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The Reader’s Guide to Journalists

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Rule No. 52: All suburbs are “leafy.” They always have “well-manicured lawns.”

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April 4, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Utah woman tries to commit arson using bacon, police say

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IMAGE: Cameo Crispi mugshot

(Uintah County, Utah, Sheriff’s Office)

NAPLES, Uintah County — A Uintah County woman is accused of trying to set fire to her ex-boyfriend’s home with a pound of bacon left burning on a gas stove.

And here’s the best part:

Cameo Adawn Crispi, 31, was charged Wednesday in 8th District Court with arson, a third-degree felony.

Yes. Crispi. According to police, it was a Crispi bacon attack.

Full story (KSL-TV of Salt Lake City)

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March 28, 2014 at 6:36 pm

The Reader’s Guide to Journalists (Cont’d)

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Rule No. 43: A “wooded area” is any place with a tree. If there are two trees, it’s a “densely wooded area.”

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March 18, 2014 at 11:07 am

The Reader’s Guide to Journalists (Cont’d)

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Rule No. 41: All immigrants are “animated” or “vibrant.” Especially women.

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March 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

The Reader’s Guide to Journalists (Cont’d.)

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Rule No. 34: Sources we like say “going to” and “want to.” Sources we don’t like say “gonna” and “wanna.”

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March 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Grammar Day: ‘I would advise that you comply with our language laws’

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It’s National Grammar Day. It’s also the 19th anniversary of the death of the great comedian John Candy. To celebrate, here’s a clip from “Canadian Bacon” that brings them together.

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March 4, 2013 at 11:37 am

#JournalismRules update: ‘exclusive’; ‘scoop’

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I’ve updated The Reader’s Guide to Journalists with two new entries. Check it out and pass along your proposed rules.

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September 27, 2012 at 11:18 am