NICOLE SMITH TO BE BURIED NEAR SON IN BAHAMAS
This Associated Press story is about Circuit Court Judge Larry Seidlin's final decision on who gets the body of Anna Nicole Smith. Smith, 39, died February 8 from undetermined circumstances. The fight for Smith's body then ensued between Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur who wanted Smith buried in Texas and Smith's friend, Haward K Stern who wanted Nicole buried in the Bahamas near her son. I think the use of the words estranged and boyfriend was intrusive in nature. just say mother and friend.
Although a very emotional story, this AP reporter did an excellent job giving us all the important information in an inverted pyramid format before giving readers the chronolgy of events leading to the court final decision. Also, the reporter provided every needed attribution and quote which helped to keep him out of the story.
The last information though, "Smith married Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II in 1994 when he was 89 and she was 26 and she had been fighting his family over his estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995.", seems to give one the feeling that there could be foul play in her death.
Giving that the couses of Smith's death is yet be determined, In my mind, I don't see the newsworthiness of this information even if it bought at the end of the story.
Read this story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070222/ap_on_en_tv/anna_nicole_smith;_ylt=AlYSoiWXDOqFl4lOWx1BZK.s0NUE
The same AP story at www.canada.com took a different and very interesting angle. The economic impact of Smiith's burial in the Bahamas. The AP reporter's creative mind here must be commended. This human interest piece looked into the lpreparation Smith for her burial. For the first time readers are told that even the five-month old daughter of Smith already has a place to be buried. Readers also told the cost, and who are buried at this cemetery.
The story said that so far, the only interesting person buried at Lakeview right now was Smith's son, Daniel but there have been a bit of tourists asking where he was buried.
"If Anna Nicole is buried at the same cemetery, organizers of Nassau sightseeing tours would likely present Lakeview as an attraction," said Rosco Welch, secretary of the Bahamas Taxi Cab Union.
Read this story at http://www.canada.com/topics/entertainment/story.html?id=d23b2aba-e14f-4869-bca7-421e8616d23b&k=11144