M. Alex Johnson – Journalist at Large

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Every copy editor’s worst nightmare

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(Thanks to KXAN-TV of Austin, Texas)

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May 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm

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Reporting: New diet rules curb Meals on Wheels

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Cross-posted from msnbc.com, where it originally appeared.

Federal guidelines meant to help Americans eat healthier foods are straining Meals on Wheels and other nonprofits already laboring to make sure the elderly get enough to eat at all.

Lanakila Meals on Wheels in Honolulu, Hawaii, already has a waiting list of 90 people, most of them elderly, who have asked for food the organization can’t afford to provide.

The program can always use more volunteers, but what it really needs now is money. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 29, 2011 at 10:16 am

Police Blotter of the Day: A new meaning for ‘panty raid’

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Detectives from the Dallas Police Departments Crimes Against Persons Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating an aggravated robbery suspect who robbed the Exxon Tigermart at 2503 Lemmon Ave. This offense took place on August 16, 2011 at 5:25 AM. The case was documented on report #216965-Y.

In the attached surveillance video, the suspect is seen entering the store wearing what appears to be a black and white flower dress with white boots. His face is also covered with what appears to be under garments. He demands money from the cashier and a patron while holding what could possibly be a gun under the dress. He then flees the store in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as a white male, 5’05” and weighing 145 lbs.

Anyone with information on this suspect or this offense suspect is asked to call the Dallas Police Robbery Unit at (214) 671-3464.

Full posting (Dallas Police Department via The Dallas Observer)

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August 18, 2011 at 9:43 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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Police Blotter of the Day: Dude, it’s Taco Bell — it’s not worth it

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“San Antonio Police say a man upset about an incorrect fast food order opened fire at police and barricaded himself inside and east side hotel room for several hours Sunday.

“Police say the unidentified man pulled a gun at the Taco Bell KFC restaurant at 410 and Rigsby and then went to his car and re-entered the restaurant with an assault rifle. When officers tried to stop him at W.W. White and Hershey, he exited the vehicle and exchanged shots with three officers. No one was injured. …

“Police say he’s facing three counts of attempted capital murder for firing at the officers.”

Full story (WOAI-TV of San Antonio, Texas)

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March 21, 2011 at 8:44 am

Reporting: ‘Voluntary’ immigration program really isn’t

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Cities and counties can’t stop U.S. immigration officials from sifting through local police records to root out illegal immigrants, even though Immigration and Customs Enforcement has characterized the program as voluntary since it started up two years ago, federal documents show. …

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October 15, 2010 at 7:25 am