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The End of a Difficult Week

by Joe Donlon

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Posted on April 20, 2007 at 4:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

This week brought another unfortunate event, that will stay with all of us - for a long time. The mood in our afternoon editorial meeting - probably relects the mood of many of you -- we're all emotionally drained. The shootings at Virginia Tech have had a tremendous impact across the nation, including Oregon. We will continue to follow some of the ongoing memorials tonight on Newschannel 8.

The Night Team will be stopping by another memorial, as well. This one, is for Anna Sviderski. She's the 16 year old girl - who was stabbed to death one year ago tonight, as she worked her shift at a Vancouver McDonalds. We'll also update the court case against her attacker, who has plead 'not guilty' by reason of insanity.

There are other stories in the mix, as well.. including a medical scare involving two deaths in the Northwest -- both apparently connected to naturopathic injections for back pain.

The events of this week, have brought out many of your voices. The Virginia Tech shooting touched a lot of nerves, especially with the release of the video -- sent by the killer to NBC. Frankly, I was quite impressed with all the thoughtful posts on our webpage about that decision. Know that we have similar - sometimes heated discussions about our content - almost daily.

People were understandably upset about the focus being on the 'killer' - and not the victims. I get that -- but the video was UNDENIABLY part of the story. For those who disagree, there is probably no way I can change your mind -- but that's the way it is. It would have been journalistically negligent for the media to sit on that tape.

Our job is to inform -- and in this case, hopefully educate people about what happened, and why -- so this doesn't happen again. We owe it to all the bright young minds, who met such a horrible and untimely death this week in Virginia.

We hope to see you for our broadcasts at 10 and 11.