Huge update today

A whopping 40 updated cases. Oh, and five resolves. Almost all the updates were from NamUs. I got tired of them sitting there in my “to-update” folder. But I still have 22 NamUs updates left in that folder! I could have gotten them all I suppose, but I decided 40 was enough for one day.

I’m going to go through and count exactly how many cases I have in my “to-add” folder. I’m sure it’s going to make me feel terribly discouraged. I know the number is in the hundreds.

Updates page

I was working on changing my updates page a little, making it so the list of updates is in two columns rather than one. This would be more economical in terms of the page space. So I took the updates I’m going to do for today and put them in a table like the table on my updates archive page. Unfortunately I discovered the following:

When I write my updates, I add them to the update list one at a time, as I do them. I don’t necessarily do them in alphabetical order, but I do list them in alphabetical order. With an ordinary list, it’s easy to just insert the link in between all the others; Melissa Espinoza between Nicole Ernst and Leanne Hausberg, etc. From my understanding of HTML, it’s not so easy with a table. You can’t just add a new cell to the middle, or it messes up the table. Instead you have to put a new cell on the end, then move all the links around to put your newest in its proper place. So, for today’s updates (at least as the list is so far), inserting Melissa’s link last would require having to copy-and-paste 15 other links into other cells. This, needless to say, would be an enormous pain-in-the-you-know-what.

So, it seems to me that my options are thus:

1. Do the enormous pain-in-the-you-know-what anyway.
2. Stop putting the links in alphabetical order and just add them at the end of the list/table.
3. Do nothing; keep the easier single-column list format.

Your thoughts?

Media, finally, in Leanne Hausberg case

Per her sister: there was finally some media attention in Leanne Hausberg‘s disappearance, in the form of this local TV segment. When I first started getting interested in MPs around 1998-1999ish, Leanne’s case — she went missing from New York City on March 18, 1999 — is one of the first ones I connected with. I’ve wondered about her ever since.

Unfortunately, even with the TV thing I still don’t have a lot of info in her disappearance, and neither, it seems, does anyone else. She just seems to have evaporated from the street corner where she was last seen. The police classify her as a runaway, and her family believes she met with foul play, but really there seems to be no evidence pointing to any particular theory in her case.