Tons of news today, including Melissa Huckaby's plea deal and details of a sordid Tracy torture story that are not suitable for sensitive readers.
However, as the week winds down, there is one topic in Saturday's Tracy Press that should give folks hope about living here.
High-profile examples notwithstanding, crime is down.
An analysis of police data shows that crime, overall, declined from early 2008 to early 2009.
Why? After reading the reactions of Lt. Jeremy Watney to Jennifer Wadsworth's questions, including this one:
I think a big reason is because of the public. A lot of people take it on themselves to call us when they see something happening.
I'm betting citizen participation played a part. Maybe there's something to this community thing after all. Just try not to go over the top.