The Press: Routine Scoop

Like many an oldtime newsman, Leroy Simms, Birmingham correspondent of the Associated Press, has for years performed the tedious election night chore of tabulating vote returns. Last month, in Alabama's Democratic primary for attorney general. Reporter Simms sniffed a good story in his routine chore. And last week his careful tabulations paid off in a story as big as the election itself. After checking A.P.'s tabulations against the official count, a Birmingham grand jury indicted two men for vote fraud.

Correspondent Simms, 48, first became suspicious when he noticed that returns were coming...

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