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“There’s just no way this headline wasn’t intentional,” writes Charles Apple.

Well, let’s find out.

I asked Kyle Whitmire, who wrote the piece, about his “Santorum comes from behind in Alabama three-way” hed. The former Birmingham Weekly staffer tells Romenesko readers:

I thought a few folks might get a chuckle out of it. We try to have a sense of humor, and the double entendre was too hard to resist. In Alabama, it’s the only way to stay sane sometimes.

However, I had no idea it would go viral the way it did. First I began to get email messages and texts from people in other states, but when I saw tweets in the cyrillic alphabet, I knew I might have set the woods on fire.

Also, to get the joke, you have to have a dirty mind.

* Funny or Die: The most unfortunate Rick Santorum headlines

Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor Michael Whitley tweeted the production of today’s paper. Oscars Night, he says, is “one of the best and hardest nights of the year at the LAT.” || Check out other photos he tweeted last night.

Photos: @michaelwhitley

@MichaelWhitley || A look at today’s Academy Awards front pages


“William Randolph Hearst started this company on March 4, 1887, with the clear belief that media innovation leads to media progress — and success. That is the foundation on which this company is built. …”
Read more of Hearst CEO Frank Bennack Jr.’s 125th anniversary letter to employees after the jump. Read More

* Jerry Brown to reporter: “Are you a Moonie, by any chance?”

(Hit the link for both the story and the video, which I’m unable to embed here.)

Curt Hogg

Sixteen-year-old sports journalist Curt Hogg reported on Feb. 14 that Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun’s drug test was mishandled, thus likely altering the results.

On Feb. 23, all other sports media reported that an independent arbitrator ruled that Braun’s urine sample wasn’t adequately secured.

Hogg, a Brown Deer (Wis.) High school junior, has been bombarded with interview requests since news of his scoop circulated online.

“It’s all been crazy,” he said in a Sunday afternoon phone interview.

He’s been interviewed by Milwaukee TV stations, ESPN radio, Deadspin, The Daily, and other news outlets.

What has the young journalists learned from all of this media exposure? He thinks for a few seconds, then says, “I know what it’s like to be interviewed. I think it’s a been good, mostly positive.”

He tells Romenesko readers about his interest in journalism:

* He got his start in 7th grade, when he learned about Bleacher Report and signed up.

Curt Hogg's Feb. 14 scoop

* He joined his high school newspaper staff when he was a freshman, and has been editor-in-chief since his sophomore year.

* He also publishes his own newspaper called The Cheesehead. “I print off 50 copies and hand them out. It’s four pages and usually covers Wisconsin sports.

* He spends about an hour a day working on his Plushdamentals MLBlogs Network site, while maintaining a near straight-A average at school.

* He started tweeting (@curtknowsbest) in 2010. He had about 200 followers last Thursday; he now has 548.

* He reads Deadspin, and “I really like the writing on CBS Sports.” He quickly adds: “Sometimes ESPN can have some good stuff.”

* He plans to study journalism at either the University of Wisconsin in Madison, or University of Missouri.

* His dream job: “Being on the beat for an MLB team, or writing for Sports Illustrated would be incredible.”

More details about former New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson’s consulting deal came out in a Times 10-K filing last week. The Times tells Robinson that in exchange for paying her $4.5 million “you shall not be required to provide more than 15 hours of such services or assistance in any month.”

Sonya Hubbard points out that the consulting agreement doesn’t really require Robinson to provide a minimum number of hours at all. It states that she:

…shall provide consulting services as reasonably requested by the Company concerning Company matters with which you have been involved or have knowledge; provided that, in each case, (a) the Company shall provide you with reasonable advance notice when requesting such services or assistance, (b) the Company shall exercise reasonable efforts to schedule any services or assistance requested so as to not unreasonably disrupt your business and personal affairs and you shall exercise reasonable efforts to fulfill the Company’s consulting requests in a timely manner, notwithstanding your personal and other business commitments…

* More details surface about NYT’s $25,000 per hour consultant
* Union poster features Janet Robinson and her Golden Parachute

Warren Webster

Patch says someone was impersonating company president Warren Webster in the Business Insider comments section last week, and that the exec never responded to Main Street Connect’s founder. “In fact, Warren hadn’t even seen the BI post until he started hearing he had commented on it,” says Patch communications vice president Janine Iamunno.

That interesting revelation makes me ask: If not Warren Webster, who would take the time to spar with a Patch rival and write a lengthy defense of the AOL-owned company in the Business Insider comments section? Webster should order an investigation, find out who this Patch cheerleader is and then hire him or her immediately! Any ideas?

* Earlier – Patch president: We’re nothing like Main Street Connect

In December of 2010, Steve Brill and Gordon Crovitz announced that Oklahoma State University’s Daily O’Collegian would be the first college newspaper to use their Press+ program. They explained: “The paper will collect a small fee from online readers who are outside the school’s immediate geographic area and who do not use an email address with an .edu affiliation and who read the paper online more than three times a month.”

So how’s that going?

Here’s what Daily O’Collegian general manager Ray Catalino tells Romenesko readers:

We are very happy with Press+ and think the program has been a success. I set a goal of 100 paid subscribers the first year, and we just passed 150 last week. We started in early March last year.

Subscribers who bought in at $10 per year can continue to renew at that rate. In March, new subscribers will have to pay $15 per year, which is still very inexpensive in my mind.

We allow all <.edu> subscribers free access, since we want our OSU students to get the online version for free. We also want local residents and businesses to be able to access the site for free, so anyone accessing within a 25 mile radius of campus is not charged. Outside of those two areas, others get three free clicks per month, and then a pop-up window appears asking them to subscribe via credit card.

By the way, paidContent reported Friday on the millions that Brill and Crovitz made when they sold Journalism Online/Press+ to RR Donnelley. A recent 10-K filing puts the deal value at $35 million, reports Staci Kramer.

“We hate quotations at Slate. We almost never use quotes. They don’t do anything. They waste the readers’ time. Only use quotes when you can’t say it better yourself.”

* Slate’s Jacob Weisberg talks at Columbia