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April 21, 2013

HOPKINS: Putting aside a bitter rivalry

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About 10 days ago, reporter Joe Olenick listened in on a conference call about the safety status of dams across the state. It was hosted by Senator Chuck Schumer. Joe slugged the story “dam schumer.” I announced, loudly, in the newsroom that I thoroughly enjoyed Joe’s story slug. “That’s what I say about every politician,” I said.

That became a joke in the newsroom for the rest of the day. Dam this. Dam that. “Hey, Joe, are you done with that dam story?” You get the idea.

Imagine my horror when I picked up the US&J the next day when, on the left side of the front page I saw a teaser (a photo and caption referring to a story inside) called “Needs Fixing,” alluding to the Schumer story. The caption read, “Sen. Chuck Schumer says New York damns are in need of repair.”

That’ll learn me. And I said something much stronger than “dam.”

I sincerely apologize to anyone who took offense to that front page mishap.

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