What a newspaper can still do well

Shame TPTB into action. At least in Los Angeles:

“Villaraigosa signed off on the $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the killing of Agapito Gaspar Nicolas on the same day that an article in The Times examined how little attention the media, police and politicians have given Nicolas’ case compared with a similar hit-and-run that killed a USC student the same day.”


“In contrast to the Nicolas case, Los Angeles Police Department officials and politicians acted quickly and aggressively to solve the case of Adrianna Bachan, an 18-year-old student at USC who was killed the same day as Nicolas. Within days, the council and mayor had approved a $75,000 reward — a total that grew to $235,000 with money from an anonymous donor, the university and the county Board of Supervisors. The LAPD assigned 20 detectives and officers to the case in order to deal with the hundreds of tips generated by intensive coverage of the investigation by local television stations and newspapers. Police arrested the woman suspected of driving the car that killed Bachan less than five days after the crash.

“Meanwhile, a single detective is working to find the driver who killed Nicolas.”
Reward finally approved in unsolved L.A. hit-and-run case, by Joel Rubin, LA Times, May 4, 2009

Good for you, LA Times.

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