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The next to make public his departure is Doug Fox, who came to the station a quarter of a century ago and helped make it one of the most respected in the country. His exodus is still a year away, though, as he plans to retire when his contract expires at the end of 2001. "Unless something unforeseen comes up," Fox says, "I'll be heading to our place in Estes Park [Colorado]." Fox says his leaving is just part of "the natural evolution of a news department."
Others aren't too sure, saying talent is leaving because it's not appreciated anymore. "You can't blame them, considering the management in place now," says a Channel 8 source. "Entertainment is valued above everything. I mean, I doubt if anyone in management could tell you who the mayor was here before Ron Kirk."
Casey says she and some Internet buddies, possibly joined by a group of computer hobbyists, will converge outside the Channel 8 and Morning News offices hauling at least 80 CueCats in pet carriers. (They're the worthless, Belo-backed bar-code scanners that computer users can attach to their computers to use as paperweights.) The group will threaten to murder the plastic cats unless Belo agrees to be more responsive to non-Republicans.
Casey says the group collected the devices from friends and various Radio Shacks, which gives them away. How did they get Radio Shack to give away so many? By providing the stores various names, including Amy, Laura, and Cindy "Belo."
--Compiled from staff reports by Patrick Williams