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What's Missing From This Picture?

Ah, the Fourth of July. A time to remember our freedoms to say what we want, do as we please, and publish a front page of a newspaper without any articles on it. That's the way the Sun-Sentinel celebrated, anyway. Their cramped front page came sans stories. Just a photo montage of people literally draping themselves in the flag, the usual cluttered, oversized junk drawer, and, of course, a sizable Comcast ad at the bottom.

The cover does allude to several Americans' "stories" inside, but they turn out to be tiny vignettes. No, vignettes is too good a word. They're snippets, every one of them about as illuminating as one of those junk drawer blurbs.

I looked at a lot of newspapers across the country this morning and I'm betting the Sentinel is the only non-tabloid to go story-free on the front. It's an interesting move -- maybe they can get those troublesome and ungainly reported stories out of the newspaper altogether some day. The advertisers would love it, after all.

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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