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The following two on-line articles are both about the arrest of a reality television celebrity, Adam Jasinski who was the thirty-year-old winner of the U.S. series Big Brother 9, a then popular reality TV show. One of these, however, was published in the celebrity gossip source TMZ, under the banner of being "entertainment news." The other was published in The Huffington Post, an American web-based political news site with feature blogs and commentary. Which words and phrases denote the type of audience targeted by the writers? What does each writer assume their readers know or don’t know about the events and the individual involved? Who is the intended reader for each? Which one is intended primarily to inform, and which is intended more to entertain? Why?  

Adam "Baller" Jasinski won "Big Brother" in 2008 -- and now he'll be sharing living space with even more strangers behind bars ... because cops say he used his $500,000 winnings to fund a drug dealing business. According to FOX 25, Jasinski was busted Saturday night by the DEA with 2,000 Oxycodone pills during an attempted drug deal in North Reading, MA. Jasinki was thrown in jail and charged with possession of Oxycodone pills with intent to distribute. Cops say Jasinski admitted to funding his illegal venture with his $500,000 winnings from the show. He'll remain in police custody until his next hearing on Thursday. Adam faces up to 20 years in the slammer and a $1 million fine. UPDATE: Big Brother was definitely watching when Jasinski got busted -- the person he was allegedly trying to sell the pills to was a government witness who was wearing a wire. Cops say Jasinski pulled a pill-stuffed sock from his pants and handed them over -- and that's when they swooped in for the bust. The arresting officer also claims Jasinski did not go quietly into custody, accusing the reality star of putting up a struggle before he got Adam into a fresh pair of cuffs. Adam Jasinski, the winner of reality TV show Big Brother 9 has confessed to using his $500,000 prize to buy thousands of Oxycodone pills and resell them, authorities said. Adam Jasinski, 31, of Delray Beach, Florida, has been charged with attempting to sell 2,000 Oxycodone pills in Massachusetts to a government witness. Federal prosecutors said Jasinski was arrested Saturday after he flew to Boston and showed the witness a sock containing two plastic bags filled with Oxycodone, a powerful painkiller that is a popular street drug because of its euphoric effects. As agents tried to arrest Jasinski at a strip mall in North Reading, he struggled and threw the sock under a car parked nearby, Todd Prough, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, said in an affidavit filed in court. Jasinski won $500,000 last year on the CBS reality show, in which contestants live under constant surveillance and vote once a week to evict each other in hopes of becoming the last house guest standing and winning the grand prize. Prough said in the affidavit that Jasinski told him that he has been using his winnings to buy thousands of Oxycodone pills and has been reselling them along the East Coast for the past several months. Jasinski's lawyer, Valerie Carter, did not immediately return a call Tuesday. He faces a maximum of twenty years in prison and a $1 million fine on a charge of possession of Oxycodone pills with intent to distribute.

Last Updated: 01/16/2016


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