Lately, I have been reading my hometown paper online. This should not be a development of any sort, except for the fact that even while I lived there, I had never read this publication. I read the real papers, the ones they sold at Starbucks, the LA Times & NY Times. I started reading this paper for 2 reasons: (1) the school down the street from my parents house is closing and the school board is causing riots (in T.O., this is more of a spirited debate amongst moms dressed in J.Crew) to erupt in my neighborhood; and (2) daily weather to depress myself even further. Also, it throws my parents off when I talk about things going on that they don't even know yet, which is amusing.
Their reporting style is like the prompt you are given for a research project, the basic what and where, who sometimes, but even that can be questionable. You are forced to go digging for your own news which is why most of the area does not read this paper. But it being local, it does cover things that the big boys don't. Like this.
The supermarket down the street was robbed. Or, more precisely, there was an attempted robbery at the bank inside the store which was foiled by an unidentified off duty officer. This, in my opinion seems newsworthy. For one, Thousand Oaks is known for being one of the safest cities out there (except for that random meat cleaver hacking, I can't really recall ever hearing about actual violence occurring, although someone did break into my parents car last week, and by break in, I mean walk up to the door my parents left open, not unlocked, open, and take the owners manual). Also, the article talks of them casing the bank. If these numbnuts knew what they were doing, they would have just robbed the Starbucks in the store, not the bank. That bank does very little in day to day transactions; the Starbucks, however, is busier than the actual Starbucks next store to the market (yes, there is a Starbucks next to a Starbucks, across the parking lot from a Coffee Bean) with lines all day long, that is where the cash lies within easy access in the register, not in a locked safe. Further, there is the issue of this off duty officer from an unidentified agency. I have some reliable inside information from an individual who was buying dog treats at the time that this was an ICE officer. So obviously, this leads the reliable insider to call me and ask WTF ICE is doing in T.O. b/c of course my just finishing an immigration law class qualifies me to be an authority why ICE is in certain areas (which, in my opinion, it really does). I think this is the real meat of this reporters story and they are totally missing it. The T.O. police are totally covering for ICE! Also, why did he have his weapon on him. Thousand Oaks is not longer a Western/Korean War set. You do not need a firearm to go grocery shopping; this is not Florida. So ICE is conducting some covert operations, and no one is reporting on this. This makes me sad.