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Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Bee Might Feel The Sting Of ABQ Trib Closure

I missed this one a couple weeks ago when I posted a collection of links to blog posts regarding the likely closure of The Albuquerque Tribune ...

It sounds as though Albuquerque's Regional Spelling Bee might become collateral damage, a sad situation indeed, not just for the community, but for the company that owns The Trib, The E.W. Scripps Company.

This was in the latest post on the regional bee:
The Trib is sending letters out this week concerning the regional bee. Basically, we're saying what we know now: The Trib will close if no buyer is found. We've heard rumors that we're going to be shut down any time from Sept. 30 to Jan. 1.

Scripps is sponsor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. [The Bee celebrated its 80th year in 2007 (there was no Bee during World War II years 1943, 1944, and 1945). Its history is detailed in a Wikipedia entry.]

Check this out: A list of champions and their winning words that goes back to 1925. Click here.

— TJ Sullivan in LA
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is yet another sad biproduct of the Albuquerque situation.

I have covered four Scripps National Spelling Bees, including the famous fainting incident -- and astounding comeback -- a few years ago.

Somebody must save the regional spelling bee. Mr. Lang, step up!

-- M.E.

Saturday, September 22, 2007 1:03:00 PM PDT  

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