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They came. They saw. They croaked. And they did a little jumping at the 33rd Annual Capitol Frog Jump. Our very own Big Daddy, coaxed along by Daniel Macht, performed admirably. The ultimate winner in the Public & Media category, with a leap of eight feet, eight inches was “Gordon Jump,” jockeyed by KFBK reporter Bob Moffitt. But the star of the show was Mike Villines’ Clovis Croaker. Not only did the frog out-jump the competition with a jump of 12-and-a-half feet, the frog also earned something far more valuable than the trophy and the bragging right: his freedom. Yes, the Croaker wound up in a pond and could not be retrieved. The Croaker is reportedly the first-ever escapee in the 33-year history of the event. …
Speaking of escapees, various members of the Capitol press corps are escaping the Capitol’s tractor beam. It’s off to Washington for the L.A. Times’ Peter Nicholas and the Sac Bee’s Clea Benson. Nicholas will take a job at his paper’s Washington bureau, while Benson has taken a position at Congressional Quarterly. The Times has not yet filled its Capitol bureau vacancy. Meanwhile, Judy Lin will move over into the role of budget writer for the Bee. And the LAT’s Jenifer Warren is leaving, having accepted one of the buyouts offered by Tribune Corp.
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