Since I know it's generally lacking, I thought I'd take an opportunity to provide you all with a little local color from out here in the northwest Chicagoland area.
Here's a recent article covering an exciting high-speed chase through a residential area:
Motorist charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding
My favorite snippet appears towards the end:
Two vehicles and two hoes were also damaged in the shooting, but nobody was injured.
I find this absolutely shocking. Not morally, because I'm a realist, but sympathetically. What, hoes don't count as people anymore?! They're just property to be damaged?*
That seems more than a bit cruel, regardless of whether you assume that in the reporter's judgmental haze, he or she is even correct about whether these people were, in fact, hoes.
I say we send an editor in for a followup. How much do you think a newspaper office carries in petty cash these days?
* I know one reporter who would definitely see it that way: Senior Washington Correspondent Pimpbot 5000.