‘Nightline’ Daily Line, March 14: JonBenet’s Father Speaks, Japan Rumbles

By ABC News

Mar 14, 2012 7:29am

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Japan felt the earth move under its feet early this morning, and JonBenet Ramsey’s father speaks about his past regrets.

7:49 p.m. ET: Speaking of the Knicks — “Nightline” senior producer Jon Meyersohn, who is at the game tonight in New York, sent us this photo of the team’s first game without coach Mike D’Antoni. Instead Mike Woodson is filling in.

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Credit: Jon Meyersohn

5:44 p.m. ET: The Center for Constitutional Rights filed suit today against Scott Lively, an evangelical pastor from Springfield, Mass.

Read the full story HERE.

It’s a new development on a story “Nightline” first covered back in 2010, when we traveled to Uganda to investigate a pending law, dubbed the “Kill the Gays” bill, which had ignited a firestorm of criticism in the United States.

When it was introduced in the Ugandan legislature, the bill demanded severe punishment, including death, for anyone discovered to be gay — even children. Lively had gone to Uganda and met with policymakers there months before the bill was introduced.

 

Lively did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

5:09 p.m. ET: Oh how the shiny have tarnished. Just two weeks after crowning NBA basketball sensation Jeremy Lin the greatest Cinderella sports story in recent history, the New York Knicks are in disarray. The team has suffered several losses, the coach quit and star forward Carmelo Anthony seems frustrated, Forbes reports.

To refresh your memory, here’s ABC’s John Berman’s piece about (Lin)sanity in the heat of the hype:

 

3:52 p.m. ET: ABC’s Juju Chang interviewed the Fresh Beat Band for an upcoming “Nightline” segment. The Fresh Beat Band is on tour right now, selling out shows to the 2-5-year-old demographic. It’s like Beatlemania for kindergartners. We ‘ll take you back stage with the band and meet their fans.

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Credit: ABC News/Brandon Baur

3:34 p.m. ET  The Hollywood Reporter seems to like the 5th season of Mad Men – their review here –Our Behind the scenes look is on tonight – produced by Victoria Thompson, who got her hands on Don Draper’s Clio award!

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3:20 p.m. ET  Of course, the inevitable Goldman parodies are popping up, including our favorite–Darth Vader’s resignation

2:29 p.m. ET: Here’s Greg Smith’s Op-Ed

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1:04 p.m. ET:  Boondoogle of the day: Chris Connelly and Victoria Thompson’s trip to the set of Mad Men.  Show creator Matthew Weiner gave Chris an exclusive tour of the offices of Sterling-Cooper

10:14 a.m. ET: Amanda Knox and her former bo, will they or won’t they reunite? “Nightline” producer Nikki Battiste  notes that  Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, the man with whom she spent four years in an Italian prison on murder charges, could see each other in Seattle as early as this week.

7:39 a.m. ET: John Ramsey, the father of slain 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey, talks with ABC’s Juju Chang about how he regrets letting his daughter do beauty pageants and that he thinks her unsolved case is “pretty dead.” Ramsey’s interview airs TONIGHT on “Nightline,” but here’s a preview of what’s to come:

 

PHOTOS: JonBenet Ramsey: Never-Before-Seen Pictures

 

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Credit: Courtesy John Ramsey

 

5:56 a.m. ET: A pair of big earthquakes, one a magnitude 6.8 and the other 6.1,  struck off the coast of Japan, just days after the country, still in mourning, recognized the one year anniversary of the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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