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Please permit me to gush about some of the talented people in the Advocate newsroom. If you're a Web-only reader, you need to buy a print edition today to fully appreciate their work. Your $1.25 will be well-spent.

For starters, I still can't believe our luck in recruiting multimedia editor Robert Zavala here about 16 months ago. I've never worked with such a skilled graphic artist. You'll see his work:

  • On A1 explaining how buses crossing the border should be checked.
  • On E1 showing what happens when the system fails.
  • On H1 bringing you the Masked Consumer saving the world, one confused shopper at a time.

I lead with Robert because his work is particularly exceptional today, but he's far from alone. Public service editor Gabe Semenza remains the heart and soul of the "Fatal Funnel" series. He had reporting help this installment from Tara Bozick. As always, presentation editor Kimiko Fieg is the star of our page design.

Kiko, as we call her, also shows off her incredible skills on C1 with our first installment of "Jerheme's Journey." You'll get a kick out of the photo of little Jerheme as a flag football player.

Credit for the reporting goes to longtime reporter Mike Forman, who tracked down everyone from the NFL scout who discovered Jerheme to Hall of Famer Bill Parcells. As our new sports editor, Pat Butler wrote in his introductory note about the series leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, "We hope you come along for the ride."

Looping back to the Masked Consumer, the team on this new monthly project includes Robert's wife, Julie, Aprill Brandon, T.C. Baker and C.J. Castillo. Extensive reporting goes into every detailed graphic, even though our goal is to make the printed result as simple as possible to digest. You don't want to see the sausage being made.

My apologies if I've gone on too long or too much. Today's edition knocked me over, and I know Web readers won't get the full sense of it. We have kinks yet to work out with this month's Web presentation of "Fatal Funnel" and we've yet to translate the power of print graphics to online.