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Becoming A Crime Editor: An Education

“Press conference starts in five,” my coworker shouts over the din to the rest of my team. A police chief is about to take to a podium to talk about the boy who’s just shot five students, killing one of them and himself in the process. While the press conference is happening, Twitter starts exploding with news that a high profile case about a missing girl has come to an end because her remains have been found. Half a minute later, there’s alerts that three officers have been shot in California. Some might call this a stressful day. My team calls it Friday.

At the beginning of this year, I concluded my very first year as a crime (and weird news!) editor. I won’t lie to you, I’m not nearly as impressive as my teammates. My job is primarily social media based and my coverage of crime news is wholly useless without them. Many members of my team are reporters who find comfort in the chaos down at crime scenes or in the thick tension of a court room. Others are editors with the uncanny ability to go to most any length to get to the truth of a story. I never intended to work in crime news, certainly not for lack of interest, but rather an egregious lack of awareness.

When I started last January, I was like most people my age when it came to crime news. I knew the big stories – the Amanda Knoxs, Ariel Castros, and the BTKs of the world. But, as is true with most things, you never realize what you’re not seeing until you’re in the thick of it. I had never realized exactly how much of the world’s evil and general insanity that I had shielded myself from until I was all but consumed by it. Every single day I found – and still find – myself talking and reading about murder, rape, school shootings, missing persons, and more than you could ever possibly imagine that falls within and beyond those boundaries. It wasn’t until recently that I had that moment where I said to myself, “Have I really been that oblivious to this all along?”

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‘The League,’ Season 6, Episode 1 Recap: Sitting Shiva

It’s time to break out the Three Penis wine and put on your Ed Hardy T-shirt because “The League” is back! If you’ve never seen the show, do yourself a favor and steal someone’s Netflix password so you can binge-watch Seasons 1-5. It’s roughly twenty hours of television and, no, you don’t need to know a damn thing about football or fantasy football.

MOVING ON.

When we left the gang last season, Jenny won Shiva Bowl much to the dismay of Kevin, who took home the title of Sacko Bowl loser. Naturally, coming in dead last has Kevin reeling and we ring in episode one of this season inside his nightmare. In typical “League”-like fashion, an absurd amount of NFL players make cameos: Carlos Hyde, Mike Evans, Ryan Shazier, Stephon Tuitt all appear (to name a few). It seems Kevin’s taking part in the NFL Combine for incoming rookies and is failing miserably at keeping up. Kevin assures Mike Evans that he’s a sleeper who then assures him that “nobody sleeps that deep.” Preach, Mike Evans, preach.

After wetting the bed, Kevin wakes up and the Sacktual abuse continues with Jenny handing out customized calendars complete with a photo of herself holding her trophy to the dudes. Kevin’s bitterness is palpable and I want to hug him while simultaneously high-fiving Jenny because she’s a badass.

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Stop Trash-Talking Oysters

It’s National Oyster Day! Yay! In light of the holiday, I give you this piece I wrote about the bad rep oysters get:

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Okay, I’m just going to come right out and say that I love oysters.

I’m a frequent eater of the seafood and it pains me to say this but I’ve come across far too many oyster haters. While I totally and completely understand those that dislike the critter because of its texture (I will admit, it’s weird), I don’t understand how people who have NEVER EVEN TRIED OYSTERS can come out and say they don’t like them. That’s like saying you hate Beyonce and you’ve never listened to a single one of her songs. At the very least, if you’re going to form an opinion on oysters, please just take a taste of them so your thoughts actually hold water.

Now, for the people who tried them “forever ago” and “just don’t like them.” I get this. I was a picky child growing up. I went through bizarre food phases and refused specific items because I had preconceived notions that they were bad. I forced myself to gag on slices of raw tomatoes because I was convinced they were “gross.” Now, tomatoes are one of my favorite foods. Go figure. As someone who has experienced massive taste bud changes in her own life, I can confidently say that if you tried oysters years ago, you may like them now. Don’t let oysters become your tomatoes. You’ll look back and think of the time you didn’t eat them as “lost years.”

There’s also waaaaaaay too many “oyster myths” out there. I don’t want to say that I personally blame these myths for tainting the reputation of my beloved bivalves — but I do. Just for some clarification:

1) Just because oysters are $1 doesn’t mean they are “not good” or “bad quality.”

Bars and restaurants alike run oyster specials, often in conjunction with happy hour, all the time. For some reason, people have gotten the notion that they must be rancid or that the joint that’s selling them is just trying to make a quick buck by scamming you with old seafood. This is not true. Some oysters are cheaper to harvest than others meaning they get to you, the eater, at a cheaper price.

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2) The “only-eat-oysters-during-months-that-contain-the-letter-R” rule is antiquated.

The oysters are bigger, meatier, and more flavorful during “R” months — there’s no dispute there. But if you want to take down a dozen in the middle of May, don’t fret because you certainly can and should. The oysters won’t be as big in warmer months but they are just as regulated in the spring and summer as they are in the winter and fall. You can happily and healthily eat oysters all year long.

3) There are a TON of other ways to eat oysters that don’t involve them being raw.

This is dedicated to all those people who think they hate oysters. Have you tried¬†Oysters Rockefeller? What about an oyster po’boy? OR HOW ABOUT OYSTER BORDELAISE?! I’m willing to bet you like cheese, fried foods, and/or garlic. I’ll just get to the point: you’re welcome.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I’m not trying to convert you to a crazy oyster fiend like myself. I just want you to carefully consider your words before you make an attack on one of my seafaring delights. At the end of all of this, you may just want to let the world be your oyster but I’m going to let the oyster be my world.

 

This piece was originally published on The Huffington Post.