Ann Arbor firefighters work to put out a fire that engulfed Happy’s Pizza in Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 7, 2014. Firefighters worked for several hours in temperatures that dipped to minus 15 degrees to extinguish the blaze at the pizza shop. No injuries were reported. (Melanie Maxwell/The Ann Arbor News/AP Photo)
Bundled up against the minus 5-degree temperatures in Pittsburgh, a couple walks past a storefront advertising a European Wax Center, Jan. 7, 2014. A high of 2 degrees is called for on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. (Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo)
A person struggles to cross a street in blowing and falling snow, as the Gateway Arch appears in the distance, Jan. 5, 2014, in St. Louis. Snow that began in parts of Missouri Saturday night picked up intensity after dawn Sunday with several inches of snow on the ground by midmorning and more on the way. (Jeff Roberson/AP Photo)
A picture that was on this blog earlier this week went absolutely viral on the Daily Item Facebook page – making it possibly the most popular image yet on the page.
This is the photo:
Posted on 9/11, it got 430 likes and 74 shares. That’s pretty amazing for a small newspaper.
Other topics heating up on the page:
People in the Valley are talking about the coming 10-digit dialing. This was a surprise hit, garnering 60 comments. Here’s a sample: Christina Ayala “I don’t think it is that big of a deal, i have it stored in my phone book that way anyways, and when i taught my kids their phone number i always gave them the area code when teaching them, bc honestly if they got lost or kidnapped and used the phone who knows where they would be and if they would need it!”
This week has been big for our Facebook community, with numerous posts lighting up the page over the past week.
Here’s a couple that seemed to draw the most response, but be sure to check out the full Facebook page to see what else has been big this week.
The largest thing to draw response this week is a photo. We posted a photo of a car involved in an accident this week, with the victims still as yet unidentified. And that brought about the old debate about what should papers run and not run. Here’s the photo: I know where I stand on this: News isn’t pretty, and it can be tough, but it’s got to get out there – we deal with that fact every single day. Literally – this was in my afternoon yesterday. As long as there aren’t bodies in the vehicle or a large amount of blood and gore, it’s OK by me for publication. But not everyone agrees, as evidence by our long comment thread.
There’s been a couple hot-button national issues on Facebook this week, and Daily Item readers were eager to put their two cents in.
But first, is a photo going viral:
More than 100 people liked this photo of Specialst Andy Split, of Mount Carmel, pets his Husky Zoey after returning from deployment in Kuwait on Tuesday morning in Lewisburg, taken by reporter Evamarie Socha:
Readers also had concerns about the U.S. getting involved in the rapidly deteriorating situation in Egypt. Said Christian Cochran: “Let’s focus on the splinters in our own country’s eyes before trying to pull splinters out of the eyes of others.”
Readers also expressed support for Eric Holder’s decision to cut down mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders: Chuck Barnhart: “Those mandatory sentencing laws were so unfair from the very beginning. I never thought that I would actually let this statement come from my lips , but I really do think that they should decriminalize so-called ‘whacky-weed.’ Fines and / or community service should be more the norm.”
I say this every time i post Reader Photos, but I really am so impressed with the photos we receive each week from readers and post in our photo galleries.
This week, the theme seems to be animals and children beating the heat – which luckily has passed us by this week.
This batch also includes my favorite reader photo ever. Check below to see it:
Lewisburg Area high school sweethearts Sarah and Kyle are married on May 18, 2013. In honor of being high school sweethearts the couple rented a school bus and traveled to their high school to get pictures at the school where they met! Photo by Sarah and Kyle Mumper, Lewisburg
“Bow, a Gordon Setter, takes a swim in Penns Creek on a hot summer day,” by Bruce Ferster, Lewisburg
“Sunrise over Wayne Kauffman’s hayfield,” by Danita Stoltzfus, Mount Pleasant Mills. Probably my favorite reader photo ever.