Wednesday, May 6, 2009

AWOL at the AJC

The Blogfaddah linked to this remarkable story about an Atlanta college student who single-handedly saved nine of his friends from at the very least a brutal home invasion, and very possibly from rape and mass murder on Monday:

Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door.

“They just came in and separated the men from the women and said, ‘Give me your wallets and cell phones,’” said George Williams of the College Park Police Department.

Bailey said the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey.

That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment.

The student then ran to the room where the second gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Calvin Lavant, was holding the women.

“Apparently the guy was getting ready to rape his girlfriend. So he told the girls to get down and he started shooting. The guy jumped out of the window,” said Bailey.

Quite a story, isn't it? The criminal shot by the student was found dead outside the apartment complex, leaving the world no poorer. You'd think this kind of heroic action would warrant front-page coverage in the city's main newspaper.

And you'd be wrong. The story linked above is courtesy of TV station WSB. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, however, managed only a tiny, ungrammatical blurb on Sunday, and hasn't mentioned the story since. They have, however, still somehow found the column-inches to note how the French "excel at leisure" and a suburban city's IT manager is still fired after downloading over 24,000 porn images (the guy was fired nearly 6 months ago).

And they wonder why nobody buys the paper any more.

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