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December 11, 2012 4:51 PM

'Massacre' headline carries connotation

Here's a point from a reader about a headline on a wire item in yesterday's paper that read "Family massacred." Really, would that have been the headline had it not been a Native American family? Perpetuating stereotypes? I don't recall other family tragedies being referred to as "massacres". Perhaps that is only used when "the Injuns" are involved. I checked The Star's past stories in the electronic library and found that word has been used for a wide range of stories about killings

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