Raymond: “…And that is why you shouldn’t try and cut a nun off in traffic.”
*Both Laughing, as Ariana faces the Camera center.*
Ariana: “We have some breaking local news, If you picked up one of those Calendars from the recent local promotion you may want to stash it away somewhere, the local news agency, the Asphyxiation Times has been served a legal notice of a civil suit regarding Wrongful Appropriation of images and Violation of Privacy from one of those who appeared in the pages. The Times and specifically their Editor have not yet commented on this lawsuit, and at this time we do not have permission to release the name of the person bringing the suit…”
Raymond: *Chiming in* “If only because we don’t want to be the next news agency served…” *He chuckles, but it’s obvious that may actually be a real worry right now from the forced tone.*
Ariana: “Later on this hour our legal correspondent Mary-Ann Ratering will share her preliminary thoughts on the impending proceedings. But first we have Wilbert Woods with the weekend weather. What have you got for us Wil?”
*Camera cuts to Wilbert standing in front of his display screen. As with the past couple of days it’s actually showing the background graphic with temperatures and weather conditions for Fridaythrough Wednesday.*
Wilbert: “Well Ari, the past week has kind of spoiled us with warmer temperatures despite the rain, this weekend is looking to get back to reminding us it’s winter. Today, We have mostly sunny skies, with a high of Thirty seven, despite the sun the temperatures will keep falling all through the day dropping rapidly after sundown to a low of about Six degrees. With the constant wind it’ll feel into the negatives with wind chill. Saturday, we start off in the single digits, have lots of sunshine, but it doesn’t really warm much getting up to the upper teens, and then staying there on into the nighttime hours. Though thankfully the wind backs off so it won’t feel nearly as bitterly cold.”
*He clears his throat as the background graphic slips to show the beginning of the next week, again no chicanery like normally accompanies his weather forecast.*
Wilbert: “Sunday and Monday shows scattered clouds and sun with the temperatures keeping in that low twenties to single digits at night. The winds remain light and variable. Tuesday the temperature gets back up into the low Thirties as we get cloud cover rolling back in, which should lead into scattered showers Tuesday evening and overnight, leading to a steady downpour on Wednesday morning with the temperatures rising up into the lower forties for those. Those rain showers only stick around in the morning and should clear out in the early evening though, but the temperature should remain just above freezing afterwards.”
*The background graphic shows the map of the bay area with the lines of the radar and the clouds off-shore drifting away*
Wilbert: “As you can see on Live Cobra radar, those rain clouds are heading on out, and we can’t yet see the ones due to arrive on here yet, but it does allow for a cold weekend, but one that should dry out enough for you to get some of those projects done you might have been holding off on because of the wet weather. That’s your local weather for AP Sixty-Eight.“
*The camera cuts back to Raymond and Ariana at the desk*
Raymond: “Thanks Wil. And now we have Dean Knopinski with a special report on the after holiday sale going on now at Good-Time Grannie's Jams and Jellies Shop on Doe Isle. We hear Ol Granny has quite a Jalapeno of a Spicy Jam she's started making this year."
*The camera splits showing Raymond on one side, and a bouncing Camera of the Cameraman following Dean as he runs around the wet yard waving his arms and yelling, while a kind looking elderly lady wearing overalls (Who seems to have a slightly wicked smirk when she's not expecting to be on camera) standing nearby with no audio but seeming to try and talk him down.*
Dean Knopinski: "~BLEEEEEP~ WHY!? ~BLEEEP~ TASTE LIKE ~BLEEEEP~ BURNING ~BLEEEEP~!!"
*Raymond clears his throat and motions for them to cut back to him*
Raymond: "It seems there's some technical difficulties...we'll et back to that. And now with that Special early look at all things Legal, Mary-Ann Ratering Independent Legal Correspondent for Channel Sixty Eight. Mary-Ann."
*The Camera cuts to an office with a woman who if she were a bit younger might be considered striking, but with the hint of silver in her hair strikes more of a Severe posture. Kind of like that one teacher you never wanted to get in school cross-bred with a vulture. She doesn't so much sit behind the desk as seems to perch there with fingers steepled in front of her*
Mary-Ann: "Thank you Raymond..And a pleasure to finally be back on the News. if I had known lawsuits would get me involved I'd have sued you a while ago."
*She smiles and there's humor there but that kind that sort of sends a shiver along one's skin as if what she finds humerus other people would find disturbing*
Raymond: ~Voiceover~ "yes..>Quite...Anyway...What can you tell us about this Legal suit against the Times. "
Mary-Ann: "Ah yes...Naturally there's little to go on as the Pleadings were filed with the court and the Summons delivered just recently. They haven't even Had an official answer, counter or cross-claim proposed yet. And at this time there hasn't even been a discussion on precisely when such will be presented let along a Conference for presenting motions which may mean this all may not even go to trial. But from what we do understand is that there is a disagreement about permission for the use of the Plaintiff's photographs in the promotional calendar recently published."
Raymond: ~Voice~ "In your experience, what validity is there to these kinds of suits?"
*The hawkish woman grins her eyes sparkling a bit, she looks damned evil when she's amused*
Mary-Ann: "Validity...such a big word I'm proud of you Raymond dear. In most cases there is no validity. Thirty percent of lawsuits like this are made as a cry for attention, Sixty percent are issued as a attempt to get money from a settlement with the business, only ten percent are ever actually due to a genuine concern or have any validity behind them at all. In most cases during the initial conference if the plaintiff doesn't have a strong case the defense will simply move to dismiss and oftentimes a judge will agree since it's a waste of time to address such without firm evidence. in this case, however, there may be a different factor depending on whether or not the paper has actually benefited from the publication of the calendar."
*She shrugs and settles back in her chair with a light smile*
Mary-Ann: "naturally I have my own strategy for dealing with such kinds of cases, without the usual company throwing money at a troublemaker and making them go away nonsense. And it will be interesting to see which strategy the Times' legal team chooses to go with. Do feel free to let me know as things develop if you wish to place a bet or guess which strategy I'd use Raymond dear."
*The camera goes back to the studio with Raymond and Ariana sitting again...both a little disturbed...it's a little obvious why they don't often interview that correspondent.*
Ariana: "Th...Thank you Mary-Ann. Coming up next, Kaylynn Garcia and Tammi Bean report from the Intercontinental Rice pudding festival. and Jeannie Webb has a special report on Road Snowboarding and the communities that want to make it illegal. All that and more on Local AP Action Sixty-Eight News, after these words from our sponsors. "