Rule No. 57: Adding “-gate” to a noun means we think something’s fishy here but no one’s been convicted yet.
To celebrate this auspicious return, I thought I’d answer the question I’m most often asked: Why the hell is your byline M. Alex Johnson?
Until about four years ago, I thought journalists who tacked an initial in front of their name — an initial initial, so to speak — were pompous. Then two things happened:
Rule No. 56: All heroes are “unsung” up until the moment they appear on morning network television.
Rule No. 55: A person is “well-known” if spell-check doesn’t underline his or her name in red.
Rule No. 54: “At first glance” means we started with this lede, but the reporting didn’t pan out.
Rule No. 53: Any place that isn’t New York, Boston, Los Angeles or San Francisco is “the heartland.”
Police Blotter of the Day: Suspect says that’s not my pot — it was already in the car when I stole it
LIVERMORE FALLS — Police said a Jay man was adamant that the marijuana police found in the car he was driving was not his because he had just stolen the car.
Full story (Franklin, Maine, Sun Journal)