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Tampa paper apologizes to readers

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Tribune apologized to its readers
and the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday after mistakenly running an
editorial saying the hockey team had lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Publisher Gil Thelen said it was unclear how the mistake was
made Monday night as the newspaper rushed to press following the
Lightning's 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in Game 7.

The Tribune had prepared two editorials -- one for a win and one
for a loss. But despite placing the correct editorial in its
computerized page-making system, the one prepared for a loss
appeared in the newspaper's 275,000 copies.

Thelen and Tribune Editor Frank Denton said the newspaper was
investigating the error to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Editorial Page Editor Rosemary Goudreau issued a statement on
the newspaper's affiliated Web site, TBO.com, telling readers "We
took a puck in the gut this morning."

The incorrect editorial that appeared in the paper opened, "The
Tampa Bay Lightning didn't win the National Hockey League's Stanley
Cup last night. But the team had a championship season
nevertheless."

The correct editorial, which didn't get in the paper, lauded the
Lightning and credited the team for generating pride and excitement
in the community.

A similar mistake happened to the New York Post last October
when early editions of the paper carried an editorial bemoaning the
Yankees' loss to the Boston Red Sox in the AL Championship Series. But the Yankees had staged a late rally to tie Game 7 and
then won in extra innings.