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Sick puppies, a missing body and other gripping stories

goodreadsIt 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.

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  • 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.
  • 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.