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APR 17, 2015 - Poynter

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How the Tampa Bay Times followed a mailman’s flight to the capital

A police device rolls toward a copter device, right, that landed on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) Ben Montgomery started running. He sprinted, pushing himself as fast as he could go, burdened by a backpack containing his laptop. His quarry, which started out as a distant speck in the skies over Washington, ...

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APR 17, 2015 - Poynter

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The Tampa Bay Times should have alerted authorities earlier

A police device rolls toward a copter device, right, that landed on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)The Tampa Bay Times was wrong. That is my reluctant conclusion after reading the story “Ruskin flier eludes Capitol air security.”  The story, well known by now, concerns Doug Hughes, an eccentric postal worker who committed ...

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APR 16, 2015 - Poynter

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NBC News offers new version of events for Richard Engel’s kidnapping

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. A harrowing tale questioned On Wednesday, NBC News published a story by chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel that offered a new account of his 2012 captivity in Syria. Central to the story is the revelation that his captors staged "an elaborate ruse" to convince Engel and his fellow journalists that they were Shiite ...

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APR 15, 2015 - Poynter

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Tampa Bay Times knew about gyrocopter stunt months in advance

The Tampa Bay Times was made aware of a Florida man’s intent to land a gyrocopter on the lawn of the United States Capitol Building last summer, according to a statement from Tampa Bay Times managing editor Jennifer Orsi released this evening: Last summer, postal worker Doug Hughes contacted Times reporter Ben Montgomery, who was not previously acquainted with him. ...

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APR 15, 2015 - Yahoo! News

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Man flies gyrocopter to US Capitol to protest government corruption

US Capitol Police in Washington, DC have detained a man after he flew a personal gyrocopter through restricted airspace and landed it on the West Lawn of the Capitol building. Reports indicate that police arrived immediately after the pilot, 61-year-old Doug Hughes, touched down. Hughes is a US postal worker from Ruskin, Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times, and orchestrated ...

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