Calling Jimmy Breslin: We Need You in Washington

By Jack Limpert

The Washington Post seems livelier—with more local stories on page one—since Marty Baron took over as top editor a year ago but a reader has to wonder why the Post didn’t do more to follow up on a story it buried two weeks ago in its metro section.

The first two grafs of the February 5 story:

“A 22-year-old Fort Washington man was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday in the May 2011 killings of two cousins who were shot during a robbery.

“A Prince George’s County jury deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before finding Brian Mayhew guilty in the deaths of Sean Ellis, 24, and Anthony McKelvin, 28. Police found the pair dead in a silver Lexus in Capitol Heights, their bodies soaked in bleach and the car covered in gasoline. Prosecutors say that Mayhew and an accomplice planned to light the car on fire to destroy evidence of their crimes but didn’t have a lighter.”




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