"Do that which is assigned you, and you can not hope too much or dare too much."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Alternatively, you could actually go out and find some enterprise news, but that would require actual work on your part. There are plenty of stories out there, but if you are waiting for a fire, or a press conference, instead of actually digging into what's happening in your community, you will indeed do nothing on a Friday.Pick up a phone, request some public information, read the minutes or agenda from a city council meeting. Don't just wait for the news to come to you.
Since you were actually doing less than most McDonald's managers, isn't it proper you were paid less?
True in markets large & small- Enjoy small victories. Make your own way. Smile :)