An intriguing tale of why FOI delays hurt us all. I enjoy the tone, as it is soooooo deserved:
If anyone is still wondering about the safety of a circus that came through Norfolk more than six years ago, we now have the answer.
A computer file of nearly decade-old federal inspections of a business that no longer exists, addressed to a reporter who no longer works at The Pilot, arrived this week.
The records show that Sterling & Reid Brothers Circus, which was investigated after a worker beat an elephant at the Scope, had problems ranging from poor care to inexperienced staff to animals getting loose.
If only we had known that, oh, six years ago, when then-Pilot reporter Lou Misselhorn requested the documents under the federal Freedom of Information Act.