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Posts published in “Day: September 13, 2014”

Just a little copying

idaho RANDY

Noted here: The quote within the next paragraph is not mine originally. I came across it in an online New Yorker piece, dated July 29.

It follows a note that the term plagiarism evolved from a gang of ancient-times Romans called the plagiarii, who were known for kidnapping slaves. The poet Martial, who made the connection, wrote, “If you allow them to be called mine, I will send you my verses gratis; if you wish them to be called yours, pray buy them, that they may be mine no longer.”

He was suggesting a level of seriousness that politicians ought to observe. Others too of course. Students have flunked out when caught cheating by way of copying. Teachers have been fired (such as, a year ago, a Brown University professor said to have used unattributed material in a book). Journalists have lost their careers. Bloggers get sued.

Some politicians have wriggled past records of plagiarizing. Russia's Vladimir Putin got away with an extravagant 16-page copying incident because – well, who was going to nail him for it?

In this country, things are a little different. Then-Senator Joe Biden, who in 1987 had launched a credible campaign for president, saw his political advancement derailed for 20 years after he was caught using unattributed language from a British politician's speech.

Earlier this summer, Montana Democratic Senator John Walsh was found to have, years ago in graduate school, used writing from others without attribution in one of his papers. He soon after withdrew from the Senate race. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been accused of a string of smaller-scale unattributed copies; whatever consequences may arise from that are yet to come, but if he runs for president they will dog him and weigh him down.

That history of taking the offense seriously is one reason it has become a big deal in the Idaho superintendent of public instruction race, where Republican Sherri Ybarra's campaign lifted about a web page's worth of material from the site of her opponent, Democrat Jana Jones. (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

FCC investigates Idaho's broadband deal (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register)
Hop farmers benefiting from craft brewing (Boise Statesman)
At Mtn Home, A-10 crafts nears end of life (Boise Statesman)
Boise County sends murder case on road (IF Post Register)
WSU regents okay medical school (Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News)
WSU names building for Keith Jackson (Moscow News)
Four-way stop set for Middleton-Linden (Nampa Press Tribune)
Sportsplex Idaho names Meridian for site (Nampa Press Tribune)
Salmon Reservoir has toxic algae (TF Times News)

Lots of salmon in Columbia runs (Eugene Register Guard)
Participants try ballot issue speed deciding (Eugene Register Guard)
UO seeking smarter students (Eugene Register Guard)
Movie company boosts rural Klamath (KF Herald & News)
Canal might run under Highway 39 (KF Herald & News)
Jackson renews library operations contract (Medford Tribune)
Quake might demolissh I-5 viaduct (Medford Tribune)
Fish and game fees may rise (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Marijuana legalization debate in Portland (Portland Oregonian, Salem Statesman Journal)
False alarm at Mt St Helens eruption (Salem Statesman Journal)

Bremerton port may sell development property (Bremerton Sun)
Enterovirus may be spreading in Washington (Everett Herald)
Whitehorse trail near Oso may be restored (Everett Herald, Olympian)
66 pot tickets from one office may be dropped (Seattle Times)
Lt gov fined on ethics charge on band fundraisers (Seattle Times)
Spokane cops consider video strategy (Spokane Spokesman)
Work begins on Steilacoom bridge (Tacoma News Tribune)
Group fights Clark Co home rule plan (Vancouver Columbian)
Powers of C-Tran board depend on members (Vancouver Columbian)
WSU regents okay medical school (Yakima Herald Republic)