Friday, February 03, 2006

The Little Paper That Could

I'll confess that until this week I'd never heard of the weekly Express newspaper covering communities north of Tucson, Arizona. But on Wednesday the Express proved once again that small newspapers can do important investigative journalism. "It's on the Town" by Ryan J. Stanton shows how government officials in Marana, population 23,000, are using their town-issued credit cards to pay for cable TV hookups, expensive dinners, tuxedo rentals and Christmas gifts at taxpayer expense. It's a wonderfully detailed investigation that gives town officials plenty of space to tell their side of the story.
Thanks to Brian Summers for the tip.


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