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Gang Rape Story Lacked Balance (says NYT public editor)
New York Times ^ | March 11, 2011 | ARTHUR S. BRISBANE

Posted on 03/12/2011 3:22:24 AM PST by reaganaut1

The story quickly climbed The Times’s “most emailed” list but not just because of the sensational facts of the crime involved. “Vicious Assault Shakes Texas Town,” published on Tuesday, reported the gang rape by 18 boys and men of an 11-year-old girl in the East Texas town of Cleveland.

The viral distribution of the story was, at least in part, because of the intense outrage it inspired among readers who thought the piece pilloried the victim.

My assessment is that the outrage is understandable. The story dealt with a hideous crime but addressed concerns about the ruined lives of the perpetrators without acknowledging the obvious: concern for the victim.

While the story appeared to focus on the community’s reaction to the crime, it was not enough to simply report that the community is principally concerned about the boys and men involved – as this story seems to do. If indeed that is the only sentiment to be found in this community – and I find that very hard to believe – it becomes important to report on that as well by seeking out voices of professional authorities or dissenting community members who will at least address, and not ignore, the plight of the young girl involved.

Let’s consider the particulars:

The story by James C. McKinley Jr. reported that residents of the town noted the girl dressed “older than her age,” wore makeup and fashions “more appropriate to a woman in her 20s” and hung out with older boys at the playground.

The story also quoted one resident, saying, “Where was her mother? What was her mother thinking?”

Referring to some of the defendants in the case, the same resident was quoted saying, “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.”

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The Times sympathizes with child rapists when they are black.

A British newspaper, the Daily Mail, does a better job of reporting the story: Horrific gang rape of 11-year-old girl sparks racial tension as all the accused are black and the victim Hispanic .

1 posted on 03/12/2011 3:22:31 AM PST by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

It’s in their official stylebook that black on white, hispanic, asian crime is to be attributed to George Bush and white racism.

( Also the desire of most of the Times male staff to want to be gang rapped by black men, and if possible at a chic local. )


2 posted on 03/12/2011 3:30:16 AM PST by Leisler (Our debts are someone's profit. Follow the money, the vig.....)
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To: reaganaut1
The muslim approach seems evident here, if the female hadn't been born a female she would not have been raped, it is all her fault!

There is something drastically lacking or warped in any male who can take part in something like this. None of them should walk free, ever again.

3 posted on 03/12/2011 3:32:41 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: reaganaut1

This kind of reporting caused violence. People learn that justice must be sought through one’s own means.


4 posted on 03/12/2011 3:33:14 AM PST by Sarah-bot
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
None of them should walk free, ever again.

18 bullets. And send the bill to the local community organizer.

5 posted on 03/12/2011 3:36:54 AM PST by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: reaganaut1

>> The Times sympathizes with child rapists when they are black.

What was NYT’s opinion on the Duke LAX players...


6 posted on 03/12/2011 3:38:17 AM PST by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: reaganaut1

I read about this story yesterday when it was reported in a local Texas newspaper.

I was appalled by some of the comments made by locals who felt too much was being made of this rape. All the males involved in the gang rape are black, and some in the black community of this small town of 8,000 insisted that white men rape little black girls all the time - and get away with it!


7 posted on 03/12/2011 3:38:29 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: reaganaut1

Some would still say that these fine youths are simply reacting to the injustices of a White Man’s world, where the cards are invariably stacked against them.

I say that this is what you get when, through the dummying down of public schools, the empowering of the NEA, the embracing of criminal culture, and the installation of sweeping transgenerational welfare and housing programs, you rob people of their basic pride and decency.

This girl is a victim of much more than rape.


8 posted on 03/12/2011 3:42:26 AM PST by golux
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To: SatinDoll

I don’t object to this story being reported, I just object to the headline. The headline works to diminish the crime, and I think that type of reporting causes people to grab their guns, in the pursuit of justice.


9 posted on 03/12/2011 3:44:31 AM PST by Sarah-bot
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To: reaganaut1

20+ plus men rape 11 year old girl.....But it’s racism to accuse the men of rape....


10 posted on 03/12/2011 3:44:37 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: reaganaut1

maybe McKinley, the original writer of the story could have his 11 y old daughter gang raped by 18 black men so he could lament their reputations.

Liberal pukes like this make me wish I could meet them face to face in an alley so I could show them the label on the bottom of my boot.


11 posted on 03/12/2011 3:45:53 AM PST by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: golux

BINGO!!!!

Our society is doomed due to the level of stupidty in people under the age of 30!

I am amazed daily when dealing with this age group!


12 posted on 03/12/2011 3:48:33 AM PST by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: reaganaut1

And Quannell X, a local Jess Jackson wannabe, is already out screaming RACISM!

Put him in stocks and flog him while they’re hanging these 18 (and more, I don’t think that is the final number) in the town square.

Rape is a capital crime in Texas.


13 posted on 03/12/2011 3:48:57 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Hardraade

The fact that prominent “black leaders” are excusing, even justifying this is scary, it is the kind of multiculturism most damaging to society. I don’t care if 11 year old girls run around the streets naked, screaming “take me” there is no way a child that age can give moral or legal consent, not in our culture and society anyway.


14 posted on 03/12/2011 3:50:25 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: reaganaut1
“These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.”

That's when the gagging starts

15 posted on 03/12/2011 3:50:33 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: SatinDoll

Those who insist that too much was made of the story seem to have no higher expectations of young black men; here in the northeast it got so bad you’d have news stories detailing a robbery, and police asking people to call this or that number with tips, then only giving a height and clothing description of the perps - race is deliberately omitted!

Those in denial may want to continue Obama’s illusion that there is a non-white alliance, which is just that: an illusion.


16 posted on 03/12/2011 3:50:53 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: FreedomPoster

Why that’s racist racism.


17 posted on 03/12/2011 3:51:35 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Lessthantolerant
Our society is doomed due to the level of stupidty in people under the age of 30!

No moral compass...no common sense...thank you, public schools; thank you, parents.

18 posted on 03/12/2011 3:52:37 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Lessthantolerant

“Our society is doomed due to the level of stupidty in people under the age of 30!”

Well, they were tech-savvy enough to take and distribute photos of the gang-rape (despite the fact that they probably can’t read “The Three Little Pigs”).

We had the “schoolyard shootings” up here in Newark a few years ago, where Hispanics (including at least one illegal) shot some black high school kids in a playground one night for no apparent reason. While it bothered the community because the victims seemed to be decent people, nobody even asked why the shooters did it; it is to be expected. Despite all the PC nonsense and news blackouts, most people here in NJ know there are many areas you just can’t be in after dark (and too often at mid-day).


19 posted on 03/12/2011 3:57:02 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: golux

The observation that larger forces are at work, if it stops there, ignores the elements of choice and responsibility that the people involved exercised. The “boys” chose to attack and pile on; the girl chose to exercise some age-inappropriate ideas about couture (well, at least she wasn’t gay). Of course this is the end to which the liberal mindset tends — man, or humanity, has no real role but to be driven about in a maelstrom of forces no more resistible than was the Japanese tsunami. The NYT outed itself, again.


20 posted on 03/12/2011 3:57:16 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

At least they’ll live.

She will be doomed to a living death.

-Every- child molester/rapist “kills” their victim, even if they leave them breathing when they’re done.


21 posted on 03/12/2011 3:58:45 AM PST by Salamander (I may be lonely but I'm never alone...and the nights may pass me by......but I never cry.)
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To: Sarah-bot

I can see your point.

Does it seem to you, I know it does to me, that newspapers aren’t writing news articles in the straightforward, objective and informative manner which they used to do a couple decades ago?

Nowadays it seems a news report has to be ‘relevant’ and politically correct. Newspapers are trying to slant the whole situation rather that who, what, where and when. Just give us the facts and maybe add something extra to flesh it out. We’re not stupid but they sure treat readers that way.


22 posted on 03/12/2011 4:00:04 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: kearnyirish2

why is it no one sees how morally bankrupt and socially outcast large enclaves of blacks become to the community?

Yet the government continues building free and reduced cost homes and housing units to make these enclaces larger.


23 posted on 03/12/2011 4:00:14 AM PST by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: Salamander

“At least they’ll live.”

Uh, maybe not. Rape in Texas can be a capital crime. These guys could all be executed.


24 posted on 03/12/2011 4:01:33 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: reaganaut1

Obviously, the child rape was just another part of the
evil New York Times agendae.


25 posted on 03/12/2011 4:01:57 AM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Lessthantolerant

As long as they are kept on urban reservations, nobody cares. As the economy continues deteriorating, they are more often leaving the reservations in war parties to attack the European and Asian settlers along the frontier (via carjackings, purse-snatching, home invasions).

The police don’t like the housing arrangements because they concentrate crime to such a degree they become ungovernable; in Newark (NJ) they’ve replaced the high-rise tenements with low-rises to dilute the crime. It doesn’t help much, but the cops don’t have to do so many stairs on the few occasions they do show up.


26 posted on 03/12/2011 4:05:02 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: Salamander

You’d think that world-prominent women’s organizations would be burning mad about such situations and use their bully pulpits to admonish the “men” to respect the women’s bodies and souls and keep themselves far from violating them. Wrongo. It’s not politically correct to have old fashioned morals any more. Sisters have sold other sisters out and it is so, so sad.


27 posted on 03/12/2011 4:05:33 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: kearnyirish2

Still happens in MD.

If race isn’t mentioned in a crime report, we all know what to automatically assume.

It’s not racism; it’s just deductive reasoning based on [typical] historical precedence.

How long was “Chief Moose” looking for those “white guys in a white van” [undoubtedly all dressed in white, too] before somebody finally mentioned the “DC Snipers” *might* be black?

They still don’t classify that as an act of “terrorism”.

[two Muzzies on a serial killing spree...nope, nothing terrifying, there]


28 posted on 03/12/2011 4:05:33 AM PST by Salamander (I may be lonely but I'm never alone...and the nights may pass me by......but I never cry.)
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To: FreedomPoster

“Rape is a capital crime in Texas.”

It is?

Totally bitchin’ state ya got there....:)


29 posted on 03/12/2011 4:07:11 AM PST by Salamander (I may be lonely but I'm never alone...and the nights may pass me by......but I never cry.)
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To: kearnyirish2

Lets ring Nuclear power plants with public housing, hey at least this way if we have an accident we reduce the rat population!

WIN WIN !


30 posted on 03/12/2011 4:07:59 AM PST by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: SatinDoll

It’s possible, but nowhere near as common as it could be. In a society that knows less and less about souls, killing or maiming a human soul seems less important than doing it to a human body, or sometimes even to an animal.


31 posted on 03/12/2011 4:08:58 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: SatinDoll

And where was the national coverage of the “Wichita Horror”?

{{{{crickets}}}}

Whatever happened to those piles of maggot puke, anyway?


32 posted on 03/12/2011 4:09:15 AM PST by Salamander (I may be lonely but I'm never alone...and the nights may pass me by......but I never cry.)
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To: SatinDoll

Newspapers were told to squelch the truth because readers were realizing there was no hope for a segment of our population, and that segment was also starting to realize it as well (and behaving accordingly). They have to hold out hope that there is some place in our society for people with marginal math and English skills (at best), in which that person could raise a family and lead a productive life. It is obviously ridiculous, but how do you tell those people that? What else could be their reaction other than to live as Somali pirates on our urban reservations?


33 posted on 03/12/2011 4:09:40 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: SatinDoll

You can’t see it but I’m doing a happy dance.....:)


34 posted on 03/12/2011 4:10:03 AM PST by Salamander (I may be lonely but I'm never alone...and the nights may pass me by......but I never cry.)
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To: SatinDoll

Yes, that is my point, but I also think they are committing some reverse psychology. I think they are actually promoting violence by their lopsided reporting. The only way the victims can find justice is through vigilante means.


35 posted on 03/12/2011 4:12:15 AM PST by Sarah-bot
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To: HiTech RedNeck

As if they cared about women, ~really~.

They only care about psychologically castrating white men.


36 posted on 03/12/2011 4:12:19 AM PST by Salamander (I may be lonely but I'm never alone...and the nights may pass me by......but I never cry.)
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To: Salamander

Even worse, to ask for tips without a real description, is just bizarre. That DC sniper case was frightening; when you’re told to “zigzag” when you walk (like trying to avoid a torpedo attack from an enmeny submarine), your government has just told you that you’re on your own. I’m surprised they even released the descriptions of those 2 perps, but the civilians who actually led to their arrests probably refused to be sworn to secrecy...


37 posted on 03/12/2011 4:13:41 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: golux
I say that this is what you get when, through the dummying down of public schools, the empowering of the NEA, the embracing of criminal culture, and the installation of sweeping transgenerational welfare and housing programs, you rob people of their basic pride and decency.

and the parents of these men/boys bear no responsibility for the upbringing of them. blame it all on the schools. The schools have them for 6 hours a day, 9 months a year for up to 13 years. Yeah blame them rather than the parents that actually gave birth to the little felons.

38 posted on 03/12/2011 4:13:52 AM PST by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: kearnyirish2

“they are more often leaving the reservations in war parties to attack the European and Asian settlers along the frontier (via carjackings, purse-snatching, home invasions).”

We welcome them here to Hillbilly Hell.

When the Beltway Snipers were on the loose, *every* hunter here was watching out for them.

They got “lucky” and were snagged by a TN trucker at a South Mountain rest, stop 30 miles east.

They were headed this way, alright, but really had no idea what they were headed *for*.


39 posted on 03/12/2011 4:15:58 AM PST by Salamander (I may be lonely but I'm never alone...and the nights may pass me by......but I never cry.)
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To: Lessthantolerant

They ring them with Planned Parenthood instead, and are frustrated that it is taking so long. They accelearated that with welfare reform, and now the blacks are being displaced by Latinos; I guess the master plan is that when there are enough of them they close the spigot/seal the border (though they’re breeding enough on this side to make that irrelevant).


40 posted on 03/12/2011 4:16:33 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: All

I’m tired of all the pandering to certain vermin.

Compare every aspect of this case and both it’s coverage and colorage to the ‘alleged’ Tawanna Brawley fiasco . . .


41 posted on 03/12/2011 4:17:23 AM PST by trailz
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To: kearnyirish2

Skills are rarely set in stone — with the will, even adults can better their skill (I’m a poet and don’t know it). Attitude problems rule the day. Years of so called “advancement” of historically American people of black hue actually taught them (and with the full knowledge of the communistic movements that seized the power vacuum that much American religion sadly left) that they were trapped. As modern day immigrants from African lands have repeatedly shown by their successes, that idea of being trapped by your skin color is horse hockey.


42 posted on 03/12/2011 4:17:44 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Salamander

They can’t operate in remote rural areas; movies have convinced them they’ll be set upon by hill folk with six rows of teeth and three eyes apiece.

They need a large pool of easy prey, so they’ll stick to well-lighted mall parking lots and such; they’re limited to hunting in places where single women would feel safe traveling.


43 posted on 03/12/2011 4:19:22 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: reaganaut1
The story by James C. McKinley Jr. reported that residents of the town noted the girl dressed “older than her age,” wore makeup and fashions “more appropriate to a woman in her 20s” and hung out with older boys at the playground.

Sooooo..........if she'd actually been in her 20's...the gang rape would be okay. Really?

44 posted on 03/12/2011 4:19:29 AM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: kearnyirish2

Section 8 is planned outfarming of crime.


45 posted on 03/12/2011 4:19:49 AM PST by Leisler (Our debts are someone's profit. Follow the money, the vig.....)
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To: reaganaut1

If my son was involved in something like that, I’d be livid. But the members of that community ... mostly women, had the worst things to say about the girl.

And, yes, I think the residents of that town were racist. They sounded like it was all about race.


46 posted on 03/12/2011 4:20:22 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Salamander

I keep wondering about the bizarre scene in the bizarre play called “The Vagina Monologues” in which, if I understand the reports correctly, the only man viewed as not worthy of mere scorn is the one who is enslaved to the point of drooling by his passion for the “female organs.” It doesn’t take an Albert Einstein to tell you that this sort of world view is a recipe for trouble.


47 posted on 03/12/2011 4:21:14 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: kearnyirish2

“The DC-area sniper case was cracked after one of the suspects called police and mentioned that they were responsible for the Alabama robbery-murder. Investigators in Montgomery were able to match a fingerprint found on a weapons magazine in a parking lot outside the liquor store to Malvo’s immigration records. After connecting Malvo to the Montgomery killing, authorities traced him to a school in Bellingham, Washington, then to a home in Tacoma where he lived with Muhammad. Police then linked the sniper team to Mohammad’s blue Caprice which was registered in New Jersey. That night police broadcast a description of the suspects and the vehicle that lead to a trucker calling police and saying he had spotted them in a Maryland rest stop.”

We were all just watching for black guys [likely Muzzies] with guns skulking around in the woods from day 1.
[something you NEVER see here]

A former FReeper named Zygoat posted here as it was happening in real time.
He started a thread about the fact that I-70 was closed, east and west bound and that there were cops, feds, choppers and everything in between swarming the rest stop.

I miss Zygoat.


48 posted on 03/12/2011 4:23:43 AM PST by Salamander (I may be lonely but I'm never alone...and the nights may pass me by......but I never cry.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The Africans do put them to shame, and many despise American blacks for how they’ve sqyuandered opportunities they could only dream of back in Africa; while American blacks may attribute their shortcomings to racism (they often view Africans as “white” because of their command of the English language), they know that for whatever reason they do not have the skills to make the case to a company that hiring them would benefit the bottom line.

The fact that their feeble excuse holds no water doesn’t deter them from using that rather than admitting personal failure.


49 posted on 03/12/2011 4:23:46 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: Leisler

It used to be; now landlords in suburban areas are starting to rent to them here in NJ because many taxpaying Americans are fleeing the state (due to taxes and the fact that the jobs are leaving). There are areas in Sussex County (farming area in northwestern NJ, along NY & PA borders) with a lot of “Section 8” housing - but not in tenements.


50 posted on 03/12/2011 4:26:30 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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