Wednesday, April 25, 2007

"The Bishop" case changes editor's day

An editor knows his or her day will not be going as planned when the publisher rings your cell phone and asks, "Are you watching CNN?"

That was how my day at the Telegraph Herald began. Publisher Jim Normandin, out of town on business, called from his hotel room, where he saw Dubuque, Iowa, on national cable news.

A Dubuque man, John Tomkins, was arrested by federal authorities in connection with a series of threats and explosive devices sent through the mail. The suspect even had a nickname, "The Bishop."

Postal inspectors and agents of the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms conducting searches in your community is not an everyday occurrence.

Though we didn't get the head start afforded the national media -- was it just coincidence that these out-of-town media organizations were in Dubuque before the raid? -- our team has worked hard to put together a comprehensive report -- on an ongoing basis for the Web and in preparation for Thursday morning's print edition.

I wonder what tomorrow's news will bring.

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