How a Small-Town Feud in Kansas Sent a Shock Through American Journalism

From a Washington Post story by Jonathan O’Connell, Paul Farhi, and Sofia Andrade headlined “How a small-town feud in Kansas sent a shock through American journalism”:

MARION, Kan. — The phone conversation between the journalist and the town’s newly hired police chief quickly turned contentious.

Tipsters had been telling Deb Gruver that Gideon Cody left the police department in Kansas City, Mo., under a cloud, supposedly threatened with demotion. So now she was asking him difficult questions on behalf of the weekly Marion County Record about the career change that had brought him to this prairie community of 1,900 people.