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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2004
USA Today reported yesterday that its former star correspondent Jack Kelley fabricated major elements of stories filed from abroad, plagiarized passages in other instances and then concocted elaborate ruses to conceal his transgressions. The newspaper documented the extent of Kelley's deceptions in a front-page article yesterday and additional coverage that consumed two full pages. "It is indeed a sad and shameful betrayal of public trust," said USA Today founding editorial director John Seigenthaler, who is heading a three-person committee charged with reviewing Kelley's 21-year tenure at the paper.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Sun Staff | March 14, 2004
On the eve of its biggest annual event, professional wrestling was hit with a blow Friday when a national newspaper raised questions about the role of steroids and painkillers in the lives -- and deaths -- of wrestlers. USA Today reported in an investigation that at least 65 wrestlers among the 1,000 under age 45 who had performed professionally since 1997 had died, including 25 from heart attacks or other coronary problems. It termed that rate "extraordinarily high ... for people that young."
FEATURES
By David Folkenflik | January 30, 2004
The publisher of USA Today has appointed a panel of distinguished journalists, including two outsiders, to oversee a new review of the reporting of former star foreign correspondent Jack Kelley. Publisher Craig Moon announced the committee is to review all of Kelley's reporting over his two-decade career there and any related matters that arise. It will be led by John Seigenthaler, a past USA Today editor who is the former publisher and editor of the Nashville Tennessean, which, like USA Today, is owned by the Gannett Co. Other panel members include veteran newspaper editor Bill Kovach, now head of the Committee of Concerned Journalists, and William Hilliard, former editor of the Portland Oregonian.
FEATURES
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | January 17, 2004
The editor and publisher of USA Today announced yesterday that the national newspaper would launch an independent review of all the articles written by former star foreign correspondent Jack Kelley. The review will extend to "all related matters that the committee conducting the examination may choose to explore," editor Karen Jurgensen and publisher Craig Moon said in a written statement. Kelley was forced to resign earlier this month after editors confronted him with evidence of his efforts to deceive them during an earlier, aborted inquiry into several of his articles.
FEATURES
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | January 16, 2004
More questions are surfacing about the veracity of articles written by former USA Today star reporter Jack Kelley. Kelley was forced to resign this month after he was found to have deceived editors during a long and ultimately inconclusive inquiry into whether he had fabricated material for several articles. On Wednesday, the newspaper additionally published its editors' concerns that he may have lifted unattributed passages from the Washington Post in a 1998 article about small-arms dealers on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
FEATURES
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | January 14, 2004
The top editor of USA Today said yesterday that the national newspaper will investigate any new, specific challenges to the reporting of disgraced former correspondent Jack Kelley. Its own inquiry into the veracity of several of his articles was shut down when Kelley was forced to resign last week after having acknowledged deceiving editors. "We'll look into any specific allegations that arise," USA Today Editor Karen Jurgensen said yesterday in an interview. "We have to let the situation play out. This was a very painful situation for our staff."
FEATURES
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | January 13, 2004
Editors at USA Today now say they forced former star reporter Jack Kelley to resign after he deceived them during an internal inquiry into whether he had fabricated some of his high-profile reports from abroad. Last September, Mark Memmott, the senior reporter assigned to review Kelley's work, grew suspicious of Kelley's account of an interview that served as the basis of a front-page story in July 1999, according to the newspaper. The high-impact story provided seemingly clear-cut evidence that former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic had ordered ethnic cleansing - the strongest connection yet uncovered.
FEATURES
By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | January 9, 2004
Jack Kelley, one of USA Today's most prominent correspondents, has resigned from the newspaper in the wake of an internal inquiry into allegations that some of his reporting had been fabricated. None of his articles has been publicly retracted. And the newspaper says that Kelley's resignation earlier this week has settled the matter. "Based on what we know now, we're done with the investigation," said editor Karen Jurgensen. Asked if she were confident that Kelley's reporting was accurate, she replied, "We're not in a position of correcting anything at this time."
SPORTS
By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | October 1, 2001
With a 4-0 record, Maryland is ranked No. 25 in both the Associated Press media poll and the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. The Terps haven't been ranked since Sept. 25, 1995, when they were No. 17 in both polls. "It's a thing that's nice, but it's a long season," coach Ralph Friedgen said. "If we continue to win, that will take care of itself." The ranking comes with Maryland atop the Atlantic Coast Conference (2-0 record) heading into a home game with conference co-leader Virginia on Saturday.
SPORTS
By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2000
Gilman, The Sun's top-ranked football program with a 23-game winning streak over the past two seasons, has achieved a national rating. The Greyhounds, ranked No. 1 in the state by The Associated Press, has moved into 40th position in the FoxFab50 ratings - the only team from Maryland in it - and is rated in the 10th and final spot of USA Today's East Region rankings. Randallstown, ranked No. 2 in The Sun, is ranked No. 10 in the state, and third-ranked Mount St. Joseph, No. 12. Last Friday's 60-6 rout by Eastern Tech over Poly is believed to be the storied Baltimore City program's first loss to a Baltimore County school, in addition to being the worst loss in its history.
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