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Friday, December 07, 2007


Well, this has me scratching my head. On an apparently slow news day in Bloomington Illinois the headline read:

Ex-Twin City woman almost went to store in Omaha shooting

You know that's got to be a must-read. Anyway, the story begins...

OMAHA, Neb. -- If Wednesday had been typical, former Twin City resident Sally Elliott probably would have been shopping at the Von Maur where a gunman killed nine people, including himself, and wounded five others.

Von Maur in Westroads Mall at Omaha, Neb., is her favorite store, and she can be found there most Wednesdays for markdown day.

Knowing she came so close to being there when the shooting happened made her angry and uncomfortable, she said. And at least for now, it has made her hesitant to go back.

“Von Maur is honestly the only store I ever go to — it always has everything I want,” she said, adding “I don’t know if I’ll go next week.”

One wonder why she won't go next week. Does she think it's likely that a gunman will be there again? And as if it's not enough that they subject their readers to pointless articles like this, the woman isn't even a resident of the area. It boggles the mind.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm glad someone outside of Bloomington-Normal noticed this. "Hometown journalism" at its absolute worst. The Pantagraph took quite a pounding for the article, and then it turned downright tragic when it was announced that one of the victims attended school here at Illinois State University.