Where's the shootout story?

Question: I was wondering why the drug bust and shootout at the Browne's Addition Rosauers and on First Avenue was not covered on your Web site. This was all over the TV news last night, but there was no mention in the paper. At about 8 a.m., when I first looked at the morning headlines, it wasn't there. -- Tim Haight, Spokane

Answer: First of all, the story was prominenly dispalyed, with a photo, in the print version of today's newspaper. And, the electronic version of the story was on our Web site. It just wasn't prominently displayed. That's because our antiquated computer system that posts the stories to our Web site overnight doesn't always do a good job of placing the most important stories in prominent positions.

That's why, beginning at about 7 a.m. every day, we manually update the site, fixing all of the little (and sometimes big) problems that the computer system causes. Usually, the whole site is updated by 10 a.m. The good news is that we're getting a new computer system installed, and this will be an issue for only three more months. -- Ken Sands, managing editor of online and new media

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