Monday, June 18, 2007


And this just in from the crosstown competition:

Man exposed himself to child, officials say
Sounds pretty serious. Since it's in the hed, do you suppose it's true?

An Odessa man is in custody for allegedly exposing himself over the Internet to a Boone County sheriff’s detective posing as a teenage girl.

Uh, guess not.

Odessa police arrested Alleged Cluelessgoober, 24, Friday at his home and seized a computer and a Web cam under a search warrant, according to a news release from the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force.

The investigation started in January after Cluelessgoober contacted a person he believed to be a 13-year-old Boone County girl over the Internet. The "girl" was actually a task force investigator, Boone County sheriff’s detective Andy Anderson said.

Blink! Blink! Scare quotes! So if you "ignored" the "lede," you could still "catch on" that the "girl" wasn't "actually" a "girl" at "all."

Why complain? Well, it's sort of Brave New Week Of Inventing The Future Of News Week around here, and it's hard to see why we should even bother if we can't even read our own ledes.


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