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Article: Reporters covering Edwards trial enjoying Greensboro

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Grasshoppers game at NewBridge Bank Park –  May 8, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Since late April, reporters from across the country have been in Greensboro covering the John Edwards Trial.

Now that we’re likely only days, if not hours, away from a verdict, many reporters are finding ways to stay busy in Greensboro.

In a New York Times article posted on Tuesday, Kim Severson writes about how reporters have become big Grasshoppers fans over the past few weeks.

“Ten dollars buys the best seat in the house, which provides a good view of Miss Babe Ruth and Master Yogi Berra, two black Labrador retrievers who have been trained to grab the bats after every hit and bring them back to the dugout,” Severson wrote.

Severson even talked the advertising gimmicks that are part of the nightly entertainment at NewBridge Bank Park.

“At Friday night’s game against the Lakewood Blue Claws from Florida (the ‘Hoppers won, 4-1), a local exterminator paid a man to dress in a giant foam cockroach suit. A child from the crowd was handed an over sized fly swatter and encouraged to beat the cockroach until he fell onto the field,” Severson wrote.

Many reporters have also toured the International Civil Rights Center and Museum while in Greensboro.

Severson wrote that local interest in the trial has been “muted, except for some law students and a handful of dedicated court-watchers who have made themselves regulars.”

Morgan Roundtree, 28, a waitress at a hotel in downtown, told Severson she’s over the trial.

“The more this goes on, the worse it is,” said Roundtree. “I just don’t care anymore.”

Read the entire article: New York Times


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