I read my local paper online. This week the front page was filled with articles that could get a writer itchy to take the basic facts and run with them.
Shipment to Bath Iron Works contains unexpected cargo: two dozen black widow spiders
Hampden rescue crews extricate man stuck in sand for more than 2 hours
Woman driven out of job by inappropriate, sexual comments, rights panel says
I see plots everywhere. My upcoming London List series (November 2012's Lord Gray's List) was inspired by two articles I chanced upon in the Huffington Post about vintage lonely hearts ads and the blog Missed Connections. I strayed very far afield from those original sparks, but it's interesting to see what sets the mind to meandering.
Have you used or recognized a current event in your writing/reading? Where did you find your last inspiration?