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Baseball above the fold on Page 1 of The Record of Woodland Park today, and it's not even the World Series.
On the front of Local, a story that should have been on the front page, paired with the Tyler Clementi-inspired suicide prevention forum in Ridgewood, but Editor Francis "Jock Itch" Scandale doesn't see it.
No Hackensack, Teaneck or Englewood municipal news in the paper.
The Teaneck-based newspaper, The Jewish Standard, is reconsidering a decision to ban same-sex marriage notices after buckling under the criticism of Orthodox rabbis. (The editor is the wife of former Record staffer Warren Boroson).
Why is this on the front of Local, unless it is filler for stories the staff didn't file -- again?
The poor residents of Garfield. They've waited 27 years for the cleanup of cancer-causing chromium, and now even if the work begins today, it will take another decade.
But isn't the story the same in Pompton Lakes, Ringwood and other communities?
All these cases expose massive failures of government to protect residents -- and how pathetically weak The Record has been in bringing about change in the communities it covers.
The story is the same inside the newsroom, where Scandale and head Assignment Editor Deirdre "Loafs A Lot" Sykes resist change at all costs.
And how about the column about the Fort Lee mayor who reported a bribe attempt? That would have been perfect paired with the A-1 story on the bribery trial of Ridgefield's mayor.
Oh, that baseball game. Much more important, and Scandale gets to slap the asses of the other male editors in self-congratulations.
Local food coverage in Better Living? Nope. Just more wire service pieces -- one on canned pumpkin on the front and, inside, a pasta recipe. Food coverage appears to be in the same steep decline as local news coverage.