Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Star, Sun gems

Two stories, two different newspapers, two reasons why we never take the print media in Toronto for granted.

(1) The Toronto Star's front page follow-up to the July discovery of a mummified baby in a Toronto house. Kudos to Francine Kopun for finding and interviewing Rita Rich, 92, who was 10 and living in the house when the baby's body was hidden. It is a Toronto Sun story if there ever was one. Where is Max Haines when you need him? There is still time for the Sun to do this story justice, with a ceremony for Baby Kintyre scheduled for Oct. 12.

(2) The Toronto Sun's Alan Parker pleasantly surprised us with an entertaining two-page feature story about Adrian Shine, the "Guardian of the loch." Al is a newsroom management type, much like Mike Strobel was before he discovered his new calling as an offbeat columnist. His report from the banks of Loch Ness is a fresh approach to the decades-old story and what a smooth and easy read. Nessie was a favourite with Sunday Sun readers for years. Welcome back Nessie. And Al, we didn't know you had it in you.

Excellent reads.

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