A friend's betrayal

Jamey Singleton’s tortured career as a weatherman at WSLS Channel 10 in Roanoke is over, killed by an act of vengeance by someone he thought was a friend.

For the 28-year-old Singleton, who battled heroin addiction and the near-fatal drug overdose of his friend Marc Lamarre, another meteorologist fired by Channel 10, the firing Thursday over a nude photo of him published on the Internet is the latest bizarre twist in a troubled life.

He says he doesn’t blame Channel 10 for their actions.

Singing the 'got no picture, my Tivo is down, will someone send me a new DVR' blues

It took two tries but DirecTV finally managed to send me a new digital video recorder that works. Ten days after our HD Tivo melted down (20 minutes into election night returns) we’re back in business with a working high-def DVR for the plasma flat screen in our living room.

Wasn’t easy getting there. The Tivo went into convulsions election night, displaying a message that a “severe programming error” had occurred and saying it was attempting “to repair itself,” which is technobabble for “I’m downloading patches from Tivo central to see if I can reboot.”