I know a couple of good news stories today that I want to share with you. The first is that despite our concerns that protesting against evil in society sometimes does little good, the outcry of the American public blocked O. J.’s TV special, and his outrageous books are being destroyed. YES!
Murdoch blocks O.J.’s multimedia comeback
By Paul J. Gough and Nellie Andreeva
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – After a firestorm of criticism, News Corp. has scrapped its plan to release a controversial O.J. Simpson book and television special, with chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch taking the extraordinary step of personally apologizing for the pain it might have caused the families of the victims of 1994 double murder.
“I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project,” Murdoch said in a statement Monday. “We are sorry for any pain this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown-Simpson.”
“If I Did It,” the book in which the former football star “hypothetically” discusses how he would have committed the murders if he had done them, was to be published November 30 by ReganBooks, an imprint of News Corp.-owned HarperCollins Publishers. The publication was to have been promoted with a two-part, two-hour interview of Simpson by ReganBooks publisher Judith Regan. It had been scheduled to air on News Corp.’s Fox Broadcasting Co. over two nights, November 27 and 29, the final night of the November sweep.
Brown-Simpson, Simpson’s ex-wife, was slain along with her friend Goldman on June 12, 1994, at her home in Los Angeles. Simpson was tried and acquitted of their murders in 1995 but was later found liable for their deaths in a civil court and ordered to pay $33.5 million to the victims’ families.
In light of Murdoch’s decision, the copies of the book that already have been printed will be destroyed, a News Corp. spokesman said. Regan’s interview with Simpson will not air on Fox, the spokesman added.
My second point of good news is here:
Ex-Drug User Finds Ring of Salvation
Press-Enterprise November 20, 2006
Sam Valdez knows what it’s like to be a Salvation Army bell ringer.
Valdez, of San Bernardino, spent several weeks in 1997 outside stores, greeting holiday shoppers and seeking donations for the needy. Valdez recalled he was not very good at it.
But the experience helped Valdez, a former methamphetamine maker, in his effort to shake 15 years of drug abuse.
Read the rest of this uplifting story here.
God is yet in the heavens. Our world is still beautiful, and each of our lives is touched by grace and mercy.
8:25 am EDIT FOR MORE GOOD NEWS
Gentry (8) and Chloe (11) came home with us from San Diego on Sunday afternoon. This morning, as I was mixing up cornbread for the Thanksgiving dressing, Jerry came in the kitchen, pulled a pan from the cupboard and began taking breakfast orders from the youngsters…whipped up a pot of oatmeal for him and Gentry and pulled down the box of Raisin Bran for Chloe…set Gentry to making toast.
“I never saw Pappy cook before,” Chloe said. “Have you, Granny?”
“Well, yes, I’ve seen him cook a time or two, but I believe this is the first time he ever cooked for the grandkids.”
As I said before, this is a day full of happy reports. 🙂