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Leading Off (12/17/13)

Man Sentenced to 12.5 Years for Child Porn, and DMN Native-Ad Engine Needs Tuning. Yesterday, a 40-year-old Irving man learned what happens when you get busted for having about 1,000 child porn videos. And the Morning News — hopefully — learned that it needs to have a look at its ad-serving algorithm. Accompanying the story, under the heading “articles and offers from around the web” were two links to a site called RantSports. One led to an article titled “Sports stars’ little girls have grown up into beautiful young women. Here are 25 to look at.” The other pointed to “These are 25 of the hottest college and NFL cheerleaders on the planet. See them here.” Here’s what it looked like on the DMN’s site. Both links led to pics of women in their underwear. (PS: the same two ads appear under a DMN story titled “Jury Finds McKinney Man Guilty in Sex Assault Case Stemming From Craigslist Ad.”)

Really? Seriously, DMN? I mean, even if the ads didn’t appear under those stories, why are you taking those ads? I’m sorry. That was a rhetorical question.

Vought Aircraft To Lay Off 400 Employees from West Dallas Plant. Crap. A tough Christmas for those folks.

Ray Price, R.I.P. The country singer was 87 and died in Mount Pleasant.

Frisco Kindergartner Drops Dead. The 5-year-old girl became ill at lunch and died. No idea yet why.

Feel-Good Story Ends Leading Off. Bummer so far, right? Here’s a story about a secret Santa in Granbury who picked up $2,000 worth of layaway gifts at a Walmart. Have hope, people!