Sunday, February 14, 2010

Going to the dogs - Find 2010 Westminster on TV

(At right, WKC photo, "Stump" gets the 2009 Best In Show Trophy. Stump's formal name is "Ch Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee," a Sussex Spaniel " )

When the show is on
For local journalists with the assignment to see if there is a local dog in the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Feb. 15-16, or for others who may want a break from watching two-legged competitors and wish to tune into the four-legged furry ones, or for anyone with any reason, TV coverage is a bit scattered this year. Westminster's Web site offers this guidance:

USA Network and CNBC will be home to The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show presented by Pedigree®, for the 27th consecutive year in 2010. USA Network and CNBC airs exclusive live coverage from Madison Square Garden on Monday, February 15, and USA Network airs exclusive live coverage on Tuesday, February 16.


Monday, February 15
Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups
8-9 p.m. (ET) live on USA Network
9-11 p.m. (ET) live on CNBC

Tuesday, February 16
Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups, Best In Show
8-11 p.m. (ET) live on USA Network

Breed judging highlight videos are available throughout the day on Monday and Tuesday on the Westminster Web site. These highlights will be available after the show, as well.

To our West Coast viewers: Please note that the West Coast telecast is delayed for your time zone. Since results are posted to our Web site as they occur live, if you want to enjoy the drama of the moment, please avoid the Westminster Web site after 5 p.m. Pacific Time on each evening.

Other details:
A New York Times article about the money spent on promoting dogs gave us paws [good story but wrongly said WKC is on 'Animal Planet']. Read it here.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pratt Jobs saved -- for now

A couple of updates from Hartford:

Pratt & Whitney
Regarding our blog below about our five favorite business stories carrying froward from 2009 to 2010, the Hartford Courant reports that a federal judge on Feb. 5 forbade Pratt & Whitney from closing its Cheshire factory and a smaller East Hartford unit before December 2010 as planned. Comcast's NECN (at left) said machinists workers continued to celebrate Saturday.

(Scroll down to see our original post.)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Cabela's vs. Bass Pro

We hope you appreciate like we did the juxtapositions of these two stories.

One is from The Buffalo News, where writer Donn Esmonde worries about the gamble Buffalo is taking on subsidizing a Bass Pro Shop for a largely taxpayer-funded Waterfront development.

The other is from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where writer Tom Daykin says not only did a taxpayer-subsidized Cabela's not pay off as promised, a Bass Pro Shop that's coming may make the promise of riches from Cabela's even tougher to get.

We know: different places, different cases. Still, is Milwaukee a lesson for Buffalo?

Your comments are welcome on whether these or other types of subsidies are worthy.