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Paranormal Activity

Here’s what I love about my local paper, and I don’t mean the Washington Post. Today’s front-page feature story in the News & Messenger (of Prince William County, Va.) is about a couple of tombstones found in the basement of a rental property. They apparently once marked the graves of a woman who died in 1935 and a man who died in 1980. The property owner has no idea what they were doing there. The last renters split town in a hurry and didn’t leave forwarding information. A guy who does odd jobs in the house insists that a light bulb recently turned on when the power was shut off. Cue the Twilight Zone music. If I were a writer of ghost stories, I’d have my next idea.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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