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Watching the Olean Times Herald, Aug. 12


This headline stretched across the top half of page 1 today:

Still no details on probe into McCaffery wells

And Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.


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Aug. 13th, 2014 12:15 am (UTC)
...But he is feeling better everyday! A classic SNL skit.
Aug. 13th, 2014 03:21 am (UTC)
The specialty of the local paper here is vagueness.

"A car wreck on Elm Street has traffic backed up. It was unclear how many cars were involved. An ambulance was called to the scene. It was unclear if there were injuries. Police did not know the names of the drivers or what the circumstances of the accident were. To be updated."
Aug. 13th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC)
In many newsrooms, editors assign rookies to the cops beat. It's really a place for veterans.

If this item was written on deadline and this is all the information the reporter had, it surely could have been better written. And at the very least, an editor should have made sure a time element was included:

Police are investigating a traffic accident that occurred shortly before 10 a.m. today on Elm Street. No injuries had been reported as of press time. Further details were unavailable.

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