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Plagiarism at Voice of America?

I was reading a VOA article about marathons by Shelley Gollust and Jerilyn Watson. It's dated April 5, 2002. Then I read another VOA article about marathon's dated by Mario Ritter, dated November 2, 2004. I noticed it sounded familiar.

The first article had this paragraph:

Other people join the Boston Marathon just for fun. These people have not officially joined the race. They just start running with the crowds. They are called bandits. Many of them probably will finish hours after the serious runners. But these unofficial racers are just as happy. They sometimes kiss the ground after crossing the finish line.

The second article had this paragraph:

Some people run in the Boston Marathon just for fun. These people have not officially joined the race. They just start running with the crowds. They are called "bandits." Many of them finish the race hours after the serious runners. But these unofficial racers are just as happy. They sometimes kiss the ground after crossing the finish line.

There are subtle tweaks to the words, but that's the same paragraph. I suppose it's not earth-shattering news to know that reporters copy from other people's work but I wonder how many other times Mr. Ritter has done this?

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