Nevermind copyright law, common sense tells you that one cannot find a story somewhere- in a book, newspaper, or internet, and publish it again for your own financial gain. Monica, I don't know anything about your goals, aspirations, or financial situation, but it upsets me that someone has taken your article, even if you wrote it on your own time after a bottle of Merlot at 3AM, never expecting it to be read by anyone, (though I know thats not the case) and put it in their own publication, which sells ad space.
Shame on you, Ms. Griggs. Shame on you from every aspiring writer. Your 'success' provides you no protection, and your stupid mistakes made failure inevitable.
Maybe you should have asked, if you could publish Monica's piece. Maybe she would have happily agreed, for a $5 donation to the MSPCA, or a can of soup dropped in a food drive bucket. But you'll never know, because you didn't bother. Waaaaaah, you worked long days, waaaaah, you were an article short. Real journalists and writers deal effectively with deadlines without stealing. You just proved you aren't.