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Q&A: Duo left the air after shakeup at WFTS-Ch. 28

Neither Stump nor his owner got any cash for the pooch’s Best In Show win at the 133rd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

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Neither Stump nor his owner got any cash for the pooch’s Best In Show win at the 133rd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

WFTS duo caught in shakeup

We would like to know what happened to Ch. 28's Walt Maciborski and Linda Gialanella? We enjoyed both on the evening news but don't see them anymore.

Eric Deggans, the Times’ TV/media critic, had the answers on his newsy blog, blogs.tampabay.com/media.

In October, WFTS-Ch. 28 shuffled its on-air forecasting team, moving Wayne Shattuck from mornings to evenings on weekends. That pushed weekend forecaster Gialanella to fill-in work, appearances on the station's digital weather channel and online. Feb. 24 was her last day at the station.

In January, 5:30 p.m. anchor Maciborski's tenure at WFTS ended. The station cited changes in formats, and Maciborski called himself "a casualty of the economy, timing and ambition." He's looking for work closer to his family in California.

50th still worth a greeting

Do you know if the White House Greetings Office still sends greetings for 50th wedding anniversaries? I tried to find out on the whitehouse.gov Web site but couldn't find out how to go about it. Can you please help?

Yes, the White House sends greetings to couples celebrating 50 years of marriage. The requirements? U.S. citizenship, advance notice of at least six weeks, name of the couple, date of anniversary, address, the name of person making the request and a daytime phone number.

You can make the request by mail by including that information in a letter to:

The White House

Attn: Greetings Office

Washington, D.C. 20502-0039

You can also make the request by fax, (202) 395-1232. At this time, no e-mail requests are being processed, though that is expected to change soon.

Dogs' world includes few riches

What monetary awards do winners at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show get?

None. Most dog shows do not offer monetary awards. Winners often are retired after the show and can command tremendous fees for breeding.

The Westminster Kennel Club offers a silver-plated trophy for best in show; sterling silver medallions for best of breed; and antique-finished medallions for best of opposite sex in each breed or variety of breed.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship offers the only sizable monetary awards — more than $225,000 in total awards. This invitation-only show is in December.

'K-Ville' had a short life

Will K-Ville be coming back?

No. The series ended its single season in 2008. Co-star Anthony Anderson has moved on to Law & Order.

Q&A: Duo left the air after shakeup at WFTS-Ch. 28 03/09/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 9, 2009 4:14pm]
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