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Arrest? What Arrest?

Do You Believe This Guy?

Okay, now the Sun-Sentinel is just being stubborn. Again, it didn't put a story about the JonBenet Ramsey murder arrest on the front page. And again, most every other newspaper did, including the Post and Herald. You almost have to admire the Sentinel's stick-to-itiveness.

And maybe they were just smarter than everybody else. This guy John Mark Karr looks more and more like a kook who was put on a pedestal by a crackpot. During that bizarre little press conference in Thailand, Karr looked like a liar -- his mostly expressionless face tightened every time he claimed to have been involved in the killing, a good sign that he wasn't being truthful. With his ex-wife saying he was with her in Georgia when JonBenet was killed -- Christmas-time -- and the fact that the killer almost had to have known the Ramseys and known the layout of their house before the crime was committed, it's highly doubtful this strange buttoned-up schmuck had anything to do with it.

But it's not impossible and it's still a great story. I go along with the New York Times' Virginia Heffernan, who wrote in June: "To be indifferent to the 1996 JonBenet Ramsey homicide case is not to be admirably above a sordid story. It is to be worryingly incurious."

-- Jac Versteeg has an interesting take on the movie World Trade Center on a Palm Beach Post blog. It occurred to me the other day that Oliver Stone could be doing the Republican Party a huge solid with this flick.

-- It's the ten-year anniversary of Gary Webb's "Dark Alliance" series in the San Jose Mercury News. The Los Angeles Times published a great piece about Webb from OC Weekly Editor Nick Schou (via Romenesko).

-- A New Times' promotion that includes a contest to win a free boob job is getting attention far and wide. Gawker goofed on it and the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies is featuring it on their web site. The problem is that they are calling it a "Miami New Times" promotion, when in fact it is an NTBPB deal, the brainchild of Marketing Manager Inga Baekkelund. Let's give credit -- or whatever you might want to give -- where it's due, people.

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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