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Why wasn't the Paris attack on Page 1?

The Sun buried what surely was the biggest news of the week — the Paris terror attack — on Page 8 when the story broke. The paper needs to seriously reexamine its priorities ("12 slain in Paris terror attack," Jan. 8).

The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the national TV networks all led with the story. But The Sun managed only a photo and a blurb on Page 1 while referring readers to page 8 for details. This even though it was a horrific event that has obvious ramifications for freedom of speech and the media everywhere.

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What The Sun did consider worthy of Page 1 was a story about how Maryland schools dropped to third place in Education Week rankings, which turned out not to be due to any slide in educational performance at all but simply to a change in how certain criteria were measured.

Another Page 1 story that day was about the rivalry between Baltimore and Boston over who can claim Edgar Allen Poe's legacy. Since this is an old story, couldn't you have run it some other day of the week?

It's certainly no news that The Sun has lost its historic international focus. And to be fair, the paper did, on Page 12, deal with the Paris attack in an editorial ("Silencing the satirists," Jan. 7).

But with a terrorist crime of this magnitude in the heart of France, a U.S. ally, it was very disappointing to see the coverage of it eclipsed on your front page by stories of no particular urgency.

Bruce Knauff, Towson

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