Monday, September 03, 2007
As of Friday, August 31, there were 420 missing items, including a substantial number of electronic devices and wallets, all stored in a locked area. People even turn in wads of cash to the Care & Assistance Center. If you have lost something, contact them. (651.642.2202) You have up to 30 days to make your claim. After that, valuable items are donated to worthy causes.
Susan Warren of the Wall Street Journal wrote about competitive horticulture, the plant division dedicated to "Who can grow the biggest: pumpkin, squash, etc."She covers the special seeds, experiments in fertilizer, hand-pollination, etc. Did you know the huge pumpkin vines are 25 feet across at the base? The goal is to raise a one-ton pumpkin! Fascinating reading.
In both instances, the reporters selected a topic, gathered key facts, and interviewed key people about a story and let the story emerge versus the current punditry approach to journalism, the one that selects facts to support a "reporter's" preconceived idea. These stories are good examples of real reporting. They are fascinating, informative, well-written and give the reader the opportunity to learn something new and make their own decision.