I certainly don’t want to minimize the tragedy of yesterday’s fatal stabbing on Felker Street, but when I read the small piece in the print edition of today’s Globe, it seemed something was missing. Here it is, from www.bostonglobe.com, under the headline “Stabbings leave one dead, two injured.”
Three people were stabbed, one fatally, near Felker Street and Commonwealth Avenue around 10 a.m. yesterday, the Middlesex district attorney’s office said. Timothy Lewis, 34, of Chelmsford, died of his wounds. The other two victims were treated for injuries not believed to be life-threatening. Local and State Police are investigating. The district attorney’s office said the stabbings did not appear to be random. No arrests have been made, prosecutors said. No further information was immediately available.
If you read the piece carefully, you will find that the word “Lowell” is omitted entirely. That’s fine with me. I’ve frequently commented that regional reporting of Lowell criminal events severely undercuts our efforts to promote the city in a positive light. Too bad other media outlets won’t report the crime stories without identifying the place in which they occur. (Note: A companion story on boston.com is not shy about identifying our city – “One person dead, two others wounded in Lowell stabbing”)