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A very newsroom Christmas

Posted: December 24, 2013 at 4:43 a.m.

Twas the night before Christmas and the newsroom was dour, There’d be no Christmas cheer for another two hours. The paper was edited and not far from done. All that was left was a checklist and sending A1. Then out of the quiet came an alert on the wire. Editors lurched to their screens to see what was on fire. For half a minute, they read … with nary a peep. Then the news editor let out with a “nuts!” and a bleep! “There’s been an accident somewhere over Atlanta, A sleigh has been found but there’s no sign of Santa!” Adrenaline kicked in, editors sprang into action. The newsroom filled up in a collective reaction. “Crumb!” said the proof-reader, “Darn” said the slot. “Someone call the bosses, tell them what we’ve got.” Orders went out, there was tension to spare. Cuss words ebbed and flowed in the dusty old air. The Opinion folks peeked out from their half-opened door, looking for controversy, which they adore. “What’s all the hubbub, what’s all the drama? pretty-please, tell us it’s the fault of Obama.” The

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Editorial, Pages 14 on 12/24/2013

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