In case you are wondering how something like this could possibly be reported in a local newspaper, I can tell you two reasons: First, the story takes place in Columbia, Missouri, a small town with a big journalism school and two daily newspapers; these factors combine to produce hordes of desperate reporters and reporting students.' Second, as I show below, if the reporter has sophisticated vision, this case has the potential to provide a good deal of valuable material.
Leonard L. Riskin,
Eleven Bid Ideas about Conflict: A Superficial Guide for the Thoughtful Journalist,
2007 J. Disp. Resol.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/jdr/vol2007/iss1/9