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'One' Is the Loneliest Number for Md. Daily

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

'One' Is the Loneliest Number for Md. Daily

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The Hagerstown, Md., Regional Airport is not exactly Andrews Air Force Base. Still, about three or four times a year, the local Herald-Mail newspaper has to respond like it is. On those occasions, when Air Force One lands at the small airfield that normally caters to regional airlines and private planes, the paper dispatches a reporter and photographer to be on hand in case anything (most likely, bad) happens. Those events occur when President Bush heads to nearby Camp David but does not use a helicopter, his usual mode of transportation.

"We are there in case there is a news-making event, an accident or something else," admits Herald-Mail Editor Terry Headlee. "We are usually out there by ourselves, and usually nothing happens. But we have to do it." While most presidential arrivals at Andrews or other larger airports can draw crowds, marching bands, and throngs of reporters, these quick getaways usually pass without incident or press notice. …

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