The Star reports that the Indiana State Police have fired two officers involved in an altercation outside of Gregs last year. What's perfectly bizarre about the article is its headline -- "ISP Fires 2 Officers in Gay Bar Incident" -- and the inclusion in the article of a brief and entirely irrelevant comment that Gregs is "proudly gay-owned and operated." Now since the editors included that information in the headline, one would presume that it was important information. But, at least from what the article and other reporting, the altercation was only about a parking space. Is the Star trying to imply there was a homophobic subtext to the altercation? Why is the Star trying to emphasize that the officers were parking in front of a gay bar? What's the point of this? Spit it out already!
It seems to me that either Francesca Jarosz is doing a piss-poor job of reporting what actually transpired or she's captivated by the apparent novelty that gay bars exist. Either way, this article sucks.
Updated, 10:15 PM, 7/30/08
The Star website has changed the link title on the main page to "ISP fires 2 officers in bar-parking incident," but in-article title remains the same and still contains the tidbit about it being a "proudly gay owned and operated bar." In comments, Chuck suggests that the way the article is written gives the false impression that the two police officers were homophobic bullies, when, in fact, they were bullying the man to get into the bar. Perhaps, but I'm not sure one way or another. In fact, the weird inclusion of the whole "gay" angle is just mostly confusing and gives the impression that the Star finds the concept/presence of gay bars in Indianapolis to be, in and of itself, newsworthy.