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Eek a Mouse! 

Published August 11, 2009 at 1:09 p.m.

Did anyone catch the weird photo essay about Malawian mice in Sunday's Burlington Free Press? Five graphic photos chronicled the animal's death cycle at the hands of humans, captioned "Chased," "Caught," "Killed," "Cooked" and "Sorted and Sold." Good to see their definition of international news goes beyond pirates and landslides. 

It's true, though, that rodents are fair game in Africa. I'll never forget buying an unidentified package of Benin's fast-food equivalent through the window of a train. We'd already left the station by the time I discovered that it was African bush rat, tail and all. 

I was almost as surprised to find pictures of dead mice in my Sunday Free Press, sandwiched between a page of stories and an ad for an upcoming Google Analytics seminar. Just below it, an ad for Menopause: The Musical. Whatever it takes to lift a middle-aged woman's spirits.

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Paula Routly

Paula Routly

Paula Routly came to Vermont to attend Middlebury College. After graduation, she stayed and worked as a dance critic, arts writer, news reporter and editor before she started Seven Days newspaper with Pamela Polston in 1995. Routly covered arts news, then food, and, starting in 2008, focused her editorial energies on building the news side of the operation, for which she is a regular weekly editor. She conceptualized and managed the “Give and Take” special report on Vermont’s nonprofit sector, the “Our Towns” special issue and the yearlong “Hooked” series exploring Vermont’s opioid crisis. When she’s not editing stories, Routly runs the business side of Seven Days — overseeing finances, management and product development. She spearheaded the creation of the newspaper’s numerous ancillary publications and events such as Restaurant Week and the Vermont Tech Jam. In 2015, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.


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