Sun-Times hard copy p. 2, at top, two lines, inch-high type, extra black:
DANGER AT TRACK HAD BEEN KNOWN
In the AP story, 12th ‘graf of 14:
The danger of the Whistler [B.C.] track has been talked about for months — particularly after several countries, including the United States, were upset with restrictions over access . . . by nations other than Canada, some noting it could lead to a safety issue. [italics added]
Talk about, could lead to a . . .? Nothing known, except by headline-writer, and he ain’t tellin’.
Had to type it out because nowhere at S-T site is the story, much less its egregious head. Instead, there’s a different AP story, with this about safety, which is not a dead issue, screwy headlines or not:
It was unclear how fast Kumaritashvili was going, although many sliders have exceeded 90 mph on this course. The track is considered the world’s fastest and several Olympians recently questioned its safety.
More than a dozen athletes have crashed during Olympic training for luge, and some questioned whether athletes from smaller nations — like Georgia — had enough time to prepare for the daunting track.
This story goes on about safety, quoting two sliders, including Australia’s Hannah Campbell-Pegg, who said memorably,
“I think they are pushing it a little too much. To what extent are we just little lemmings that they just throw down a track and we’re crash-test dummies? I mean, this is our lives.”
None of which excuses that hard-copy headline.