Leading Off (11/1/12)

Highland Park Athlete Arrested for Rape: Ryan Romo, an 18-year-old baseball player for Highland Park, was charged with sexual assault on a child Tuesday, after the senior allegedly raped a fellow student after a show Saturday night. CultureMap was ON IT, concluding its story with: “If it’s a case of impulsive teenage decisions, remorse and guilt, then no one suffers more than 18-year-old Ryan Romo.” Except it’s, you know, rape, not an impulsive teenage decision, remorse, or guilt. The Observer took the Map (as in, all over the) to task.

Kidnapped Tyler Boy Found in Louisiana: After a short car chase through Monroe, La., police arrested James Calvert, charging him with the murder of the boy’s mother. Officers found the boy unharmed in the backseat, hopefully with some candy or at least a granola bar or something.

Hello, I’m Brad: And I’ll be your new FrontBurnerer.

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