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Saturday, November 12, 2005
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courant.com | Newspaper Apologizes For Offensive Caption On Its Web Site: "DANBURY, Conn. -- The News-Times has apologized and fired a copy editor who put an offensive caption on its Web page under a photo of a girls' high school soccer team.

The Immaculate High School girls' team was celebrating a goal scored in a championship-clinching win Nov. 5. The newspaper's Web site published a photograph of the jubilant team, but said it was celebrating a teammate's decision to 'come out of the closet as a lesbian.'

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'It was a flagrant, awful violation of every journalistic principle,' said Paul Steinmetz, the paper's editor. 'It's just embarrassing to us and untenable.'

The copy editor, who was not identified, was 'goofing around' and didn't realize the caption had gone online, Steinmetz said."
 
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