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The Sportswriter Is a Pimp

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Things have been rough in the journalism business of late — so rough that one veteran sportswriter felt he had to pursue an alternate career.  “An award-winning sportswriter has pleaded guilty to running a prostitution operation, saying he needed the extra money to make up for a pay cut because of the downturn in the newspaper business,” reports William Ketter for the CNHI News Service. Kevin Provencher worked as a sportswriter for the Union Leader in Manchester, New Hampshire for 23 years before being arrested in 2009.  Although his attorney asked for probation only, Provencher was “sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and fined $5,000 on the prostitution charges and also for intimidating one of his hookers from testifying against him.”