It seemed like every section of today’s paper had a story that grabbed me and surprised me and told me something about the world I didn’t know before.Brian Chasnoff wrote about unregulated dog breeders selling sick puppies to unsuspecting buyers.Ariel Barkhurst checked the background of a funeral home administrator who was accused of leaving behind a body in a shed when he relocated his business. Barkhurst discovered the administrator had a criminal history and was unlicensed.John MacCormack told the human side of an immigrant who disappeared during the hot, dangerous trek into the United States.
Abe Levy dug up property records and wrote about a $300,000 “cabin” being built for the Catholic Diocese’s archbishop and priests. And Robert Crowe covered a breaking news story about a small explosion at a CPS Energy power plant, which will result in higher costs for consumers in the middle of summer.
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I”ve always thought one of the problems facing newspapers is that they have to go to press every day — even when there’s no engrossing stories to tell. There have been times when I “read” a paper in minutes because nothing grabbed me. Nothing made me think, “Wow, I didn’t know that.”
It sure was a pleasure to sit down with a steaming cup of coffee this morning and simply get lost in some compelling stories.