Proof yet again that I should never take a day off: My voice mail included a weekend message about an ''American Idol'' contestant being born in Akron -- something that had not been in the information Fox sent out about the top 24. My boss received a similar phone call. I checked it with Fox this morning.
Yes, indeed, ladies and gentlemen, Heather Cox -- currently from Jonesville, N.C. -- was born in Akron.
Although I am a faithful ''Idol'' watcher under most circumstances, expect a closer look because of this development, here and in the Beacon Journal. I've learned that the family left Akron when Heather was just 9 months old, that still makes her local.
The oddsmakers' analysis I posted here before have her at 22-1, but that puts her in the upper tier of contenders.
I have talked to a family friend and to Heather's mother, and will have a story in tomorrow's Beacon Journal about her. I also expect to be blogging at some point about tonight's show. Update: I will blog about tonight's show sometime tomorrow.