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Oct 23, 201304:27 PM

Cheat Sheet: October 23, 2013

Associated Press fires Bob Lewis

The Associated Press has fired its veteran Virginia politics reporter Bob Lewis because of an erroneous report about gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. The move came as a shock to the politicians and journalists who have worked with Lewis during his two-decade tenure in Richmond. The decision was made on Monday, following an Oct. 9 report in which Lewis alleged that McAuliffe had lied to a federal official investigating a death benefits scam. The AP retracted the story less than two hours after it went up, and Lewis immediately took responsibility for the mistake. Dena Potter, the Richmond-based news editor who edited Lewis’s report, has also been fired. (Source)

14-year-old student arrested in slaying of Danvers High teacher

The body of 24-year-old math teacher Colleen Ritzer was found in the woods behind Danvers High School in Massachusetts. A student, Philip D. Chism, 14, is being held without bail at his arraignment in Salem District Court. Judge Matthew Nestor approved funds for a mental competency evaluation. Chism is to be tried as an adult. A probable cause hearing has been slated for Nov. 22. (Source)

Ohio kidnapping survivors to write book

Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, two of the three women held captive for a decade in a Cleveland house are collaborating with a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Washington Post reporters for a planned book about their ordeal. The two women will work with the Post’s Mary Jordan, a Cleveland native, and her husband and fellow reporter, Kevin Sullivan. Interest in the book would likely be based on the popularity of another kidnapping survivor’s memoir, Jaycee Dugard’s A Stolen Life. (Source)

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