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Jennifer Graham

Plagiarism — or just banality that’s contagious?

If I can’t make this column memorable, I’ll at least try to make it short. In doing so, I’ll plagiarize both the Mansfield superintendent of schools and the Navy admiral who led the SEAL team that got Osama bin Laden.

But when I run the “memorable and short” line through the plagiarism detector at, the website tells me “zero issues found.” So presumably, I can use the old joke with abandon. Not so Brenda Hodges, newly in the job market as punishment for employing platitudes in a Mansfield commencement speech. Her ouster was outrageous, an instance of corporal punishment for a time-out offense.

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