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At times, the newspaper business can be quite depressing. Considering this week's cover story and lead Currents story, this is one of those times.

That lead Currents story is about the horrible injury that Tucson High star Joe Kay suffered last Friday. A kid with unlimited potential, he's in the hospital, paralyzed on one side after a stroke suffered during a mad rush following a dramatic basketball victory over Salpointe. Chris Limberis was at the game, and we have his account of what happened that day, and what's happened since.

Then there's RenÉe Downing's exhaustively investigated look at the child leukemia cluster that's hit Sierra Vista during the last several years. She found a situation that's tragic on a variety of levels. Kids keep coming up sick; a couple have died. Meanwhile, the government is doing little to find out why this is happening. And Sierra Vista is not alone; other towns are having the same tragedy strike, and as kids die, the agencies designed to help protect the public health are doing little but twiddle their thumbs, bureaucratic-style.

Our thoughts go out to Joe Kay and the leukemia victims. I am sure yours do, too.

jboegle@tucsonweekly.com

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