Find 3 news stories. Use words from second paragraph of each, make 3 stanzas of 3 lines, <60 characters per line.

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Bikers Beware of Wild Parsnip

Written by vanhookc on July 12, 2013 3:27 pm
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Bikers, beware!
Yellow flowers along a trail — look; do not touch.
The wild parsnip, evil sister of Queen Anne’s Lace, has arrived.

The invasive wild parsnip is spreading America, like wildfire!
The plant has a dangerous oil!
The fluids can be harmful to health!

Skin, plant juices, and sunlight make a fiery mix!
The chemical reaction results as burns and blisters.
This is phytophotodermatitis. Ouch!

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The blueness of rush hour

Written by Christina Hendricks (@clhendricksbc) on July 12, 2013 2:25 am
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Aug. 1, Carla Cheney, sitting in her own clothes,
in a scientific paper posted online,
reported a star just outside the Wal-Mart in Kemptville, Ont.

Lloyd, who was leaving Duluth Avenue in a parked truck,
Spotted police monitoring a gas giant after riding through a red light.
The Hubble Info Centre hadn’t started working and received a $40 ticket.

63 light years away orbits his dog
and an international group of scientists, peer-reviewed.
Cyclists detected the blueness of rush hour that morning.


“Woman fired from Wal-Mart after trying to help dog gets lawyer”:

“Planet orbiting nearby star is earthy blue”:

“Montreal cyclist fined for warning others about police spot check”:

(I only cheated once, using “info” instead of “information” in the 2nd stanza, to get 61 characters instead of more for that line!)

WikiLe’s new sci-fi rules

Written by StefanieJ on July 12, 2013 1:55 am
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The new rules were delayed.
Just days later, a fire broke out

That, at any rate,
is the position of the suitably sci-fi so

the Texas-based think tank is the latest target of WikiLe


Violent Effects of Melting The Ice Caps

Written by CogDog on July 11, 2013 11:25 pm
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A startling new report emerged.
Lauren Fagen, 18, was volunteering
near the shores of the Arctic Ocean

The juvenile mammoth was found
with photogs yesterday
volunteering at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

The usually chill gentle giant turned hostile.
She leaned in to kiss the beast’s fur
and shows signs of being cut open.

— From Tabloid stories:
* “Frozen Wooly Mammoth” (Weekly World News)
* “Odom Smash” (National Enquirer)
* “‘It was a miracle that I survived’: Canadian teen suffers ‘huge rips’ in her body after trying to KISS a lion” (Daily Mail)

In My Mind I’m Leavin’ Carolina

Written by Cris Crissman @Cris2B on July 11, 2013 11:16 pm
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North Carolina, my “forever home”
state government has become a demolition derby
tearing down years of progress in public education, tax policy, racial equality

removes the tax deduction for dependents that register to vote at an address other than their parents’ home
some of the highest unemployment in the country
recent news of abortion measures and cuts to public education

awash with criticism this summer
bills that appear to run against the progressive streak
I’m not sure it’s where I want to build a life.

— All found lines

The Decline of North Carolina by NY Times Editorial Board
North Carolina’ Legislature’s Newest Trick is Suppressing the College Vote Through SB 667

An open letter to the North Carolina Legislature by Jamison Doran

Space, The Final Frontier

Written by Bill Smith @byzantiumbooks on July 11, 2013 2:53 pm
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El Segundo, the workhorse rocket,
was the fourth Proton anomaly.
Adequately justify such a mission.

Recent close encounters with failure,
when strike comes to the Cosmodrome,
adequately justify such a mission.

Stark reminders to continue progress,
the latest mission proposal is to
adequately justify such a mission.

-altered cut-up text from

Like Love, Sometimes

Written by Sandy Brown Jensen on July 11, 2013 12:46 pm
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Blue-green algae alert!
Numbness, tingling, dizziness
(like love) can impede breathing,

cause heart problems. “I even see
expanding, finding more
niches next year.” But black kab

Axel, loved by Jerry, “He swam
in the river while I fished. He
was fine. Everything was good.”

(And then it wasn’t.)
(Like love, sometimes.)

–Found text from KVAL News Online