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Coyote Concerns!

Summary: A story about a local coyote "invasion" that will leave you howling. Station: KDKA Channel 2 Reporter: Mary Robb Jackson When It Aired: Dec. 21

Running Time: 2 minutes, 28 seconds Visuals: * The "wilds" of Upper St. Clair. * A digital photo of a "coyote" taken by a witness. Highlights: * When anchor Stacy Smith reveals, "There are now concerns this evening about coyotes that have been spotted in the area." * When anchor Patrice King Brown says, "An icon of the Old West has found a home on the range in Upper St. Clair." Smith adds, "And neighbors are concerned for their young children and pets." * When Jackson waxes romantically, "The Navajos called them 'God's dogs,'" and then adds, "Coyotes have become the second-largest predator here in Pennsylvania." * When she notes, "The Game Commission believes that they arrived here in the 1930s. And if you've heard any yowls and yips at dusk or into the night, you too, may have a new neighbor." My human neighbors do that; what's one more voice? * The beginning of the canned portion of Jackson's pabulum: "'Get along little doggie' isn't often a phrase heard here in the wilds of Upper St. Clair." * When a woman identified as having a "critter problem" relays, "It just comes up and down the side yard. It goes back and forth." * When Jackson continues, "But after [this family's] garbage cans kept being knocked over and what they thought was a German shepherd made repeated appearances on their property, they called their animal-control officer." * When the woman's husband says, "The fellow that came out by our description said that he thought it was a coyote." * When a seasoned taxidermist comments, "They're pretty much everywhere." * When a still shot of a "stuffed" coyote is shown and Jackson explains, "This coyote was killed in Troy Hill. This one in O'Hara. If you know what to look for, they may be migrating to a neighborhood near you." So if you don't know what to look for, they may not be migrating to a neighborhood near you? What We Learned: Lock up your children and your grandmothers, the coyotes are coming! Unanswered Question: So ... what do you do if you encounter one? News Value: 3. For one, the concerns didn't just arise this evening. And where are the people concerned about their children being eaten alive?

Smokey Gets in Your Eyes

Summary: One of several stories on awarding the Pittsburgh casino slots license to Don Barden and PITG Gaming. Station: WPXI Channel 11 Reporter: Becky Thompson, "Live" in Harrisburg When It Aired: Dec. 20 Running Time: 1 minute, 50 seconds Visuals: * A 3-D rotating image of the "Majestic Star" casino planned for the North Shore. Highlights: * When Thompson remarks, after a clip of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board making the unexpected announcement, "And now Pittsburgh will soon have a casino on its North Shore." * When Thompson notes, "Today's decision couldn't have come at a better time for Barden: Today's his birthday." * When Thompson reports, "Barden is a Detroiter, owner of five casinos now. His partners in this project early on were Jerome Bettis' parents. ... Barden had other partners, among them Smokey Robinson. But Smokey wasn't crying any tears of a clown today." What We Learned: This is only the beginning of the Smokey Robinson puns. Unanswered Question: Should we all sing "Happy Birthday?" News Value: 3. Eh, so-so coverage for a warmer-upper song-and-dance.

"Desk Rage"

Summary: The name of a new affliction has been coined for office workers. Station: WPXI Channel 11 Reporter: David Johnson When It Aired: Dec. 20 Running Time: 54 seconds Visuals: * A red-toned graphic (obviously to depict the "heat" of anger) of a man clenching his teeth. * Interviews with workers who feel they've gotten the short end of the stick. Highlights: * When Johnson asks, "You've heard of 'road rage'; what about 'desk rage,' though? Being stressed out at work, being on edge, could be blamed for destructive behavior stemming from burn-out or frustration." * When Johnson elaborates, "Desk rage isn't just obvious aggression, like screaming or kicking the copy machine, though you may have seen that at work where you are. It can lead to poor productivity, abuse of sick days, stealing supplies, irritability, depression. Often desk rage stems from stress." * When a psychologist proffers, "People come to work very angry to begin with, and when they get to work, they're sitting at their desk and it's just the slightest little thing that would set them off." * When Johnson sneaks in an ad-lib: "Get over it." What We Learned: Why, even though I criticize some of Johnson's work, I still think he's a groovy guy. Unanswered Question: How many more maladies and societal ills must we give names to? News Value: 1. If you're coming to work angry, maybe you shouldn't come to work at all.

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