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    Publishing: Tight Shot, my first novel, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Its sequel, Hot Shot, was roundly ignored by everyone, but was a far better book. I'm also a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

    Stage: I was a member of the Groundlings and Circle Repertory West in Los Angeles, and am a playwright (see "Stage" in the right-hand rail).

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Rabbit

Sign me up, Ms. Finch. Twice a week I get a free local fishwrap that's some 40 pages, but if you condense all the real news, it would fill three.

I might not even mind so much if they actually got it ON the driveway, but I live in the country, and have a ditch and culvert. Three-quarters of the papers land in the ditch (the delivery guy throws them out of his car window as he drives by), right into the puddle of water that collects there.

My neighbor has a circular driveway, and he gets a paper thrown into each end. The delivery guy apparently can't figure out that both ends belong to the same house.

Lizzy

Up here in Portland a journalist I know calls them "porch spam" and has been asking the very same questions.

I'm all for regulating them. I did call up my local paper and contacted them directly, telling them very clearly telling if they dumped newspapers in my bushes again (they loved to miss my porch for some reason) I would not only file a nuisance complaint against them with the city for trespassing and littering, I would mobilize others as well. Although they told me "there was nothing they could do" for some reason the papers stopped coming. At one point there was also talk for a "newspaper drive" where people save them up (plastic bags and all) and then rent a truck (a weekly newspaper wanted to sponsor it) and then we would dump them en-masse back at the newspapers headquarters.

Also, can we add phone books to this list? Those 20 pound door stops have been sitting on my porch since November.

Chris

Amen to that. And speaking of which four (still in plastic) phone books are at the end of my apartment landing, by the time they got to the third floor they were too lazy to drop one at every door and just left them at the end of the hallway, where undoubtedly I'll have to take and drop them in the recycle bin as otherwise they'll rot there.

Donna

RIGHT ON!!! I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia and this issue is a nightmare! This is not only an environmental waste but a threat to the security of homeowners. It raises the red flag that no one is home and aids vandalism, theft and robbery.

Alex Ireland

Great tip Kevin. You can sign up (for free) to opt out from getting telephone books dropped on your front porch at www.YellowPagesGoesGreen.org

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