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Once again, suicide plays out in the news

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Nuts & Bolts: A discussion of how things work in the news business

In one of these columns some months ago, we explained why the suicide of a local woman was not mentioned — outside of a simple obituary — in this newspaper.

In contrast, last week a case of suicide was splashed prominently across the top of the front page of our June 1 edition.

Why the difference?

The suicide of J.T. Woods was big news for a number of reasons.

Primarily, it was news because Woods was a public figure, a man running for the office of property assessor.


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