The Reporters Notebook column is a compilation of items that appear each week in the Merced Sun-Star's Reporters Notebook blog.
Wondering what to get dad for Christmas? How about a Merced tie? Headline in Sun-Star on Dec. 8: "Marine with Merced ties killed in action." Headline on Dec. 13: "Serviceman with Merced ties remembered." Headline on Dec. 14: "Soldier who had Merced ties killed." Editorial Page Editor Keith Jones doesn't know where you can buy one of these Merced ties, but thinks we'll get our copy desk a thesaurus this year.