The mystery of Fire Station 16 has been solved, but does the punishment fit the crime? Forty-six-year-old firefighter Samuel Locastro Jr. was demoted from lieutenant to driver after admitting that he was responsible for hanging pictures of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and genocidal maniac Adolf Hitler next to a photograph of Memphis mayor A C Wharton. Memphis Fire Fighters Association president Larry Andrews defended Locastro's behavior, calling it a joke and suggesting that the loss of income constituted excessive punishment for a 24-year department veteran with a spotless record. Perhaps in exchange for having his rank restored, Locastro would agree to having his picture hung in Memphis fire stations between these two guys:
Considering the plight of America's daily newspapers, one might think that Commercial Appeal editor Chris Peck would devote his "In The Newsroom" columns to actual problems inside the newsroom. But this week Peck tells Memphis museums how to do their job.
"Be nimble. Be quick. Get shows up and ready at a pace that connects with events of the day," Peck writes. As an example, Peck suggests Alex Chilton, "the just-departed" lead singer of the Box Tops and Big Star. "Americans are humming 'Gimme a ticket on an aeroplane,'" Peck noted, encouraging museums not to let Chilton's body get too cold.
Weather or Not
The New York Times reports that the debate over global warming has created tensions between two groups that might be expected to agree on the issue: climate scientists and meteorologists, "especially those who serve as television weather forecasters." Help us, Dave Brown. You're our only hope.