Wednesday morning briefing: Idol news, book talk and a baseball legend

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing.

Idol news

Angie Brewer of Clovis is one proud mother.

She tells us her son, Dominic Yanez of Austin, Texas, is one of four folks to win the

“American Idol” competition in that city.

Yanez, a singer, advances to the show’s finals in Hollywood.

Here’s a link: http://www.americanidol.com/search/?q=dominic+yanez

Fast facts

The Clovis Fire Department was founded Aug. 9, 1909.

Question of the day

What’s your favorite TV commercial and why?

Turn up the volume by joining in on the conversation in our comment section below.

Book talk

Youth ages 9-18 who want to participate in Portales Public Library book discussions can borrow the selected books now at the library.

Nine- to 12-year-olds can pick up copies of “Sea of Monsters” by Rick Riordan for the Feb. 16 discussion.

Thirteen- to 18-year-olds can borrow “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll for the Feb. 17 discussion.

Information: 356-3940

Today in history

On this day in 1971, pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In August of that year, Paige, a pitching legend known for his fastball, showmanship and the longevity of his playing career, which spanned five decades, was inducted.

Joe DiMaggio once called Paige “the best and fastest pitcher I’ve ever faced.”

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/satchel-paige-nominated-to-baseball-hall-of-fame

Weather

Today — Partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Highs 15 to 25. North winds 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight — Partly cloudy. Lows zero to 10.