Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lyrics contest

Property crime: It's a laff riot!

2 suspects nabbed ... up on the roof
"On the roof, it's peaceful as can be, And there the world below don't bother me."

Well, Carole King's lyrics didn't exactly describe life for a pair of burglary suspects who were caught overnight on the roof of a north Charlotte business.


Once upon a time, kiddies, ledes like that were quietly taken out and put to sleep. But maybe a few more lyrical twists in cop coverage would be just the thing to help us all through These Tough Times. Thus, you are all invited to submit your favorite (or least favorite) lyrical cop/crime/fire/rescue/whatever ledes. Titles, first lines, choruses: If you can write a lede from it, send it in. Here are a few to get you started:

Under the boardwalk. That's where Jimmy Hoffa wasn't Tuesday, but that wasn't the fault of FBI agents who spent three hours looking for him.

In the ghetto: This homicide is four grafs on 3B and the one in Myers Park is on the front page.

I can't quit you, baby. That's what a naked man waving a fire extinguisher and a dozen long-stemmed roses must have been thinking when police found him in the parking lot of his ex-girlfriend's apartment late Wednesday.

The evening breeze/caressed the trees/tenderly. Seconds later, it turned into a howling F4 tornado, uprooting trees, downing power lines and killing at least 13 in this tiny Texas hamlet.

Who's next?

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Andy Bechtel said...

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Cops say that they will continue the fight against organized crime despite the presence of a new mob kingpin.

2:42 PM, February 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His name wasn't Smackwater Jack, but he took a shotgun ...

7:03 AM, February 26, 2009  
Anonymous rayb said...

Jumpin' Jack Flash, it's a gash, gash, gash

9:52 AM, February 26, 2009  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Should I stay or should I go? That's the question embattled CEOs are asking themselves...

Not the right kind of crime?

5:30 PM, February 26, 2009  
Anonymous Dan said...

A few real ones:

People hoping for an end to the legal saga over James Brown's estate won't feel good, even though they thought that they would.

Right after that little hurricane last year:
HOUSTON -- We've got a problem.
I've been waiting years for the opportunity to write that. Only this time, it's not a cliche.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A slight, skinny boy was convicted Monday of the adult-size crime of murder and ordered to spend five years with Missouri's Division of Youth Services.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- He did not pass go. He did not collect $200. Capt. Amanullah, a former mujahedeen commander, was held for 14 months in Bagram, a U.S. prison for terror suspects in Afghanistan.

7:36 PM, February 26, 2009  

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