Mark Puente Is Leaving the Plain Dealer, Heading to St. Petersburg Times

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The Metro reporters at the Plain Dealer have been doing yeoman's work for the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County.

Though besieged by layoffs, cutbacks, and dwindling ad revenue, the paper has put a premium on investigative reporting in recent years. The result has been a string of stories unveiling corruption in the furthest reaches of county government, from run-of-the-mill incompetence and cronyism to Really Brazen Incompetence and Cronyism.

Reporter Mark Puente was responsible for some of the paper's biggest scoops, including the coverage of the recent scandals at the boards of revision, which is why it's sad news that he is leaving the paper.

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