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    Why is this news? Judge laments family breakdown

    I noticed this was a Mail frontpage in the shop today, and I thought that was tenuous even if I'm not surprised by a newspaper searching around for something that fits their agenda. But why the heck is the BBC putting this in the top 3 stories?

    Mr Justice Coleridge is one of twenty senior judges in the Family Court. The Family Court seems to come quite some way down the pecking order, if the judiciary's own website is to believed.


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    And, using very strong language, Mr Justice Coleridge warned of a bleak future if the UK did not address the problems he described.

    He said "the effects of family breakdown" would, within the next 20 years, be "as marked and as destructive as the effects of global warming".
    Slightly warmer and wetter winters in Lancashire, with occasional torrential rain over Burnley?


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      Lots of material about the practices of the BBC News website in Flat Earth News by Nick Davies.

      Among other things, hacks are told to get their story online quicker than the site's competitors, and to write the first four paragraphs in a short, clipped style that can be lifted and put in Ceefax. The result is that loads of avoidable errors appear in stories. It's a real Burger King approach to news.


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        If you guys think it has gotten bad on your side of the pond, just look at who is running Sam Zell's Tribune Company.

        "The Times reported for tomorrow's paper that Abrams' "long, rambling, excited" emails are scaring the crap out of everyone:

        "If we can morph the Soul of Dylan ... with the innovation of Apple and the eccentric-all-the-way-to-the-bank of Bill Veeck, the WORLD will be a better place," he wrote in one missive.

        How would Abrams improve Tribune's struggling newspaper? By composing "front pages primarily composed of colorful maps," according to the Journal.

        He also wants to shake up meetings with a "'cliché buzzer,' to ring when colleagues offer tired ideas."

        . . . .

        "Michaels is now installing pinball machines and a jukebox at Tribune corporate headquarters in Chicago. Because there's nothing like pinball when you have $12.8 billion in debt, deteriorating credit and are worried about missing payments."