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Nick R. Martin

Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com

Articles by Nick

The man who killed four people and then himself inside a suburban Arizona house on Wednesday was border vigilante and longtime neo-Nazi JT Ready, according to multiple reports.

Citing anonymous sources, the Arizona Republic newspaper identified Ready as the man who walked into a house in Gilbert, Ariz., wearing body armor and killed four, including a toddler, before turning the gun on himself.

This is George Zimmerman's MySpace page. Years before he stood at the center of an international storm over the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, the Florida man used his page to complain about "mexicans" and celebrate a victory in a criminal case against him.

Today, it remains a small window into the life of a man who has gone into hiding while he awaits trial on a second-degree murder charge. Showing him with a history of relationships with people of multiple races, it also complicates the image critics have painted of him being a racist.

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The police chief of Oceanside, Calif., confirmed on Wednesday that former NFL star Junior Seau was found by his girlfriend with a gunshot wound to the chest in what appears to be a suicide.

Chief Frank McCoy said the girlfriend called police at 9:35 a.m. PT to report the death, according to UT San Diego.

Earlier, the North County Times and Los Angeles Times newspapers reported conflicting information about who found his body and where the gunshot wound was discovered. Both cited anonymous sources.

A chaplain for the San Diego Chargers confirmed the death of former NFL star Junior Seau on Wednesday, the UT San Diego reported.

The newspaper reported earlier that police had been called to the football great's house after getting a 911 call about a suicide.

From the UT:

Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell said he was notified of the death and is on his way to be with family members.

“Junior was an icon not only in San Diego but throughout the nation. Of course this will affect a lot of people, not in the least the children and kids who look up to him,” Mitchell said.

Ex-NFL star Junior Seau was found dead Wednesday morning after committing suicide with a gunshot wound to the chest at his California home just north of San Diego, according to a report from the North County Times.

The newspaper said he was found dead by his housekeeper. Police responded to the home a short time later.

The lawyer for the man accused of killing unarmed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin announced on Tuesday a former IRS agent has been hired to oversee his client's defense fund.

Last week, attorney Mark O'Mara revealed that his client, George Zimmerman, managed to raise more than $200,000 in just a few weeks using a crudely built website and a PayPal account to take donations for his defense in a case that has drawn international attention.

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The secret source that legendary journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein referred to as a "mystic" in their investigation that brought down President Nixon turns out to have been a grand juror who spoke to them in a likely violation of the law.

The revelation came out on Sunday when one of Woodward's former research assistants published an article for New York Magazine, poking holes in a tale that seemed to have been a cemented part of journalistic lore.

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