August 6, 2009

Oh no! Vehicle, not guns, killed swans

I was checking a link on when I learned no gun was involved in the death of the swans in the Ann Arbor region. In fact, "the agency originally suspected gunshot wounds based on the conservation officer's visual inspection of the carcasses at the site Saturday morning."

All the Tweets for nothing. Especially the tweet that called the story "breaking." Really. Three dead swans qualified as breaking news to someone staffing the Twitter account.

There were six stories/postings about the swans on, a tease (see photo) on page one on the print edition delivered on Sunday. There was a slideshow and a $5,000 reward even.

Fortunately, the site usually does better.


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