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CHARLES LINDBERGH WON THE PRIZE BUT DID HIS RIVAL GET THERE FIRST?

French flying enthusiast Bernard Decre says that a newly-found 1927 U.S. Coast Guard telegram suggests that French aviator Charles Nungesser may have actually been the first to cross the Atlantic non-stop, passing over Newfoundland but perishing in a crash, according to the Wall Street Journal. . .How did vet religion scribe Pat Rice, a retiree of the Post-Dispatch, learn in the summer of ’03 about Archbishop Justin Rigali’s impending promotion to become Philadelphia’s Cardinal? A 23 year-old Philly college student Rocco Pelmo called her out of the blue and said, “No archbishop had ever left St. Louis before, and that somebody would was amazing.” Rice told the Baltimore Sun this week, in a profile of Pelmo, “That was the first time I knew that this kid had incredible contacts,” The young man’s blog, “Whispering in the Loggia,” has since become widely-read among Catholic insiders. . .Former P-D skilled scribe Joe Mahr, now with The Chicago Tribune, just completed a lengthy investigation showing that “convicted rapists, molesters and other violent felons” are getting paychecks from Illinois’ Dept. of Human Services for babysitting kids from lower income families (so their moms and dads can work). The money comes from an otherwise praise-worthy $750 million a-year program that subsidizes child care for more than 150,000 impoverished families. Mahr’s probe found that the agency “poorly vetted babysitters for years,” and even now “lacks safeguards to weed out babysitters who watch children while living in the homes of sex offenders and other felons”. . .

MEDIA MIX

The saga that won’t end. Since Lisa Zigman‘s story about illegally parked cop cars at headquarters, the the police officers got wind of it and began ticketing ticketing the illegal KSDK, Chanel 5 vans. The station got tons of them. Then, it seemed the station was stiffing the penalties. It now appears that Channel 5 has had registrations revoked on four vehicles due to unpaid tickets. The vehicles have sat unused in the parking garage because management refuses to pay the fines that the news crews received. It appears the station is so short of vehicles, that one news crew has to wait for another to return before they could use the wheels to get a story. Zigman? Nice going!. ..And, what changes will local viewers notice after style consultant Patti Shayne‘s meeting with the Channel 5 reportage staffl? Well, for one thing, most female anchors there are now wearing a lot more purple . . . The investigative team at the Post-Dispatch has been wiped out as the last few investigative journalists are ankling the paper. At its height, the Post had five full-time investigative reporters. After four years there, Joe Mahr is leaving to join an investigative slot at the bankrupt Chicago Tribune. Data guru Kevin Crowe, who handled databases for the newsroom, is headed for greener pastures at the Watchdog Institute, a data-driven investigative reporting agency in San Diego. Jaimi Dowdell,  the computer assisted-reporting editor, went to work for Investigative Reporters and Editors, as a training director for computer-assisted reporting. Meanwhile, a columnist is currently grieving a one-day suspension for allegedly not attributing information she used in her column. The staff had to be reminded about the rules of attribution in the paper’s rule book. The editors wrote, “We recently had a violation of our sourcing and attribution policy in a blog post by a staff member, that included information (including direct quotes) that was previously published in an article elsewhere and not credited.” But, some things are looking up at 900 N. Tucker Blvd. The newsroom – after unloading more than one-third of its staff in buyouts and layoffs – is now hiring: a feature writer; a healthcare reporter and a data specialist to fill Crowe’s slot. . . And, metals guru Ben Fixman says his autobiography will hit the bookstalls any day. Titled “From the Ghetto to Gold,” the book to be turned out by Artful Tale, LLC, includes his landmark, $105 million judgement against AT&T.


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