Hearst newspapers know that the way to get the best pickings of crashes, crimes and calamities is to get there first. A year ago, Hearst's Los Angeles Examiner decided to draft every Angeleno as a news tipster. For the best "outside" news tip sent in each week, the Examiner offered to pay $50.
Last week the offer paid off handsomely. To the city desk came an excited phone call: "A plane is about to crash at 48th Street and Eighth Avenue."
"How do you know?" asked the city editor.
"Listen, brother," replied Lucien G. Mather, "I used to be an Army pilot. This baby...