Watergate hero Bob Woodward, memorialized by Robert Redford, met his source "Deep Throat" in a dimly lit parking lot.
In the movie "The Post," the Pentagon Papers showed up out of order, in a brown box, without page numbers and led Washington Post reporters to the Supreme Court.
Some tips to us here at ABC13 are not quite as epic.
One recent tip came in an envelope with an Abilene return address, an Austin zip code, and a north Houston postmark.
And just about the time I start to take myself a little too seriously, I pull out the remnant of an old Subway sandwich wrapper fed through an old-fashioned typewriter.
"There is a nuclear medical waste site under a public sidewalk in the medical center," it reads.
We get the address, GPS coordinates and one more instruction, "Look for steel cap."
A little sleuthing takes us right to it and right where the tipster warned us it would be: that steel cap.
A little more sleuthing reveals it's no secret. It is a state-regulated, well reported medical nuclear waste site. The TCEQ knows all about it and so does MD Anderson.
MD Anderson actually says it goes all the way back between 1957 and 1961. That was back in the black and white days when docs wore short hair and skinny ties, and medical machinery was straight out of science fiction.
MD Anderson confirms it buried nuclear waste in a concrete clad steel canister. The state and hospital say it is no risk to the city that's grown up around it.
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