Frontpage words - January 13, 2010

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Same culprit suspected in 5 acid attacks

by Clifford Lobr> SCMP, page A1 January 13, 2010


1. a team of plain-clothes police patrolled the area
- police wearing ordinary clothing, not police uniforms, so they are less noticeable -

2. choice of old buildings with lax security
- careless, negligent, slack -

... and the use of the same kind of corrosive acid
- A corrosive acid is one that will eat away anything or anyone that comes in contact with it -

3. The officer said the perpetrator appeared to have investigated the site
- criminal, wrongdoer -

5. it was a calculated act
- an act that was carefully thought out in advance -

6. Officers had also stepped up patrols and surveillance
- increased -

7. anyone acting suspiciously
- strangely, in a way that could lead you to believe that they are guilty -

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