CROWDED off the front page by bigger news events this week was a man-bites-dog story.
That old saying succinctly expresses what reporters look for.
Sure, they'll tell you when a dog bites a person. That happens from time to time.
They'll also tell you when elected officials debate tax increases, and when someone inevitably objects.
Daily Mail education reporter Dave Boucher wrote about a far less predictable turn of events: Some Kanawha County residents are circulating petitions calling for an increase in taxes.
They want the school board to remove the cap on the excess levy, a chunk of property tax bills that generates a sizeable portion of the public school budget.
Removal of the cap - which was proposed by the five-member elected school board and approved by voters just last spring - would generate another $20 million a year.
And this iteration of the excess levy will be in place for five years, so we're talking about $100 million over that period.
School board member Pete Thaw was dismissive of this unusual push by some of his constituents. He referred to the proponents as "doctors and lawyers."
That may accurately describe some in the group. High earners. Sniff. Who cares?
They do, about the quality of their children's education.
They are stirred by the school board's proposals for dealing with crowding at John Adams Middle School and George Washington High School. Nothing is settled, but the board may reconfigure attendance areas so some children would go to South Charleston instead.
These parents know that standardized test scores are highest in South Hills, that GW has the widest array of Advanced Placement classes, that it typically produces more National Merit scholars than the county's other high schools.
Are they wrong to want their children to go there?
My own children, now grown, went to South Hills schools and received outstanding preparation that led to success in college.