We at the Indy long ago got accustomed to the local daily lifting our story ideas — usually these rip-offs show up weeks, or even months after we've run a story, they never include any attribution to the Indy (heaven forbid!), and they generally show up on A1 right under a three-alarm headline that suggests this is breaking news. Depending on who wrote the daily version, the stories may also contain a few errors for good measure.
But one thing you could always count on the G for was an original (and, of course, totally appropriate) headline. Like "What the Dickens happened to CC's great expectations?" or "There Ain't No Free Water For the Kids," or (and this is a reigning favorite of ours from gazette.com) "Man Charged With Sexual Assault: It Brings The Flowers That Bloom in May."
Anyway, those brainy headline writers must have been sleeping on the job last night, because they actually more or less copied a headline from yours truly. I wrote a blog yesterday (which I know all of you read and remember, of course) entitled "Springs wins diversity prize ... no, really." Brilliant, I know.
And today, I'm reading the G and I see this headline, "City Wins Diversity Award — No, Really."
Gosh guys, if you keep this up we may have to start charging you.