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August 31, 2007
News flash! It's still hot


On this coming Labor Day weekend, let's pause a moment to pay tribute to local TV news reporters who've been subjected to inhumane conditions by being sent out all day on weather stories that basically say this and only this: "Gee, it sure is hot out."

Poor Leticia Ordaz (pictured) at Channel 3 was sent to Modesto on Wednesday night and West Sacramento last night to talk to people who basically all confirmed that, hey, it's hot. She finally lost it on Thursday night's late news, spraying the camera with a mist bottle.

Ordaz did find one yahoo interesting person, a Modesto dude with no AC in his home who spent the night in his car with the engine running(!). The guy's quote: "It's hard with the price of gas, but you've got to stay cool some way."

The most ironic report came Thursday night when News10 sent Cornell Barnard to Lathrop, where there had been a 15-hour power outage. Barnard, in a live stand-up, intoned: "Yeah, Dale, this neighborhood is finally cooling off tonight. Power restored just a short ti--"

Then the screen went to black for three seconds, before News10 switched to Barnard's prerecorded package. The signal was restored by the end of the report, after which anchor Dale Schornack quipped: "And that was a pretty effective demonstration of what a rolling blackout looks like, in case any of us forgot. Thanks."

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