Sorry if I was remiss for not noting that the headline underwent a speedy revision to avoid having it misinterpreted, particularly in the context of Twitter or other linking situations. It's thanks to two people pointing it out shortly after its late-night posting that any ambiguity was eliminated quickly, and that's a good thing, especially to return the focus to the story of the athletes' accomplishments. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
Thanks for noticing. I fixed the link. As a speed bump to spammers, our commenting system disallows w w w. It's unusual these days to need to include the w w w to make a web address work, usually the domain is programmed to "assume" that as a default, but in this case, it was a necessary component. Sorry for the inconvenience. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
I removed a thread of comments that turned into bashing a forum participant. Please remember our forum is a platform for you to express your opinion on issues to all readers, not assail other participants. If you're attacked, please don't attack back. If you don't like someone else's opinions, either ignore them or post your position to the contrary. If you are inclined to engage others in debate, do so in a civil fashion focused on issues. Such discussions can help all readers better grasp various sides of an issue. Most readers have the ability on their own to judge the credibility and value of any given person's history of posts (which can be accessed, btw, by clicking on their screen name). Please understand that, just as if you were addressing a public town hall meeting, the main objective here is to share your views on issues with all of us, not "win" an argument with or blast other participants. Thanks. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
In reviewing, it appears we do have folks in the right vehicles, and the media release said no injuries except Huff. Keep in mind that these releases are preliminary and include the officer's initial observations. Inside the above article, I've added a link to the JCPD media release that accompanied the accident in question. The separately-filed official accident report (available at the PD or via crashdocs.org) is more detailed and may include additional and/or followup information. Regardless, if you believe the police made an omission in their reporting, you should let them know your concerns. (And here's hoping you both are doing OK, by the way.)
It was an editing error. The purchase information was included with the version of the article that appeared in print and e-Edition. Because the information in that context was formatted to be inside a separate box highlighting those details, the online editors (not the reporter) mistakenly failed to notice and add that back into the text when the original version of this page was posted. I've added it to the permanent article text now. Sorry for the inconvenience. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
I figured out the technical problem which is preventing us from adding updates to this page. I confess I unintentionally caused it by introducing errant blank space in the text (which isn't visible here), and it doesn't want to let me fix it. I'm going to close off commenting here and invite you to continue the discussion on the newer story at Boston bombing suspect in custody. I may have to attempt to delete this page if it causes additional problems with the database, but I hope I don't have to, because I don't want to lose the comments in doing so. Sorry for the inconvenience. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
For the latest story about the capture, please see Boston bombing suspect in custody (Sorry to bury this link down here, but we had trouble updating this page again for some unknown glitchy reason, so we started a new one.)
See Authorities: 1 Boston Marathon bomb suspect dead for newer updates.
I believe you're comparing an apple and an orange, plus discounting the habits of several thousands. Both formats of commenting have their advantages and their audiences, and neither diminishes the advantages of the other. The letters to the editor have two primary differences from these online comments. First, the letters to the editor are published both in print and here online; whereas, comments like the ones above are published only online. Thus, letters to the editor potentially reach readers of this website and the tens of thousands of local people who read the printed newspaper. Second, the letters to the editor are perceived by some to have an increased level of credibility because each author is taking complete responsibility for what (s)he writes by signing it. Some people may not read or may give less credence to online comments because they're primarily anonymous and at least some authors may be hiding some relevant motivations when they conceal their identity. (Google "astroturfing.") Therefore, neither format should be overlooked by advocates attempting to communicate their message. And now I need a good off-topic disciplining. :)
Just for the record about that brawl.. Initial spectator video appeared to suggest physical contact within the crowd that spilled onto the court after the game, but a video emerged later with an angle that clearly showed there were no punches thrown. It turned out to be exuberant celebrating. --Rick Brown, online editor, News Tribune
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