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- From Crimson White's April Fools' Day edition

“At first @TheCrimsonWhite got me,” tweeted Caitlin Hunnicutt. “I was really confused but then I realized its the April Fools edition.”

That’s the problem when April Fools’ Day newspapers are published on March 30 — you’re just not expecting the journalists to pull one over on you.

The University of Alabama’s Crimson White and Daily Nebraskan put out their April Fools editions today. Do you know of others? Please tip me off to them.

READERS’ TIPS:
* The Compost (Allegheny College)
* University of Wisconsin Daily Cardinal (starts at page 9)

Sarah Tressler, who has been fired by the Houston Chronicle for not disclosing her stripper job, tells “Good Morning America”: “The reason I started dancing is, it sort of just boils down to money: the economy was bad, and I couldn’t get a job at a bookstore, like a Barnes and Noble. …I think the most I ever made in one night [as a stripper] was maybe $2,000.”

Naive? “The idea of somebody outing me, seemed like it would be like such a mean thing to do that I never thought anybody would do it.”

Her life now? “I think I’m doing pretty well. I mean, I was a stripper-reporter-professor, and now I’m just a stripper-professor. I don’t think that’s too bad.”

Houston Press editor Margaret Downing tells “GMA”: “We aren’t prudes; we’re hardly very conservative about these things. We have nothing against strippers, it’s just a good story.”

* Houston Press and Jezebel.com cover the “GMA” interview || Watch it here

FWIW DEPT.: It appears that the last story Tressler wrote for the Chronicle was “The Hipster’s Guide to Oral Hygiene”

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.

* Community says good-bye to century-old Leader-Call
* “So this is how is ends”

There are newsroom reports in Philadelphia that a deal for the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com will be announced on Friday.

These reports circulate just as Philly.com posts a story about an insurance payback deal “allegedly orchestrated by George E. Norcross III, the South Jersey insurance executive and Democratic Party power broker who is chairman of the board of Cooper University Hospital in Camden …[and] part of an investment group seeking to buy the company that owns The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com.”

Norcross was also featured in last Sunday’s Inquirer; the story described how he used his political muscle to reinvigorate Cooper Hospital.

Graphic: Gawker.com

Stephanie Eisner, who drew the Daily Texan’s controversial Trayvon Martin cartoon, was fired on Wednesday night after the University of Texas paper’s five-member board met and crafted an apology.

What does she have to say about the board’s action?

“She sent us an email explaining how she felt, and we’re just seeing that now,” Daily Texan associate editor Matt Daley told me at about 2:45 p.m. ET. (Editor-in-chief Viviana Aldous was unavailable to comment; she’s left town and won’t be back until Monday, says adviser Doug Warren.) Daley said he hadn’t finished reading the email — “it’s a little long” — and suggested I contact Eisner if I wanted to know what she said. (I have sent her an email.)

I asked Daley how Eisner’s cartoon was handled. “We reviewed it the way we normally review cartoons,” with the five editorial board looking it over. Did anyone question the Martin cartoon? Daley declined to say. || Meanwhile, there’s a petition effort to get Eisner reinstated.

* Here’s what the Esquire writer is referring to