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Friday, November 7, 2008

Lede of the Week

posted by on November 7 at 16:19 PM

I will have the first four paragraphs of this story, from the BBC, tattooed on bicep:

A suspected Italian mobster who went into a clinic for liposuction surgery has ended up losing more than his excess weight.

Domenico Magnoli, a suspected cocaine trafficker, also lost his freedom.

Soon after he regained consciousness, police officers disguised as nurses and visitors bearing flowers arrested him in his hospital room.

We performed a little operation of our own,” police spokesman Col Aldo Jacobello said.

I would only move the “said” in the last sentence so it immediately follows the quote. Other than that, it’s a crown of splendor.


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Nice photo! Oh when will the persecution of my people cease???

Posted by StrangerDanger | November 7, 2008 4:25 PM

He'll have a long time to chew the fat... with his new cell mates.

Struggling for more one-liners here.

Posted by David | November 7, 2008 4:31 PM

This is my favorite post of the day.

Posted by Lindy West | November 7, 2008 4:33 PM

@2: I know! It's the joke that cannot be improved!

"We performed a little operation of our own," is cop genius.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | November 7, 2008 4:34 PM

"sucks" to be him! GET IT?!

Posted by Damien | November 7, 2008 4:43 PM

Still a bullshit journalism-school word.

Posted by Greg | November 7, 2008 4:59 PM

"We came bearing more than flowers," Jacobello said. "We came bearing justice."

No, still no improvement.

Posted by David | November 7, 2008 5:21 PM

I didn't go to journalism school—I learned that word from Jen Graves. Who didn't go to journalism school, either.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | November 7, 2008 5:41 PM

Well, it's very British. In a Daily Mail vein.

Posted by Garth | November 7, 2008 7:10 PM

I can't be the only one wanting to see pictures of the police disguised as nurses!

Posted by K X One | November 7, 2008 7:59 PM

Lede is just used at this point to annoy you.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | November 8, 2008 5:46 PM

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