Next time take the train

Missing Grandmother
News Item: “A family is fuming mad after a Southwest Airlines employee parked a wheelchair-using grandmother for 11 hours at an airport, having apparently forgotten her. . . .”
And wait until the airline hits them with it $75 grandmother recovery fee.

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And she liked to dance the polka, too

Judy Baar Topinka
News Headline: “Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka dies at 70.”
QT was writing a series of items on accordions in 1998 when a call came in.
It was Judy Baar Topinka, then the state treasurer.
She wanted QT to know that the Illinois state budget was the equivalent of 83,111,111 accordions.
On a number of levels, public servants did not come better than Judy Baar Topinka.

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A theft too far

Stolen Bridge
+ Dan Skowron, a Romeoville, Ill., reader, regarding the  news story of a stolen 5,000 pound bridge recovered by police, which, QT concluded, happened after detectives checked with local fences, writes:
“Was this reported on C-SPAN?”
+ W.S., an Evanston, Ill., reader, writes:
“Enough about the infrastructure. You need to curb your enthusiasm.”
+ M.R., a Nashville, Tenn., reader, writes:
“I understand one of the detectives almost botched the bridge investigation. So he’s under suspension.”
Stop it.
Stop it now.

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If it feels good, print it

Rolling Stone
Sabrina Rubin Erderly, reporter of a Rolling Stone story that failed to verify a number of details regarding sexual assaults at the University of Virginia, on her approach to the news:
“My tendency is to believe people, My default mode is you are probably telling the truth.”
Kids, go get grandpa and ask him what it was like when the default mode of reporters was “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”

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