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Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010

Notes a New York Times headline: "Fraudulent voting re-emerges as a partisan issue." Since when is voter fraud a "partisan" issue• Since it's Republicans complaining about Democrat-orchestrated fraud, you can bet. ... Rick Santorum, the former Republican U.S. senator of Pennsylvania who's testing the presidential waters, was part and parcel last week of a three-day, 1,300-mile, 45-county bus tour across Iowa promoting the impeachment of three state Supreme Court judges who affirmed a new law that legalized gay marriage. The nation's going to economic hell in a Democrat handbasket and Mr. Santorum's busy defending state-sponsored discrimination• ... In non-election pops , WBAL-TV reports that the Baltimore City Health Department has issued its first "environmental citation" for a repeat violation of the city's trans fat ban. Seems the Healthy Choice company was fined $100 for using a banned level of a margarine product. Commented one poster to the station's website, "Meet me in the parking lot behind the church at midnight. We got biscuits, nachos, fries, highest quality stuff. Smuggled in from Cuba." You can bet one of Baltimore's favorite literary sons, H.L. Mencken, would have the right word for this Food Police nonsense. Yes, "buncombe."

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