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A lapsed SR tradition

I'm pretty sure I have mentioned this before.

But I think about it at this time of year.

For a few years, there was an SR newsroom tradition that featured an editor handing out commemorative mugs. These mugs were adorned with boldface allusions to some of the year's big news stories.

The problem with that is a lot of A1 news stories do not have festive themes. References to murders and disasters made for a rather odd holiday season cup o' cheer.

OK, I realize the intent was to acknowledge the work that went into our coverage of these stories. Nobody was celebrating tragedy and mayhem.

Still. The mugs were weird.

We no longer do that.

But what 2013 local news story would you rather not see mentioned on a year-end mug?

Up against the wall

Remember when I mentioned the remodeling going on in the SR newsroom and solicited a new round of readers' pictures and what-not that I could put up on my wall?

Well, a number of people were kind enough to send me things. And I intend to find a proper home for all of that.

But I've decided against essentially repeating the decorating scheme I had in place before the portable room-divider behind me was replaced with a permanent wall. Instead, I'm opting for a new approach.

One possibility is blown-up pictures taken by the SR's fine news photographers. But making that happen would not be as simple as you might suspect.

So what do you think of this idea?

“The Slice Gallery.”

I could ask my friend Karen Mobley, the city arts director, to curate a rotating display of locally produced art that would be exhibited on the freshly painted wall behind my desk.

Sure, it's not really a public space. Still, my colleagues and I might enjoy the variety.

And I suppose I could post pictures of the art on this blog.

But first let me check the SR's ethics code and see if there would be any problem with me acting as the sales agent for the artists whose work I might display on my wall.

I'll get back to you.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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