Saturday, September 17, 2005

There Are Days When The Gods Smile Down On LA Cowboy!

Under the this is simply too good to be true category - the LA Times has FINALLY posted a mid-day weekend update at the top of its website. And even better than that - it's about a LOCAL news Story!

Well, kinda local...

Chicago Commuter Train Derails!,0,1125840.story?coll=la-home-headlines

1:35 PM PDT, September 17, 2005

From the Chicago Tribune

By Brendan McCarthy, Tribune staff reporter

A five-car Metra train derailed Saturday morning on an elevated track near 47th and Wentworth, killing one person and injuring more than more than 80 others.

The cause of the accident, which happened about 8:20 a.m., is unknown, said Metra spokeswoman Judy Pardonnet. The train was Rock Island District train No. 504 from south suburban Joliet going to the LaSalle Street station.

That's right kids!

A known terrorist threatens to bomb Los Angeles - and that tape is shown on national network TV and that still doesn't warrant an update on the LA Times website. But have a train derail on local Chicago transit - well - my God - let's stop the presses! People in LA need to know about that - immediately!


5 PM - and in the entire known universe there is still not a single story worthy of adding to last night's LA Times website other than a Chicago commuter train derailing. Luckily, the New York Times website is chock filled with updates of actual news stories.

And, on other fronts, the names of Robert Wise's kids and granddaughter... are still 'unavailable' and the LA Times is still standing by Mike Davis' claim that the housing market in San Francisco has... crashed... while the Editorial Page still insists that only around 700 people died in San Francisco's 1906 fire/earthquake.

The Times' positions on the existence of the tooth fairy and the Easter bunny, however, still await a vote of the Editorial Board.


Bruins Kick Chicago's Transits Butt!

Well, actually, no. But they did bump the Chicago train accident off its place on the front page with the - unexpected UCLA - Yeah, Bruins! - win over the Sooners! But was this story staff written?

Please! Be serious! This is a... weekend. And no one works at the LA Times on weekends. It is - as usual - an AP story. It is also time stamped 4:46 - but it sure as hell was not on my server even at several minutes after 5 PM.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tell us cowboy - do we laugh - or cry?