Or in this case, five months behind. I'm not sure why the editors over there are so touchy about picking up my stories...they always seem to wait until they're too big to ignore. But am I bitter? Well, yes. Because if the O paid attention earlier, these things would be less likely to happen in the first place. And for Christ's sake, folks, give credit. Writing "as first reported in the Mercury..." is a little more straight to the point than using the words "well-publicized." In any other market, this kind of behavior would be completely unacceptable. So don't cast this as me throwing a hissy fit. It's you that needs to get out and do the legwork. That's all.