Thursday, June 23, 2011

You mean ...

For restaurants around the Orange County Courthouse, the Casey Anthony verdict is already in.

The trial has bumped up business a bit, but owners say it's mostly been a disappointment.

Oh NOES!!!! You mean the most super-important trial in all of recorded history hasn't actually brought all of humanity flocking to your annoying provincial rat capital?

Eateries are comfortably crowded, but customers aren't lining up outside the doors. Some that planned to beef up staffing and extend their hours ended up quickly going back to regular operations.

Fratelli's Italian Restaurant near the courthouse on Orange Avenue tried serving breakfast but soon stopped.

And why would that be?

"It wasn't working at all," co-owner Julian Serjani said. "It was a lot of extra hours for us."

Customers packed the tables Tuesday during lunch, but Serjani said many in the lunch crowd are regular diners — not reporters or gawkers in town for Anthony's murder trial.

"It's not like, wow, what we thought it was going to be," Serjani said. "But it's a little bit of extra business."

Perhaps this 1A story could serve as a reminder. Any time you want to pull this small-bore tank-town murder tale off the front page, you can. You can wait for evidence that the world hasn't changed, but you don't have to. You can exercise news judgment on your own.

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Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

I'm taking a short workshop in summarizing and the instructor used a clip from ABC about this trial. I had to admit I'd never heard of it...

10:25 AM, June 23, 2011  
Blogger Strayhorn said...

I had to Google it too. I suppose I formed a White Chick(tm) filter after the Natalie Holloway mess.

1:52 PM, June 23, 2011  

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