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Each week, two of my primary responsibilities are making a final recommendation on the order of stories in the publication and compiling the News Briefs. Fortunately, since we have "progressive" in our tagline, some stories easily lend themselves to a front-of-the-book spot. For example, no other publications around town seem to be taking an interest in the domestic partnership registry matter at the county level. Putting a story we write about that near the front of the News Leader is a logical decision. Likewise, while the Walmart proposal for the Ringling shopping center remained in the spotlight, we felt readers were eager to find out City Editor Stan Zimmerman's take on the latest action in the saga. Of course, when we scoop the other news media, we automatically put those articles at or near the top of the list. One beauty of our digital format, however, is that you do not have to turn page after page after page to reach a story that interests you. All you need to do is scan our Table of Contents each week and click on the headlines that grab your attention; that click takes you right to the article. The others, you can save for later. The News Briefs, as they say in Oz, is a horse of a different color. We try very hard to include news about street or facility closings, for example, to save you time and trouble. This weekly compilation also is a good place for shorter staff-written pieces about matters we feel are noteworthy. The rest of the articles come from a wide variety of news releases. This time of year, especially, there is no dearth of them. We try to provide you a smorgasbord from which to choose — nonprofit news; arrests; upcoming events that need a fuller explanation than our Community Calendar can provide. As always, we welcome any comments about whether you would like to see more or less of a particular type of item in the News Briefs — or elsewhere in the News Leader. Editor and Publisher

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