetts has not elected a Republican to this Senate seat since 1972.

The Olympic torch passed through the Rocky Mountains and into beautiful British Columbia. At the border, former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed passed the Olympic flame on to Wally Buono, head coach and general manager of the BC Lions football club. With two weeks until the 2010 Winter Olympics, the torch’s record setting journey is almost over, ending with its arrival at the opening ceremonies on February 12th in B.C. Place Stadium.

Eckville, Alberta native Melissa Hollingsworth won the overall World Cup skeleton title for the second time in her career. Hollingsworth won her first World Cup back in the 2005-06 season, en route to winning bronze at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics. Hollingsworth is looking forward to improving on this finish in the Vancouver 2010 Games.

For the first time in their history, the Edmonton Rush lacrosse team has more wins than losses. They beat the Buffalo Bandits 11 – 7 on Saturday night, leaving them with an early season record of 2-1.

Catch us next week, with more “special” guests, 5 PM, Monday, on NR92 just click the “listen live” link.

[Insert ridiculous sign-of slogan of your choice],

Katharine H. Geoff, Lauren & Mike [by proxy]

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