Ink-Stained Tales

With Gina and the Press-Enterprise gang circa … back in the day.

As any scribe will attest, the best (and weirdest) stories from one’s career didn’t always make it into the newspaper. I collected a few of my favorites here.

The Work of Allah

The fire mine fire that would eventually consume Centralia, Pa., started in 1962 in a garbage dump, ignited a coal seam, and slowly but inexorably spread. Smoke began to pour from spreading fissures and occasionally a sinkhole opened up and swallowed a child.

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The Last Detail

In the late 1980s, my shooter buddy Keith and I traveled to D.C. for what would become the largest public demonstration in American history to that point, far bigger than Martin Luther King’s 1963 March on Washington. The occasion was a pro-choice rally. Hard to beat a gorgeous spring day in D.C. with a story that was gonna write itself.

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