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Snow Days

“It’s time to share the spotlight, Midwest,” writes Jonathan Glover in yesterday’s Spokesman-Review. “Frigid temperatures, heavy snow and biting winds are coming to the Inland Northwest.”

What do do this weekend, then? Why, pour yourself a nice single malt (or whip up an Irish coffee), cozy on up to the fireplace, and head over to CNN for some investigative reporting that will blow your mind. Here’s how Part 1 – “The Circus Singer and the Godfather of Soul” – begins:

Two years ago, I got a phone call from a woman who sang in the circus. She said she could prove that James Brown had been murdered. I met her on a hot day near Chicago, where the big top was rising and the elephants were munching hay. The singer’s name was Jacquelyn Hollander. She was 61 years old. She lived in a motor home with two cats and a Chihuahua named Pickles. She had long blond hair and a pack of Marlboros. She said she was not crazy, nor was she lying, and she hoped I would write her story, because it might save her life.

Or maybe it would get her killed.… 

I mean, how could you not want to read this?

And points to CNN for creating a really well-done multi-media experience: In addition to some compelling writing, there are scads of photos, audio and video clips, and links to some 50 supporting documents. Sixteen people contributed to the production, and it shows.



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