GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS

May 1st, 2006

There's good news and bad news:

The bad news is they picked Rosie O'Donnell, and not me, as Meredith Viera's replacement on THE VIEW.

I know. You would think after a moving letter like mine, they'd have been banging down my door to get me to come co-host their show. But I guess it was not to be.

In more television-related bad news, the show based on my book series, 1-800-Where-R-U, called MISSING on the Lifetime network, has been cancelled.

But don't fret! There's good news, too—at least for readers who liked my book AVALON HIGH and are asking for a sequel:

The first manga I am doing in conjunction with Tokyopop and HarperCollins will be—
A sequel to AVALON HIGH !

Sadly, there is still more bad news—at least for fans of baby chicks in Key West:


(AP)

Chicken Roundup to Begin:

BY TIMOTHY O'HARA
Citizen Staff, Key West Citizen

KEY WEST — The City Commission approved a resolution Tuesday that would remove free-roaming chickens from city streets and parks, and private property upon request.

Chickens can be kept if they are placed in cages.

Commissioner Bill Verge proposed the ordinance, because he sees chickens as a potential host for diseases such as avian influenza, E. coli and salmonella. Commissioner Mark Rossi also supported a reduction in the chicken population because of concerns about avian flu.

Key West Chicken Store owner Katha Sheehan and other local residents wore chicken store attire and spoke in favor of keeping the chickens. Some even brought baby chickens to the meeting. They said Verge's plan stems from hysteria about bird flu.

Commissioners Harry Bethel and Jose Menendez spoke about the chickens' rich history in the city. Bethel talked about how some people were awakened each morning with blocks of ice and containers of milk on their door step and chickens running around their yards.

“The roosters are part of the character,” Menendez said. “I am here to defend the chickens.”

The commission took out language in the resolution that mentioned removing the chickens “immediately” by “aggressive action.”

Verge also wants to partner with Monroe County and federal government agencies to have the chickens removed from all their properties in the city limits. The city of Key West will host a seminar on bird flu next week.

City officials estimate the chicken population in Key West to be more than 3,000.

The city embarked on a program to reduce the number of chickens on the island two years ago. The city abandoned the project and fired chicken catcher Armando Parra when he didn't capture enough chickens. People were freeing them from his traps and destroying his equipment. The city told people the trapped chickens were taken to a farm to live out their lives.

Verge proposes to catch the chickens with a net. Verge's proposal does not spell out where the chickens will be taken after the roundup.

If you have ever had a rooster decide to perch in the gumbo-limbo tree in your front yard and crow ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT long, the above might actually be good news.

Not that I want them to KILL the chickens. Just keep the roosters out of my trees. Because it is hard to sleep with all that cock-a-doodle-dooing going on 24/7.

If only they could just stay sweet adorable baby chicks forever, and never grow into loud frat boys–I mean, roosters.

However, then we would have no eggs for delicious cheese omelets.

The world is a very complex place, and I'm not just talking about chickens.

More later.

Much love,

Meg