M. Alex Johnson – Journalist at Large

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Police Blotter of the Day: Cheese Danish road rage attack

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“The video shows a man get out of his car, approach the victim with a cream cheese Danish pastry in his hand. He proceeds to smear it on the man’s windshield while sharing a some choice words before he gets back in his car and takes off.

“‘He’s chewing on it walking toward his car. At that point he starts smearing his Danish all over my windshield, and I’m just like, “Yeah, alright. Good for you,”‘ he said. …

“Turns out the man with a temper when it comes to transportation works for the Department of Transportation, directing traffic on the very ferry route Schiller takes everyday.”

Full story (KING-TV of Seattle)

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June 21, 2011 at 10:16 am

Police Blotter of the Day: Woman tries to trade salad for drugs

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“A 33-year-old woman was charged Monday with trying to trade an undercover police officer $2 and a box of salad from the Salt Lake City Olive Garden for $10 worth of cocaine. …

“[T]he woman told the undercover officer … that she would also return later with more money or Olive Garden gift cards in exchange for the cocaine, charging documents state.”

Full story (Salt Lake Tribune)

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May 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Schools cut lunch options for kids who struggle to pay

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New federal nutrition regulations are in the works that could put an even bigger strain on the finances of already-struggling school meal programs. To encourage eligible children to sign up for federally subsidized free or reduced-price meals, some meal programs are serving them shrunken “alternate” lunches, often just two slices of bread, a slice of cheese and a 4-ounce juice cup.

If a school can get more eligible children enrolled, its direct costs go down because the federal government picks up more of the bill. Slenderized lunches, administrators say, are simply part of an aggressive campaign to make families aware of the benefit and get them signed up.

“If they need assistance, we give them assistance,” said Wayne Nagy, the Lee County district’s food and nutrition services director. But “if they don’t need assistance, we expect them to pay.”

Is that a creative way to address a shortage of school funding, or is it just punishing lower-income children? Hit the comments and let me know.

Full story (Alex Johnson/msnbc.com)

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February 21, 2011 at 8:12 am

David Carr sure loves to eat

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David Carr with a pork bun (Grubstreet Chicago)

David Carr has a terrific analysis of “The Social Network” in today’s New York Times, landing on a smart point about the complications that arise when a visuals-obsessed director like David Fincher shoots a script by a wordnik like Aaron Sorkin. It’s worth finding time to read.

If you do, you’ll also get classic example of a David Carr trope: the “Look at me, I’ve got an expense account and get to dine with famous people!” throwaway line.

It comes in the 12th graf today:

Mr. Sorkin acknowledged the odd couple nature of the pairing. “This is not intuitively the perfect marriage of director and material,” Mr. Sorkin said over a dinner at the Sunset Towers here.

That sort of construction pops up a lot in Mr. Carr’s work:

• Christopher Weekes, a writer-director who came all the way from Sydney to show “Bitter and Twisted,” a suburban seriocomedy that is one of the more talked-about features at the festival, said over a lunch of organic chicken and Kobe beef that New York had something all directors crave.

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September 17, 2010 at 9:22 am