A well-deserved salute to the Chicago Sun-Times

...and its journalists, Tim Novak, Chris Fusco and Carol Marin.

If it were not for them and their editors, Richard Vanecko, "who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter last week, never would have faced justice if not for years of [their] painstaking, dogged and courageous work," as Tribune on-line media columnist Robert Feder observed.

"Any doubt that newspapers still mattered was wiped away," Feder said, when Vanecko, "nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley was sentenced in court for his role in the death of 21-year-old David Koschman a decade ago."

When I look at the contributions that newspapers still make--this kind of investigative reporting and the expanded news and commentary hole at the Tribune, I have to disagree with those who say that digital will and must replace the papers. It's just a shame that Feder isn't plying his vast talents on the printed page anymore.

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  • I agree with Mr. Feder and laud the Sun Times for bringing about the resolution of this travesty. Dennis, I'm curious as to how revealing you believe Dan Webb's report will be vis a vis the obvious obstruction of this case by the S.A.G. office. Any predictions?

  • There's got to be something embarrassing or even worse in it, certainly serious enough that the judge thought that the information, if made public, could affect the outcome of the trial. Should be interesting.

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