-- — Dear Daily Star readers:
In the print edition of today's newspaper, a highly offensive and misleading headline appeared over a story about the tragic death of Binghamton police officer David Smith on Monday in Johnson City. According to authorities, Smith was killed by James Clark of Greene, who was subsequently shot to death by another Binghamton officer.
The one-column headline erred egregiously by focusing on Clark's death rather than the fact that a police officer was reported to be murdered in the line of duty. That was certainly not our intention. That said, it is an indefensible headline that on behalf of this newspaper I regret deeply and for which I sincerely apologize.
-- Sam Pollak, Editor