Yesterday I was reminded why I enjoy working as a newspaper reporter.
A call came into the newsroom from a woman asking the editor if he would be willing to send someone to take a picture of a snowman her family built.
It wasn’t just any snowman, she told the editor, and it was 15 feet tall. I was sent because our photographer was busy.
The house is in Lorain, in a part of town known for crime. A woman once called in and told me she had been keeping a log of all the arson cases and drug activity on her block.
A stack of 24 brand-new 2013 Cleveland yellow pages were delivered to my apartment building and I was the only person to open the package to take one.
After three days they are still sitting in the lobby untouched besides the one I took.
Apparently our search engine world no longer has use for an informational guide of local businesses and people.
An American prisoner of war in Afghanistan turned 27 last month.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho went missing in 2009 and has since been declared a POW.
He was 23-years-old at the time of his disappearance and his story has gone largely unnoticed.
Yesterday USA Today ran a bold headline on the front page:
As I sit here, trying to make sense of the bombings in Boston, I find myself thinking of the post 911 world and the pre-911 world.
It’s hard to internalize all of it.
The video shows various people engaged in acts of random kindness.
It starts with a man chasing away teenagers who are spray-painting a wall and a kid getting pushed to the floor of a school hallway by a bully, all while another kid watches.
The kid watching helps the bullied kid off the floor by extending a helping hand. Then it shows a chain of people engaged in helping strangers and the effects of paying it forward.
By then end all the people in the video come together to cover up the graffiti on the wall the kids were spray-painting in the beginning.