Hey, is there any good news around?
Apparently not much, using Saturday morning’s edition of a newspaper, largest in its state, as an example of something to kick off the weekend with perhaps some indigestion along with morning coffee and a muffin, notes Grumpy Editor.
Most stories seem to originate from law enforcement agencies.
Front page gets right into it with one of three long pieces devoted to a local man “accused of trafficking teenager.”
Among other items in the opening pages: Mental evaluation for Fresno suspect; Prosecutors file charges in genital mutilation case; Man kills 2, injures 1 before shot dead at office; More than 100 men accused of seeking sex from minors; record homicides reached since 2011 cartel clashes; Violence leaves dozen dead in Venezuelan capital area; Stabbing suspect believed cartel was after him; Parking lot shooting injures one, arrest made; Blood-covered nude man hospitalized, critical; Officers, drivers injured in crash amid traffic stop; Victim of rollover crash identified; Teen, city settle lawsuit over molestation by cop.
Any good news in the edition?
Well, sort of. On the religion page, top story is on “Taking steps to combat hatred.”
Ads contribute to gloom and doom, too. A quarter page security screens pitch, for example, carries the headline, “Protect your home, protect your family.” Included is an illustration of a masked bad guy in black garb ready to swing a baseball bat.
Other newspapers --- and broadcast outlets --- also go heavy on crime these days.
Whatever happened to coverage of Boy Scouts helping little old ladies?
Well, there’s always the weather forecast --- unless rain is predicted.
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