Zero Tolerance is insidious. An abdication of common sense and professional ethics, in schools it seeks to apply one punishment — suspension, usually leading to expulsion — to any level of “crime.”
I had a pretty full weekend — I’m writing this while sitting in the airport, waiting for my plane to get me the rest of the way home. I had a very interesting trip to Washington D.C.; election time makes the town even more surreal than usual. My report next week will get into that a little bit more.
I just had to post this guy’s mug shot after a subscriber wrote to say he thought it was odd that the woman so quickly thought the man was suspicious. First, here’s the story:
What is it with men who want to fly under balloons? I don’t mean hot air balloons, I mean toy balloons. This one’s a priest — he just wanted to get closer to God, I guess. From True’s 27 April 2008 edition:
Two stories this week have photos to go with them. First, the dangerous desperado and the dual damsels:
Two stories this week have photos: the sexy mayor of Arlington, Ore., and the idiot robber using a bottle of cologne as a weapon.
First, the moron.
Another one of those stories that just begs for a photo. From True’s 9 March 2008 issue:
A tagline on a story this week is a homage to a popular subtype of humor email I get from friends from time to time: photos of (usually) Chinese people carrying impossibly huge loads on little motorbikes.
I thought many readers would like to see the photos that go with a story from the 10 February 2008 issue, and maybe you will have examples of other “inappropriate” products, especially for children. First, the story:
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.
Sometimes newspaper editors do their work mechanically, not paying any attention whatever to what they’re printing — even on the front page. And I have the photos to prove it. From True’s 23 December 2007 issue:
In last week’s issue there was the story of an alleged robber who wrapped his head in duct tape as a disguise. But I forgot that I had photos of this brain surgeon to show you! But first, the story, from the 9 September issue:
I have a photo of the guy in the wheelchair, still stuck in the truck’s grille, from the story in this week’s issue. But first, the story:
Another example of a photo really adding to a story. From True‘s 25 June 2006 issue:
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So much for taping drunk drivers stumbling around. This cop had a much better use for his vehicle camera system, spending hours of on-duty time making, and later watching, recordings. From True’s 5 March 2006 issue:
Hey: the priest didn’t have any problem with it. From True’s 4 December 2005 issue — just another story that simply needs to have a photo included.
Each month, Premium subscribers get an extra story without a tagline, which they’re invited to supply — otherwise known as the monthly Tagline Challenge.