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The text messages that made my Monday - 01/13/14

You never know when something is going to happen that could spark something pretty awesome.  That's an over-simplified way of saying it, but it's true.

Take, for example, this morning when I was added to a group text thread - by mistake.  I scrolled through 90-some txt messages.  I NEVER have that many text messages!  I read through them all and realized they were teenagers.  I contemplated whether to respond.  The last text message said "did anyone ever say who the 417 was?"  Well, that was me.  So I responded, "Hey, this is Jennifer Waddell from Fox17.  Good morning!!  PS love the cow pic!"  By the way, the cow pic was of a girl who works at Chik-fil-A and it cracked me up.

Well that sparked a whole conversation with a group of high-schoolers.  Come to find out, they are part of the news crew at Mt. Juliet High School.  What are the odds?  We ended up putting this whole interaction in the newscast as a "talker".  They got to watch it live from their classroom and now I'm planning a visit to their class to talk about journalism.  I've attached a photo the students sent me from their own green screen.  How cool is that?

This was one of the most random, fun and inspiring mornings that all started with a message that wasn't even meant for me. 

Thought for the day:  If you get the wrong message how will you respond?


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NEW YORK (AP) -- It looks good enough to eat. A new art exhibit in the Big Apple takes a bite out of food. "The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet" has works from 30 artists. The exhibit is divided into seven themes: water, soil, seed, farm, market, meal and waste. Guest co-curator Robin Kahn says they hope visitors will "look at food in a new way that's more beneficial not only to them but to the Earth." The multimedia exhibition opened last week at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan.


SEATTLE (AP) -- The law of supply and demand is going to be studied -- when it comes to pot. A new group at the University of Washington law school will look at markets for marijuana. The yearlong study will help inform the state as it prepares to combine the medical and recreational marijuana markets. The project will try to estimate the demand for legalized weed.


HELSINKI (AP) -- They were the good guys. Police in Sweden were called about a group of suspicious, bearded men with a black flag in the ruins of a castle. Authorities feared they could be Islamic State sympathizers. But these guys were a bunch of do-gooders. John Ekeblad is a co-founder of the Swedish chapter of the Bearded Villains. He says the so-called villains promote equality and do charity work. Ekeblad says the incident was "hilarious," and police drove off laughing.


DENVER (AP) -- It's the feds versus the makers of kombucha. That's a fermented tea that has moved from the natural foods aisle to the mainstream. Federal authorities say the brewers of the tea need to relabel their product to reflect it can contain alcohol. But the tea makers say it's a natural byproduct of the fermentation process. Makers of the tea are asking for new federal tests. They say the alcohol level is so low, many fruits have a similar content from natural fermentation.

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