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There’s some more “Fresh Intelligence” up at RADAR Online. It’s about an Anchor, a Madam, and a Captain.

**UPDATE TO THE ABOVE** John Cook at RADAR completely disposes of the rumor about the Madam and the Anchor here: “Donaldson’s Digits: Wrong Number.

It’s not mentioned by RADAR, but blogger Joseph Cannon has something to say about the source for the Sam Donaldson/DC Madam story here. Worth noting.

Long story short, as far as I know, Sam Donaldson’s clean.

I’m no longer a contributor to Corey Mitchell’s In Cold Blog. But it’s a cool situation, not a frosty one. I’ve simply got too much to do now, and Corey understood that. I wanted to be able to give ICB original content, exclusives, but I couldn’t.

African Americans vanish. Latinos disappear. The blogosphere screams in specious indignation when a “missing white woman” story like Stacy Peterson’s makes and then dominates the news. But I think that along with people of color, missing men in general, even missing white men, also get short shrift in news coverage. A little boy vanishing is usually a major news story, and should be. Teen males who disappear cause concern. But it sometimes seems to me (admittedly, being a man, I may have a bias here) that men 18 and older disappear and very few news outlets outside of local TV want to cover the story.

I’ve actually discussed this issue with a producer from a major TV news magazine. My guess was — and still is — that there is a subconscious perception on the publics’ part that males are often the authors of their fates. That through misadventure or bullheaded choice, men are more likely to have vanished of their own accord. The producer agreed with me.

I think there are logical reasons for this perception. Men sometimes do just say “to hell with it” and walk away from everything. Men (of all colors and creeds) still don’t know how to deal with mental illness, with depression or bipolar disorder.

But that doesn’t make it right. Every missing person matters, regardless of their color, regardless of their gender.

That’s why I have to point out that local (to me) boy Justin Gaines, age 18, is still missing.

Justin vanished after leaving one of his favorite Gwinnett County GA haunts late on November 1, 2007. Friends and family have searched, cell phone pings have been attempted — still, no sign of Justin.

There are message board discussions about Justin’s disappearance, other blogs with a more local focus are covering the mystery, and Justin’s family has put together a website as well:

http://www.justingaines.com/

It seems like the guy just dropped off the face of the earth.

That just doesn’t happen. Someone knows where Justin Gaines is, what happened to him. They need to speak up. It’s obvious both from the response to my previous entry about the young man and from other discussions on the Web that Justin was well-loved, had many friends, and was incredibly important to a number of people.

If you are here in the North Georgia area and following Justin’s case, keep an eye on his site, as it seems to be updated pretty regularly. Again: JustinGaines.com.