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Hot and bothered over News-Press photo

September 05, 2013
  • Chandra Tamraz, 19 of Sunland, and her dog Kilo rest in the shade at the Crescenta Valley Dog Park as temperatures reached the century mark in La Crescenta on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Temperatures will remain hot through the weekend.
Chandra Tamraz, 19 of Sunland, and her dog Kilo rest in… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

The front page photo labeled “It's doggone hot” on Aug. 30 raised a question on the photos selected.

Why would the Glendale News-Press feature a photo of a young adult smoking in a park on what was reported to be a historically hot day for La Crescenta? At first glance the cigarette is not noticeable, but at second glance it is clearly visible dangling from her right hand.

I am upset seeing anyone smoking in a public park where children are present and a tossed cigarette butt can easily cause a fire on a hot, dry day. I am even more upset that the News-Press selected a photo that represents an act that is not only harmful, but illegal.

I would suggest that the staff takes more scrutiny in the selection of their photos by noting every detail present.

Eliza Collison
La Crescenta

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