The Tony Stewart insurance company story was interesting and apparently broken locally which is fine. The Times claims they had it first and it was plagiarized by the AP, of which I was surprised to hear they are no longer a member. I thought everyone was. Times have changed.
Of course , it's best to independently confirm a story someone else got first, and if someone at the AP cut a corner, they be bad.
Back in the day news was routinely rewritten out of the paper without attribution...especially in small markets...Bigger stories it was considered good manners to attribute.
If they are really concerned, perhaps a letter pointing it out that they are no longer members as I doubt some AP big wig said, 'lets purloin a story from the Johnsons." Write the letter yourself and don't pay the Syracuse lawyer $400 an hour to write it.
I think I had the broken tree on Court Street story before anyone else, but I am not upset if anyone uses my photo I took this AM.
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