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As most of you know, Guido Wever, age 19, was arrested in Holland last week in connection with Natalee Holloway's disappearance. He has been released. Here is a small news item: He is related to a frequent guest on our show — Arlene Ellis-Schipper. I was told they are cousins, but I don't know if that is first, second, etc. Cousins... and yes, Aruba is a small place.
Yes, many TV sets in the NY bureau were tuned to our corporate cousin last night to watch "American Idol." We have TV monitors all over the newsroom so you might look at a row of TV's and see FNC side by side with FOX Broadcasting. Good thing we have two eyes: one for FNC and the other for "American Idol." Of course I am really lucky… our show started after "American Idol" ended. It was a bit close however, I was sitting in the studio and had audio from "Hannity & Colmes" feeding into my ear via my earpiece and I had a TV monitor on mute trying to see who won. I have not been watching "American Idol" all year but, beginning about three weeks ago, caught the fever. Meeting Ace Young also fueled my interest.
This Friday at 10 p.m. we are airing a special — assuming no breaking news — on the Natalee Holloway investigation. It has dragged on more than a year with many twists and turns and we are determined to follow this story until the end. All of us, including Natalee's parents, would like to see it end (which means facts about what really did happen).
We are also working on a special for you on Sunday at 10 p.m. — assuming no breaking news. Here is a hint: It involves Jack Hanna and some of his strange friends… and yes, if I could have my dream, I would work at Animal Planet.
And here is a quiz for you: How do you know you are tired? Here is a partial answer from me: On the road on Thursday, one of my producers went to get our maroon rental car. A silver car pulls up and I get in — with a stranger! I sit there for a second wondering why we are not moving. I looked over, saw the driver, I apologized... and got out. He must have thought I was an idiot. Later, another in our traveling troupe did almost the same thing... she approached the wrong car but I yelled out to her. So...what's your story? E-mail me.
Now for some e-mails:
E-mail No. 1
Your legal panel was unanimous in laughing at the Durham DA, and as a North Carolinian, I’m embarrassed to say I agree with them. But, no one has yet mentioned the grand jury which indicted the players. Why do they get a free pass?
E-mail No. 2
You have NO IDEA what Nifong has on team Duke. It's so obvious you have been bought. You are a media whore.
E-mail No. 3
Could the DA of Durham, N.C., perchance have been trained in Aruba?
Kitty Hawk, NC
E-mail No. 4
You know there are other ways of dealing with the problems with Lewis (the cat) instead of putting him to sleep. Having him declawed and pulling his teeth are a couple of ways then he couldn't scratch or bite anyone. I have always loved animals and yes there are a lot of people that intentionally provoke animals and just do stupid things. I have worked with animals for years, a lot of them with behavior problems and most of the time is from the lack of knowledge on humans parts of not knowing how to respond to animals. The owner should keep him in the house anyway and not let him be roaming the neighborhood that is a danger in itself to Lewis, there is no way I ever let any of my animals out of my sight. I have 7 dogs, 1 handicapped, 2 rabbits, 2 horses, 8 Huge koi fish, not to mention having to take care of my mother-in-law's 2 dogs, 17 goldfish, and 3 tropical fish. They are taken care of properly so there is no excuse that it can't be done. People need to take more responsibility when it comes to having animals if their going to have them they need to make that lifetime commitment of taking care of them and seeing after their well being. If Lewis is escaping then he is not being watched properly just as with missing children. People need to be made to take an IQ test before being allowed to reproduce children or have animals in their care. Then maybe some of the child abuse and missing children cases would be lowered dramatically. Nobody wants to watch after their children this day and time most kids are roaming the neighborhoods at 5 years of age or younger. It is no wonder so many are abducted and killed, same with animals. That is why I don't let any of my animals out of my sight it would drive me crazy thinking one may be out roaming around and maybe get poisoned or run over by a vehicle. It is just not safe. Because I would really hurt someone over any of my animals — they are like my children. But there is always an alternative to the death penalty, same thing with pit bulls. Why kill so many when they say, oh they can't be rehabilitated; then declaw them and pull their teeth and put them on soft food for the rest of their life. What can they do if they have no teeth and claws. Well a pit bull may fuss and growl and maybe gum you or possibly knock someone down but that is it no mauling or bad scratching involved. These dogs are like this anyway because of the stupid humans that own them and taught them this behavior either intentionally or through not knowing how to handle an animal. So why should the innocent animal be punished for what man has done.
Maggie Tucker, "Standing up for the animals who's voice cannot be heard."
E-mail No. 5
Am resident of Mountain Brook, AL, and haven't missed your program since Natalee missing.
Still want to know what you think about, and why we can't get a deep-water search done for Natalee and probably the fish trap and knife. It was on schedule and then stopped by Aruba's excuse for police. If the young lady is gone, this seems the most logical location for her remains. Why not prove she is or is not there. If not, maybe a search needs to be made in other countries for a live Natalee. What are we doing?? Assuming she's not there because police won't permit us to look. Come on, Greta!! My years as an investigator taught me to assume nothing. Check everything!!!
I realize that Beth and Dave have tried to turn over every stone, but this may have slipped. I feel that if it were my daughter, I'd find the equipment and an operator and roam that deep water in the middle of the night. It's probably international waters.
Thanks for listening,
Mountain Brook, AL
You may remember the segment we did on Lewis, the cat... if you missed our show last night, here is an update from the AP:
Woman Seeks Probation for Her Cat
Tuesday, May 23 (AP) — Lewis the cat, whose alleged attacks have landed his owner in legal trouble, will learn his fate in court next month. Ruth Cisero, the cat's owner, was in court Tuesday on a charge of second-degree reckless endangerment. A hearing was set for June 20 to determine whether she could get special probation and have her cat's life spared.
Cisero recently withdrew her bid for special probation and opted for trial because she would have had to allow Lewis to be euthanized.
"She's on pins and needles," said Eugene Riccio, attorney for Cisero and Lewis. "The animal is important to her. It's a member of her family."
Neighbors say they have been terrorized by Lewis, saying the cat's long claws and stealth have allowed the cat to attack at least a half-dozen people and ambush the Avon lady as she was getting out of her car. One woman that Lewis attacked on Feb. 20 has said in a letter to prosecutors she would only agree to probation for Cisero if the cat were put to death.
A few animal-rights protesters showed up Tuesday wearing T-shirts in support of Cisero and Lewis.
"They want to kill a cat for a scratch," said Marisa Sampieri of Fairfield, one of the cat's supporters. "These people have to get a life."
Janet Kettman, one of the neighbors, said Monday she was attacked twice by Lewis. In the second attack last December, Kettman said Lewis bit her three times and left about eight deep scratches.
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