The hemorrhage of talent from 501 N. Calvert St.-a more-than-decade-long slide representative of our post-newspaper epoch-continued in 2013, when longtime editor and reporter Candus "Candy" Thomson signed buyout papers. Best known for her outdoors reporting (her dispatches were good enough to be mentioned in the same breath as Bill Burton and Lefty Kreh), there was little Thomson didn't write about in clean, accurate, and inquisitive prose in a quarter-century at The Sun. Many who left the House that Mencken Built before her said that, if they were creating a newsroom from scratch, Thomson would be the first hire. There isn't a section of the paper where her byline hasn't appeared on the cover and above the fold: A1, sports, metro, business, features, food, real estate, and the old county sections. Thomson leaves journalism to become a public information officer of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. One day, perhaps, they will name a fishing pier after her.