BSR morning update | Fri. Feb. 26, 2009

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From the Franklin Hall Newsroom, I’m Lauren Miller with your news for Friday February 26th, and here’s what’s happening…

A Singaporean-flagged chemical tanker was finally freed from Somali pirates this morning. A ransom was delivered by parachute in a waterproof container. This is a common way for multimillion dollar ransoms to be delivered. The crew of the tanker was safe. Details have not been released about the tanker that was under seize back in January. The European Naval force expects to see a spike of pirate activities in the coming weeks because spring weather makes attacks easier to launch. The European Naval force also expects to see more attacks about 600 to 1,000 miles off the coast of Somali.

Here’s BSR’s Steven Webster for your national news

Thanks, Lauren .A SeaWorld trainer in Orlando was killed Wednesday when the killer whale she was working with grabbed her by her ponytail and dragged her underwater. Dawn Brancheau was standing in knee-deep water performing with the whale when the incident happened. The killer whale, Tilikum, has been involved with two other deaths since 1991.

And now for your entertainment report, we go back to BSR’s Lauren Miller.

In entertainment news…

The 41st annual NAACP Image Awards premiers tonight. Stars like Jamie Foxx, Sandra Bullock and Morgan Freeman are set to celebrate the diversity of arts. These awards are given out for outstanding achievements in film, television, music and literature. Tyler Perry will receive the Chairman’s Award and Wyclef Jean will receive the Vanguard Award for increasing awareness of social and racial issues. See who wins best film as “This Is It,” “The Blind Side,” “Precious,” “Invictus” and “The Princess and the Frog” duke it out for the title.

A winter storm warning is in effect until ten tonight. Expect between six to fifteen inches of snow by tonight, with the temperature holding steady at around twenty four degrees.

And with the BSR concert calender, we go back to Lauren Miller.

From the BSR concert calendar, Martina McBride and Trace Adkins perform tonight at the Wolstein center. The show is 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $65. Also, Saosin will be performing at the Grog Shop in Cleveland 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are only $12.

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I’m Lauren Miller and that’s your news in a nutshell.