Friday, March 05, 2004


There’s no competition. The most important story in The New York Times today is not the Iraqi constitution, U.S. job growth, a retrial for a 9/11 suspect or the president’s political ads. It’s not even in the news section. It’s waaaaaaaaaaaaay in the back of the generally worthless Escapes section.

It’s about Leigh Hyan, 16, of Yorba Linda, Calif., whose daddy gave her a 2004 Cadillac Escalade EXT for her birthday. The base price is $53,240, and it weighs 5,572 pounds (Leigh looks like she weighs about 90), but it’s really the thought that counts.

“Some people may think my dad spoils me,” Leigh says, “but he knows how happy it makes me to drive.”

Touching. What does Leigh get for graduation?

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