In today’s print edition of The Telegram, average citizens are taking charge of their community’s safety by reporting crime to the police, but sometimes well-meaning people can harm more than they help.
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Sgt. Shawn O’Reilly said more and more, people are phoning in tips to the police when they witness a crime.
“Taking ownership of their community and not letting the bad guy, if you will, take control,” he said.
But sometimes taking control can be dangerous.
The Telegram website offers only a sample of the stories our reporters, editors and photographers work hard to get to the public every day.
Saturday’s print edition of The Weekend Telegram, on the other hand, contains much, much more, from news to opinion to our expanded features section section.
Inside Saturday’s print edition:
• James Foster McCoubrey is reported to be the oldest man in the U.S., but his roots trace to Newfoundland. He turns 111 in September and reportedly gained the distinction of being the oldest documented U.S. man when Shelby Harris, 111, of Illinois died this summer.
• Mmmm … beer. — It was a good year to introduce a summer seasonal beer. Quidi Vidi rolled out a new summer brew this year — Continental Pilsner — and what a summer it has been. Quidi Vidi’s coolers are empty of the product and there’s hardly any of it left in liquor stores. But the St. John’s microbrewery, which has several all-year brands, isn’t the only outfit enjoying brisk sales of alcoholic thirst quenchers. With more days of sunshine and heat this year than in most people’s memories, the drinks are flowing in backyards, cabins and campgrounds.
• Jack Fitzgerald was born and raised in St. John’s. He was the assistant director of public relations under former premier Joey Smallwood’s administration, as well as an accountant, journalist, social worker and writer. He’s authored more than 20 books, mostly on local history, writing about subjects like the regatta and pirate treasure. Now, he’s answering The Telegram’s 20 Questions.
• Letting it all hang out — With plenty of hot, sunny weather this summer, people are doing it in their backyards and on balconies. They’re flinging their pants, shaking their tops and airing their undies. More and more people, it seems, are opting for sun-kissed clothes by letting their laundry billow in the warm breeze. There are lots of good reasons to use a clothesline, from saving money to trimming greenhouse gas emissions from energy-hogging clothes dryers.
• Watching the birdie(s) — The Hebron project team is developing a special radar system for the oil platform, one aimed at providing more information for research into how sea birds interact with such heavy industrial installations offshore. As noted by a spokeswoman for the Hebron partners, the call for design of the avian radar system is a follow up to commitments made by project leaders.
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