You Be The Editor
Time for another edition of You Be The Editor, the fast and furious game in which readers choose which of several possible stories your columnist will pursue. Here are three stories that are bubbling up toward the top of the Precarious Pile of Potential Pieces. Vote below to select the one you believe has the most potential to be revealing, meaningful and enticing and I will abide by your choice, get to work on reporting the story, and come back with some sort of result either here on the big blog or in the column as soon as the story pans out.
Pick story A, B, C or D and in your comment below, please explain why you prefer that story:
A. High-ranking military official, miffed that personnel on his base were going about their business rather than honoring the flag each day at Reveille and Retreat, orders even civilian workers to stop their cars, get out and stand at attention at those two moments each day.
B. Suburban man nabbed by detectives when he showed up to meet a "13-year-old girl" he had met online argues that it's misleading and wrong for police to use photos of adult women as come-ons in their sting operations--and some psychologists support the man's view, saying that men caught in such stings had every expectation that they were dealing with an adult who was playing the role of a child and that therefore these are cases of consensual, if unusual, adult relationships and not of child sex abuse.
C. The sad state of the National Mall had actually improved in a small but encouraging way of late, as organic gardeners took over a chunk of the Mall's law and showed that it could be made green once more. But that experiment ended in disaster when some of the large entities that hold events on the Mall destroyed the newly revived turf.
D. Will $4 and $5 gas finally make the return of streetcars in the District and northern Virginia a happening thing?
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