Haunt-ing for real reporting

October 23, 2008
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This is the time of year that otherwise respectable news outlets begin publishing or broadcasting stories about haunted houses--not just the "guy jumps out at you with a chainsaw" haunted houses but also the allegedly real ones. 

Problem is, many of these reports don't bother with the "allegedly."

As an editor at other publications, I can't tell you the number of times freelancers have pitched me on stories about "real haunted houses." I can, however, tell you the percentage of times I rejected the stories and questioned the writers' journalistic credibility.

At least in today's Indy.com, writer Amy Bartner--doing a tag along with members of the Indy Ghost Hunters at the allegedly huanted Hannah House--says she "didn't get the evidence I needed to fully believe."

Well, of course she didn't. Despite all of the news coverage of the supernatural, nobody has ever proven that ghosts exist. If they did, James Randi's Foundation would have payed them a cool million dollars. (See his offer, here.)

By the way, Randi, a professional magician and MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant recipient who has championed the cause of rationality by debunking phony faith healers, spoon-benders, etc., will be speaking at Butler University in April. More information here.

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  1. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

  4. Perhaps, but they've had a very active program to reduce rainwater/sump pump inflows for a number of years. But you are correct that controlling these peak flows will require spending more money - surge tanks, lines or removing storm water inflow at the source.

  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!

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