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Sheboygan: Sex-offender mug shots tell a story

November 30, 2008

A montage of mug shots occupying most of the front page shows all 272 convicted sex offenders in Sheboygan County, Wisc. It illustrates a fine Sheboygan Press story today, analyzing the demographics of sex crime perpetrators.

Nearly 70% of the cases involved crimes against children, the Press‘s Eric Litke found. His story is the first in a two-part series that includes a searchable online sex-offender database. (It looks like the Press didn’t publish cutlines, identifying each of the 272 photos; judge for yourself, with this more readable view.) Photo illustration by Sam Castro and Gary C. Klein, Press, via Newseum.

I’m flat-out amazed that the Press and Litke dared to even take on that package. I once reported on dozens of county jail guards at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., who were escaping punishment for workplace infractions that included deliberately beating inmatess. We ran mugs and bios of the five worst cases — all of them still on the jail force. After the story ran, one of them called me and left a specifically threatening message — on my voice mail! And he got off! This kind of work is hard and dangerous. Kudos, Sheboygan!

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Vermont: Snow, and silver lining to economic crisis

November 23, 2008

Jim Roettger stands at the top of the Super Bravo lift at Vermont’s Sugarbush on Saturday, his beard reflecting conditions as the 2008-09 ski season starts. The slowing national economy could benefit the state’s 17 alpine resorts, if more East Coast residents spend winter vacations closer to home, rather than at more expensive slopes in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, The Burlington Free Press says today. Photo by Mark Gould, Free Press, via Newseum.

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In Obama, visualizing a rising power constellation

November 7, 2008

“Who’s got the power?” USA Today‘s Susan Page asks this morning, in a story illustrating seven growing “power centers” of the nascent Barack Obama administration. “Washington is a tribal town, and the election of a new chief — make that commander in chief — is sparking the most extensive reordering of influence and access since George W. Bush moved in eight years ago.”

Related: Don’t miss USAT‘s cool exit-poll graphic; it lets you slice and dice data from nearly 18,000 voters on Tuesday.

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Phoenix: In rare sighting, a pair of big scissors!

October 2, 2008

It’s been eons since I saw a metro paper publish a ribbon-cutting ceremony photo. But there it is, on today’s Arizona Republic site, illustrating a story about the opening of a hotel. (As a long-time business reporter, I’ve always wondered if there’s a vendor that sells big scissors, oversized checks, “gold”-plated shovels and other chamber of commerce essentials.)

Cutlines Only: Gustav cleanup starts in Mississippi

September 4, 2008

Boats left in Pass Christian Harbor litter the area long U.S. 90, two days after a weakened Hurricane Gustav hit the Louisiana coast, west of New Orleans, The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., says. Photo by Brian Albert Broom, Clarion-Ledger via Newseum.

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Cutlines Only: A desert swimmer heads to Olympics

August 4, 2008

Rancho Mirage resident Lynette Lim practices with the Piranhas swim team in nearby Palm Springs, Calif., as she prepares to compete in the Summer Olympics, The Desert Sun said yesterday. The year’s No. 1 sports event begins Friday in China’s Beijing, with the opening ceremonies. Photo by Marilyn Chung, Sun via Newseum.

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Cutlines Only: Mourning a child’s death in Visalia

July 28, 2008

Reyes DeJesus Lopez and Maricela Rosales mourn the death of their daughter, Leyla Cariña Lopez Rosales, 15 months, at their home in Central California’s Orosi. The toddler was critically injured when Marciela, 19, backed over her daughter in a driveway last Wednesday, the Visalia Times-Delta says today. “It was an accident,” said Rosales, clutching at her only child’s stuffed monkey. Photo by Teresa Douglass, Times-Delta via Newseum.

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Cutlines Only: The Indianapolis Star

July 23, 2008

The roof of Cliff Johnson’s home in Fishers, Ind., was gutted after lightning struck and sparked a fire early Tuesday; he and his wife and two sons escaped safely, The Indianapolis Star says today. Photo by Matt Detrich, Star via Newseum.

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Earlier: Rochester’s Kane named new Indy Star publisher

Cutlines Only: USA Today

July 15, 2008

Ren Yongqing, 83, is one of the last surviving shamans of the Qiang ethnic group in China, decimated two months ago by a massive earthquake. More than 30,000 Qiang died in the quake — almost half of the 69,000 people killed, USA Today says this morning. The Qiang, known in China as the “people in the clouds,” lost about 10% of their population. Photo by Calum MacLeod via Newseum.

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Cutlines Only: The Des Moines Register

July 10, 2008

Railroad workers inspect a train that derailed Wednesday near Guttenberg, Iowa, after a garage-sized boulder broke loose from a soggy bluff, rolled 200 feet and smashed into the tracks — throwing locomotives and freight cars into the Mississippi River, the Des Moines Register said today. Photo by Sally Morrow, Register via Newseum.

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