M. Alex Johnson – Journalist at Large

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Police Blotter of the Day: Man breaks into Sox GM’s home, defrosts lobster

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A Chicago man was arrested Monday for allegedly breaking into Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams’ house. …

[Wayne L.] Field apparently made himself at home. Police found him wearing Williams’ clothes and the GM’s 2005 World Series ring. He also apparently defrosted a lobster. …

Williams confirmed the incident and said the man drank his beer, ate frozen pizza, surfed the internet and kicked his shoes off on the bed.

Full story (WMAQ-TV of Chicago)

Written by Alex

November 22, 2011 at 10:30 am

Development of a story idea: Rooting for the home team? There’s a PAC for that

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Over at msnbc.com, where I hang my professional hat, I have a piece today examining the intersection of big-time sports and political activism in Washington:

If you’re among the many Americans who believe lobbyists are part of what’s wrong with this country, you should know this: If you’ve ever gone to a football, baseball, basketball or hockey game — or even watched one on TV — you have your own special interest groups pushing your agenda in Washington.

Even Ralph Nader is working for you. …

Leaders of the groups push a number of different agendas — fighting soaring ticket prices, league lockouts and television-rights deals that black out some fans, among others — but they come together on one issue: what they see as the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s exploitation of athletes and fans for profit.

Many believe the answer is to scrap the Bowl Championship Series, which purports to pit the two best college football teams in the country for the national championship, even though its postseason matchups are determined by pollsters and computers, not by on-the-field competition.

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Written by Alex

October 28, 2011 at 9:44 am

Reporting: Deadly virus hits horse circuit

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KSL-TV's Nadine Wimmer reportsCross-posted from msnbc.com, where it originally appeared. To read it in context, with all information boxes and art, click here.

Alice Rieckman has spent most of her life as a horsewoman. She runs Rieckman’s Arabians, a horse farm in Kennewick, Wash. Horses are constantly being brought in for training sessions and care or heading out for shows, but right now, none are being allowed into or out of the farm.

Washington is one of nine Western states where equine herpes virus 1, or EHV-1, has spread since it was first detected in early May at the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championship show in Ogden, Utah. So far 75 horses have been infected, 12 of which have been put down, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

None of the horses are at Rieckman’s Arabians, but Rieckman is taking no chances. She has quarantined the farm to make sure no horse that could have been at the show or exposed to one of them can endanger her animals.

“It really would be devastating to lose one or to have them get sick, because they can’t help themselves,” she said. “You know, they depend on us to keep them well.”

With the opening of the summer horse season under way, breeders, owners and exhibitors are deeply concerned. The National Cutting Horse Association has canceled all events nationwide through mid-June, hoping to to keep the virus in check.

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Why I Love Local News: High School Cheerleader Tackles Thief

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“I was in a strapless dress, yes.”

Full story, with video (KTVM-TV of Butte, Mont.)

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Written by Alex

July 30, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Dumb Crook News (NFL Division)

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You’d think he’d know better.

Bengals WR Arrested At Newport Bar

“While at Nebraska, Purify majored in criminal justice.”

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May 4, 2010 at 9:18 am

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Today’s Sports Report

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Neither manager Fredi Gonzalez nor president of baseball ops Larry Beinfest had any idea that the reason Ceda showed up to last year’s camp overweight was because he was essentially under house arrest in the Dominican Republic pending a criminal investigation.

Full story (WTVJ-TV of Miami)

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February 22, 2010 at 10:24 am

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