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Free Flight Grounds Kansas City Star Reporter

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Free Flight Grounds Kansas City Star Reporter

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Free flight grounds Kansas City Star reporter

A Kansas City Star reporter doing a story about U.S. Sen. Bob Dole's use of corporate planes was grounded by his paper when it came out he had accepted a free ride with Dole in one of those planes.

Star editor Joe McGuff told readers in a June 1 column that Washington correspondent Jake Thompson had violated the newspaper's "strict code of ethics" by failing to pay for a flight he took on a corporate plane while covering Dole last November.

The free flight - from Providence, R.I., to New Bedford, Mass., and then on to Washington, D.C. - came to the newspaper's attention only in late May, McGuff said.

By that time, Thompson had just finished an article that took a generally disapproving look at the Kansas senator's frequent travel on corporate planes.

The story Thompson wrote was postponed, and given to another reporter, who will do a broader piece touching on a number of political figures along with Dole, McGuff said in a telphone interview. …

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