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The Provo Daily Herald ran a story on Wednesday about the city of Lehi approving a tech company’s request that Morning Glory Road be changed to Morning Vista Road.
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The Herald story noted that “the term ‘morning glory’ can have a sexual meaning,” but it didn’t tell readers any more.

“They buried what we all thought was the lead” — that “morning glory” is slang for a male erection, says Salt Lake Tribune reporter Cimaron Neugebauer. “I saw the name change as an agenda item [for the council meeting], but initially didn’t think anything of it assuming it had to do with the development’s growth. Boy was I wrong.”

He was assigned to explain the street’s name change to Tribune readers.

“It was hands down the most uncomfortable story I have ever had to interview for,” Neugebauer writes in an email. “Most of the people I had to talk to to get the records were women. So I would just do a half-smile and say ‘Look, this is really awkward, but I’m here doing a story on the name change for a road that is apparently offensive.’

“Thankfully most knew exactly what I was talking about and I didn’t have to say anymore and they got me the city council minutes and records I was looking for to document the story. Imagine asking a resident in the city what they think about the name of their cross street being a slang for a morning boner (shudders).

He adds: “100% of people and (some major perverts too) I have talked to on Twitter have all said this is a term they had never heard of.”

Neugebauer’s “erection connection” piece has over 500 comments, including this one (with 15 Likes): “From the same state that brought you the flap about Elvis Presley’s ‘All Shook Up’ comes another misanthropic, paranoid, sexual-innuendo restriction. Wonder why people think the Mormons are a little bit ‘off’?”

* City changes name of Morning Glory Road because of erection connection (sltrib.com)


* Photographers protest photo manipulated by Nancy Pelosi’s office. (nppa.org) | Pelosi defends it. (washingtonpost.com)
* Meet Michael Cronin, the Internet’s most prolific (and ignored) sports tweeter. (chicagoinsidesports.com)
* Washington Post should write less on politics and more on government, says ombud. (washingtonpost.com)
* Jack Shafer: American journalism has become too tame to employ columnists who stir people up the way Andrew Sullivan does. (reuters.com)
* AJC.com could have found a better photo to use for its story on the death of Asante Samuel’s mom. (deadspin.com)

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— Atlanta Journal-Constitution

* Chicago Tribune exec who oversaw RedEye and other niche publications leaves the company. (chicagotribune.com)
* Steve Forbes failed to report a school headmaster’s inappropriate relationship with a student. (boston.com)
* The most viral student media of 2012. (pbs.org)
* New York Observer staffer: “I hope I’m wrong, but the Observer as we know it died today.” (capitalnewyork.com)
* Trade publication for UK journalists goes online only. (guardian.co.uk)
* Jason Whitlock refused to go on Bill O’Reilly’s show because he didn’t want to “waste time debating an entertainer.” (thebiglead.com)
* Gannett critic: Even I don’t drag execs’ children into discussions about the company. (gannettblog.blogspot.com)