Friday, November 18, 2011

Defending the worst of today's youth

Washington Heights seen from the west tower of...
This week's expose on executive pay abuses at the Port Authority came
a few months after the agency OK'd big Hudson River toll and fare hikes.

For the second day in a row, nine high school football players charged with aggravated assault land on Page 1 -- this time for an impassioned defense from their coach.

Wayne Hills head Coach Chris Olsen even disputes the police accounts of what happened the night the athletes allegedly attacked and beat two students from rival Wayne Valley High School, kicking and stomping one of them.

Today's story said the alleged attacks occurred after a house "party," but it doesn't address whether Andrew Monaghan, 18, Wayne Hills star receiver and cornerback, and eight minors had consumed alcohol.

Why doesn't interim Editor Doug Clancy publish an impassioned defense of the Penn State students who rioted after Coach Joe Paterno was fired? 

Why is the Wayne story even on the front page today? 

On Tuesday, The Record was months late with a Page 1 expose on executive bonuses at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey -- some dating to 2002 -- so now Clancy is beating readers over the head with the third reaction story this week (A-1).

Lazy reporting

On the front of head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes' Local section, a large photo shows a Tenafly police cruiser partially submerged in the swimming pool of the Knickerbocker Country Club (story on L-6).

As with so many stories, "details were sketchy," but it's clear that eliminating one of the Police Department's gas guzzlers won't help borough finances much.

When is Sykes' assignment desk going to report that -- despite rising gasoline prices -- departments in Tenafly, Hackensack, Teaneck and other towns haven't done anything to replace their highly inefficient, V-8 powered police fleets.

Four days after a 6-year-old Ridgewood girl was killed in the driveway of a family friend, an L-1 story identifies an au pair as the driver of the vehicle that killed her.

Road Warrior John Cichowski takes the easy way out again, knitting together another column from reader e-mail (L-1).

Sykes rushes news to readers who were sitting on the edge of their seats, wondering when live racing will return to the Meadowlands Racetrack (L-3).

In utility pole and traffic light news, a photo at the bottom of L-3 documents a minor accident on Route 9W in Englewood Cliffs.

Hackensack news? Tune in tomorrow.

Artery cloggers

In Better Living, Restaurant Reviewer Elisa Ung notes her first impressions of Vincent's Trattoria "were quite positive" after she saw a board out front advertising "delicious desserts" (Pages 18-19).

But she rates the food and service at the Washington Township restaurant only fair to good. Aw, shucks. I guess Ung can't live by dessert alone.

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1 comment:

  1. Elisa Ung must of felt like a pig in shit when she saw that board advertising the desserts.


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