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Between the Lines: Daily Sun readers staying ahead of web app curve

Between the Lines: Daily Sun readers staying ahead of web app curve

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Never let it be said that Daily Sun readers are behind the high-tech curve.

After just two weeks, we've had 470 downloads of our new Daily Sun web app for iPhone users, who have viewed 3,400 pages.

We'd no doubt have more mobile readers of the app if it was available for other smartphone models. Look for that to come soon.

Meanwhile, I urge iPhone users to check out the Daily Sun app in the Apple App Store. It has all the info found on our website, but with the look and feel of the printed paper.

And the price is right: free.

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Some readers wondered why the Daily Sun didn't cover the week of Snowbowl protests around Flagstaff the same way it did the first instance of monkey-wrenching at the pipeline construction site two months ago.

We're a small newspaper with a limited staff. When there are new angles to an old story, we'll jump on them. But after nearly 10 years of Snowbowl stories and court decisions, we find it hard to justify sending reporters and photographers out to cover the same arguments, even if the cast of protesters -- however passionate about their cause -- may be different.

The first incident, which saw protesters lock themselves to heavy equipment, had a certain novelty factor. But doing it again doesn't advance the storyline or readers' understanding of what the issue is about. The same goes for stepping off the curb to block traffic downtown. We noted the subsequent arrests in one front-page story. But until the 9th Circuit rules on the latest appeal, there doesn't appear to be a lot of new news on the horizon.

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Should a defendant in a sex crimes case be named at trial if doing so might identify the child accuser?

The Daily Sun newsroom is again facing this question as we cover the trial of a man accused of molesting a young relative.

We've decided to name the defendant as a matter of public accountability. We've also omitted the relationship of the accused to the accuser, as well as the gender and age of the latter.

For those who know the extended family, the names are no secret. But the child is no longer living in the area, so we are not as concerned about local playmates finding out the name just because we named the defendant.

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For those readers who are still looking for the color comics in today's paper, stop searching and learn their location right now: Directly behind the standalone TV grid page that serves as a "wrap" for many of the advertising inserts on Sunday.

The change in location comes about because we now print the color comics ourselves and it is more efficient to put them onto the press at the same time as the TV grids. We've tried to provide a clue by putting "Color Comics Inside" atop the TV grid page. But some of you comics fans have missed it, and for that we apologize.

Randy Wilson is editor of the Arizona Daily Sun. You can reach him at rwilson@azdailysun.com or (928) 556-2254.

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