Sunday sampler

When I look at newspaper front pages, I’m seeking a surprise — something that tells me something I don’t know and that I want to know. So stories about the S.C. primary results, which I knew at dinnertime last night and which ran non-stop on news channels all night, aren’t going to catch my attention. (Stories about it dominate many of the state’s front pages.)

But these did:

From the News & Observer: A state prison doctor gets $201,000 a year treating patients, and then double dips with another state job, getting $50,000 more. And the reader is pretty much left with the idea that he can’t possibly do both jobs. He declines to comment and his boss at the state doesn’t address the issue. Your government at work. Sweet.

From the Statesville Record & Landmark: A piece about an Iredell County commissioner who would have been on the wrecked cruise ship off Italy except for a county commissioners meeting. He’d have been on the size that’s now underwater, too.

From the News & Record: A hero story about a guy who went to the aid of some people in a traffic accident and ended up getting hurt himself. The writing of the tale is as compelling as the act itself.

From the Burlington Times-News:  The paper updates the status of 637 registered voters who may or may not be citizens. Along the way, it gives some insight into how the investigation took place and whether voter fraud is truly a serious issue worth pursuing.