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A Romenesko reader writes:

The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, had its website crash today in a really hilarious way. There was a lot of city news, like strikes and strippers at city hall and the like, all really Canadian, but it was also the day of Canada’s federal budget — and also one of our largest companies, RIM, was detonating and firing all its staff. In short, it was general news hell and the Star’s website crashed and was reduced to, not essentially, but literally, a blog. See screen shot. It’s still like that as of as of half past midnight.

I’ve left a message for Star digital editor Shawna Richer.

In the meantime, a Star staffer who asked not to be named because he’s not authorized to speak for the paper told me that site experienced problems for “a fair number of hours,” starting late afternoon. He said he doubted that “general news hell” caused TheStar.com to crash, “but I’m not privy to any specific information as to what the cause was.”

UPDATE: Star spokesman Bob Hepburn called me back and said the reason why the website went down is still unknown. “We’re still doing forensic work to find the cause” of the crash.

Roger Ailes, head of the right-leaning Fox News Channel, and Joe Sciacca, head of the right-leaning Boston Herald.

* Governor: “The Herald is in the business of making sure you’re angry”

* Boston mayor calls Herald’s new offices “a modern media marvel that ‘screams Boston'”

(Sciacca photo by Stuart Cahill)

On Wednesday, the City of Sanford issued a press release asking the media to “refrain from approaching, phoning or emailing city employees when they are in their roles as private citizens” and warning that “law enforcement officials will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking.”

On Thursday, the city said that “upon reevaluation, it is clear that portions of that Advisory were improvidently issued” and that the warnings are rescinded.

The Orlando Sentinel points out that “the change of heart … came shortly after an attorney representing the Orlando Sentinel and WFTV-Channel 9 wrote to City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. contending that the directive was unconstitutional.”

The first release:

For Immediate Release, March 29, 2012
For Further Information Contact: PIO@sanfordfl.gov

Sanford, Fl – March 29, 2012 —

On March 28, 2012 the City of Sanford issued Media Advisory Number 23 (Press Release 23). Upon reevaluation, it is clear that portions of that Advisory were improvidently issued. The first two paragraphs of that Advisory are hereby rescinded. The contact telephone numbers in the last paragraph of the Advisory remain valid. The City of Sanford regrets any inconvenience caused by the improvident wording of the Advisory.

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Press Release 23:

From: “One, PIO” Date: March 28, 2012 4:12:54 PM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Public Information Release

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release, March 28, 2012
For Further Information Contact: PIO@sanfordfl.gov

Sanford, Fla – March 28, 2012 — The City of Sanford kindly requests that members of the media refrain from approaching, phoning or emailing city employees when they are in their roles as private citizens. It has come to light that there have been a few incidents where city staff were followed and approached at their home or in settings outside of working hours.

Law enforcement officials will not hesitate to make an arrest for stalking.