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New Source?

A couple of days ago CBS reported on a new source of foreign news, GlobalPost.com. I waited to write about it until their site was up, which it now is.

This is a network of stringers who live all over the world who will be sending in stories about the areas they live in. Many are former foreign correspondents for media outlets who have been laid off in the latest round of cost cutting and consolidation.

The emphasis won’t be on the breaking stories, but on the real lives of these areas. It looks a lot like a community blog, but why not?

January 12, 2009   2 Comments

Dollars To Mackerel¹

CNN reports a local story: Authorities: Fake-emergency pilot under securities probe

(CNN) — A man whose financial management business is under investigation faked a life-or-death emergency in his private aircraft before secretly parachuting out and letting his plane crash in the Florida panhandle, authorities said Monday.

The pilot, identified as Marcus Schrenker, 38, later checked into a hotel in Alabama under a fake name and then put on a black cap and fled into woods, authorities in Alabama said, according to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in Milton, Florida.

So there’s an idiot with a pilot’s license who has been ripping off his clients and he needs to flee. Given the details in the article, I find it hard to believe that people trusted anyone this incompetent.

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January 12, 2009   6 Comments