John Drescher

Why we run some crime photos and not others

A reader questioned why we ran photographs in Tuesday’s paper of three young men charged in the death of a 13-year-old in Raleigh but didn’t run a photo of a man suspected of stealing a batch of lottery tickets from a convenience store. Police released a security-camera photo of the suspect in the convenience store.

The three young men are black; the suspect in the lottery case is white. “This practice feeds into the perception that black men are threats to society,” the reader wrote.

We publish a photo of a suspect when police supply one and when that photo is good enough to be reproduced in print. (The exception is when the news is reported as a brief and we do not have space for the photo.)

Often, photos taken from a mounted video camera in a store or office building are of a low quality and cannot be seen clearly on newsprint. That was the case with the suspect in the lottery case.

Photos typically reproduce better digitally than they do on paper. When we’re not able to publish a photo in the newspaper, we often include the photo with the story on our website. We did that with the lottery story. It can be seen at http://nando.com/1xa.

The reader also questioned why we didn’t run photos of the father and son charged recently with running an illegal sweepstakes operation. The men were charged in federal court; federal authorities do not release photos of those charged.

Edward Teller

In my column last week about the book “A Curious Mind,” I described Edward Teller as the physicist who developed the atomic bomb. Several readers pointed out that Teller was part of a team that worked to develop the first atomic bomb, dropped on Japan in 1945. Teller is widely known as the father of the hydrogen bomb, which was successfully tested in the Pacific Ocean in 1952.

Box-score page

We stopped publishing Major League box scores in print this year because of longer games and earlier deadlines. For you baseball fans who like to scan a page of box scores, now you can do so by going to nando.com/bbscores. This digital page looks like a page from a newspaper and includes all games from the day before, including West Coast games.

For many print readers, the next best thing to reading the paper in print is to read our e-edition, which looks the same as the print paper and is sometimes called our “digital replica” edition. You can find it at the bottom of newsobserver.com under “Subscriptions” by clicking on “E-Edition.”

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