Wednesday, March 15, 2006

I Guess It All Depends...

...on your definition of "newsworthy".

Buckle up, kids, it's time for this week's pop quiz, which will be taking a look at some of the national news headlines from the last couple of days.

First up, from Trenton, New Jersey (245 miles from Boston):

A group of thugs attempted to rob the owner of a small grocery store at gunpoint. One of the men was armed with a handgun, but any future plans of his were permanently put on hold by the storeowner who opened fire with his gun, killing the armed assailant.

Next, out of Toledo, Ohio (645 miles from Boston):

A homeowner used a shotgun to thwart the home invasion/robbery plans of a scumbag who thought it would be a splendid idea to break into the man's house at 2:30 in the morning for a little income redistribution.

And, in Eureka Springs, North Carolina (655 miles from Boston):

An armed man broke into the home of 23-year-old Crystal Strickland, a pregnant mother of two children.

Luckily for her, she wasn't a resident subject of Mayor Menino's gun-free paradise, the Soviet Republic of Bostonia, and was able to defend herself and her children with her legally owned firearm, killing the intruder in the ensuing exchange of gunfire.

Shame on her, right, Mr. Mayor?

And, finally, from Reno, Nevada (2,520 miles from Boston):

An eighth-grade student opened fire outside the cafeteria in his school with a handgun, injuring two of his classmates.

POP QUIZ: Which of the above stories did the Boston Globe deem newsworthy enough for publication in the pages of their hallowed paper?

Here's the answer for some of my more "progressive" readers who might be stumped on this one.