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"The kid who doesn't exist" (UPDATE: He now exists, reunites with birth mom)

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Bob Cook, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    Read it and weep. Literally. It's a story (part of a long series looking at a struggling inner-city Indianapolis high school) about a kid who was basically dumped by his drug-addled mother, and has a dim future simply because he doesn't have the paperwork to prove that he's real. But then...

  2. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    Re: "The kid who doesn't exist"

    Awesome story. Thanks for sharing.
  3. Re: "The kid who doesn't exist"

    Can't be hatin' on Indy no more. Good work my brothas.

    We had one of my kinfolk not exist for a while, but that was for a different reason, ya dig?
  4. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Re: "The kid who doesn't exist"

    Damn that was good.
  5. copperpot

    copperpot Well-Known Member

    Re: "The kid who doesn't exist"

    Wow. Amazing a reporter could turn up what so many couldn't. Didn't see the story going that way. Thanks for sharing.
  6. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    Re: "The kid who doesn't exist"

    That story just made my day. Thanks for sharing it!
  7. statrat

    statrat Member

    Re: "The kid who doesn't exist"

    I just started tearing up at work reading that. Loved the story, awesome kid, great job by the reporter. Even though his research turned the story in a new direction, he didn't take that element and trample all over the column with it. He just let a great story unfold and got out of the way. And a great story it is indeed.
  8. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Re: "The kid who doesn't exist"

    Great story - kudos to the research librarian at the paper who was able to turn up the aliases that led to the connection and kudos to the reporter for just letting the story unfold. However there are two questions the story left unanswered - has he gotten in touch with his sister/how did it go if he did? and has he tried contacting his birth father?
  9. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Re: "The kid who doesn't exist"

    Great story. I was hoping it would have a happy ending.
  10. DisembodiedOwlHead

    DisembodiedOwlHead Active Member

    Re: "The kid who doesn't exist"

    Amazing the journalism that is capable of being produced when media organizations let reporters have time to find and report good stories.
  11. WTH!

    WTH! New Member

    Re: "The kid who doesn't exist"

    Agreed...great stuff...
  12. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Re: "The kid who doesn't exist"

    How about the end of the story that doesnt exist?

    For two days now I have tried to read the sixth and final page of the damn story. But I can't. It keeps defaulting me back to page 2. I have tried to do a single page view, nothing.

    This damn page jump system Gannett implemented is awful. If a former Web Editor at a Gannett shop (me) can't get the thing to work, how are other readers supposed to?

    Anyway, would someone mind posting the last page so I could read it?
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