This Week’s Newsletter (dated 1 July 2018) is the first in True’s 25th(!!) Year. It’s a solid issue with tragedy and comedy, and this blog post has examples of both. While you may seethe at the first story, you’re almost guaranteed to laugh by the end of this page. Let’s start with some outrage, remembering … Continue Reading
Originally posted 2 July 2018
I’m taking a quick break from writing the stories for this week’s issue to tell you why I’m rejecting a story, even though it’s mind-boggling in its implication. The story’s lead (or, as they say in the news biz, “lede”) paragraph: “The driver of a Department of Transportation snow plow was charged Monday with driving … Continue Reading
Originally posted 28 January 2018
In This Episode: Announcing a new podcast. Another No Longer Weird. And then there are the lying “Marijuana Overdose Death!” headlines: agenda-driven clickbait shockers that many other media outlets (“mainstream, legitimate” and otherwise) jumped on with without checking the facts first. It’s not only stupid and wrong, but completely misses the real problem that really does cause a shocking number of deaths. Plus: an Easter Egg at the end that shows what Kit is like when she doesn’t know the recorder is rolling!
Continue ReadingPodcast 019: The Headlines Lied
Originally posted 23 November 2017
In This Episode: A complaint about last week’s featured story, which leads to why prices online end in “77” (vs “.99” offline), another segment of No Longer Weird, and how to be so stupid you can get busted for possession of marijuana in Colorado — where pot is legal! Plus: why Uncommon Sense doesn’t have “sponsors”.
Continue ReadingPodcast 015: That’s Legal Now
Originally posted 20 October 2017
I know a story this week will raise eyebrows, so I’m posting it here so there’s a place to explore it a bit in the comments. Let’s start with the story, from the 9 October 2016 issue:
Continue ReadingDie Like a Dog
Originally posted 10 October 2016
Often, a photograph really completes a This is True story. This time, it’s another little snippet of media. Let’s start with the story, from True‘s 11 October 2015 issue:
Continue ReadingHow High is Too High?
Originally posted 12 October 2015
I don’t tell many stories about the ambulance calls I run on as a volunteer medic here in rural Ouray County, Colorado, but this one is worth telling. At 12:51 a.m. this past Saturday morning, my pager went off for an injured 16-year-old female, just a few miles from my house. It was in an odd location for a middle-of-the-night rescue, and as my wife and I got dressed, I was a bit confused.
Continue ReadingBonfire of the Gravities
Originally posted 30 May 2011
A reader has a very interesting point of view on True‘s stories — from the perspective of a (recovering) alcoholic.
Continue ReadingThe Drunk Zone
Originally posted 31 December 2010
With a title like that, I certainly couldn’t run the story without providing the photo! As usual, the story first, from True‘s 14 November 2010 issue:
Continue ReadingA Picture’s Worth a Thousand Laughs
Originally posted 15 November 2010
This is a study of contrasts: this story was so good that I ran it both in This is True and in the now-defunct Mug Shot Museum. First, the True treatment, from the 7 March 2010 issue:
Continue ReadingSmooth Move, Megan
Originally posted 8 March 2010
I’ve long railed against Zero Tolerance in True, with the first such story appearing way back in 1995. And there have been plenty more since.
Continue ReadingAnother ZT Success Story
Originally posted 21 September 2009
Another story that isn’t really complete without the photos mentioned. Even before I posted them, a couple of readers thought I was too hard on the guy. Let’s start with the story, from True‘s 19 July 2009 issue.
Continue ReadingDude! I Got Trashed Last Night!
Originally posted 24 July 2009
Episode #34: “Booze Meets Stupid” from True’s 25 January 2009 issue.
Continue ReadingWeird News Video #34 — Booze Meets Stupid
Originally posted 2 February 2009
Sometimes the photo that goes with a story is funnier than the story. Sometimes the story is pretty good all by itself. This one, from the 19 October 2008 issue, is a toss-up: I’m not sure which part is funnier. First, the story:
Continue ReadingUdderly Ridiculous Photo
Originally posted 20 October 2008
Episode #10: Right Here In River City! From True’s 10 August 2008 issue.
Continue ReadingWeird News Video #10 — DUI D’oh!
Originally posted 10 August 2008
A tremendous number of zero tolerance stories pass in front of me as I search for stories for True, and (contrary to what some readers think) I pass by most of them. I’ve previously encouraged those who are truly wronged by ZT to consider suing their schools.
The family of Savana Redding, who was 13 when she was ZTd on October 8, 2003, did just that, suing the school district and school officials with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union. The suit was thrown out, but they appealed, and after two rounds got a strongly worded victory from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit — but with a shockingly thin 6-5 margin.
Continue ReadingZT v. Savana Redding: a Court Decision
Originally posted 14 July 2008
Another one of those stories that just begs for a photo. From True’s 9 March 2008 issue:
Continue ReadingA Lingering Image
Originally posted 14 March 2008
Stories in True can almost always stand on their own, without illustration. But now and then, a photo really adds to the story. In the case of a so-called “beauty queen” law student who allegedly committed a major crime, it is definitely enhanced by a couple of photos. First, the story, from the 6 January 2008 issue.
(Trust me: Scroll down slowly! Read the story first, then scroll down to see the first picture, and then go down to see the second one. Really — it’s worth it.)
Continue ReadingKumari Fulbright Mugshot
Originally posted 7 January 2008
Remember the story from last week about the high schoolers that created an anti-drunk-driving t-shirt after their classmates were killed in an accident? Well, I got a lot of comments on it. Let’s start first with the story:
Continue ReadingCould Be Idiots
Originally posted 5 November 2007
Well of course I have the photos of the bikini-clad fireman. But first things first — here’s the story:
Continue ReadingPublic Humiliation vs. Real Punishment
Originally posted 7 May 2007