Example of News Item – Manhole covers are being stolen

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Again, lets learn news item text as one of English text types which should be studied by students of high schools. What is news item text? And how this news story  is differed from other types? To answer these two questions, simply just return to its generic structure.
As many sources state that a news item text should be composed with 3 elements of schematic structure. They are News Worthy Event, Background Events, and Source.  So any text which tell an event of news consumption and followed the background on how the news happens and finally finished validity statement for the news by the trusty sources then it must be a news item text. To make it clear, lets see the following sample!
Manhole Covers are Being Stolen as News Item Sample
News item text: EnglishAdmin.com
More than 30 manhole covers have been stolen in the city’s Brooklyn, Queens and Bronx boroughs since early March, presumably by thieves selling them for scrap metal.
Manhole covers are stolen on occasion but the recent thefts are a marked increase. “Stealing manhole covers is dangerous,” said Milovan Blair, Con Edison’s vice president for Brooklyn-Queens Electric Operations. “Anyone who steals these covers creates a serious hazard for pedestrians and motorists.”

The covers are made of cast iron or composite materials and can weigh as much as 300 pounds (136 kg). The high price of metals make them attractive to sell as scrap.
Witnesses have reported seeing thieves wearing utility-style clothing but without official insignia prying open covers with a car jack, loading them onto pickup trucks and driving away, Con Edison said in a statement.
Note: This example of news item text is re-arranged from www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/03/us-crime-newyork-manhole-idUSBRE84210I20120503
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