May 3, 2011

Note to readers

Breaking news never comes at an opportune time.

As the word spread about Osama bin Laden's demise in his stronghold in Pakistan, our newspapers were bound, stacked and heading for subscribers and vendors all around Central Maine.

We could not call them back.

Many readers wrote and called today to express their displeasure. Yet printed newspapers must abide by their deadlines.

Breaking news, though, cares nothing about such restrictions.

Thanks to the great work of our staff, however, all the stories and highlights from the historic night were available at and onlinesentinel .com as information became available.

We made sure our readers got access to everything we knew.

In that vein, today we're offering expansive coverage of bin Laden's killing, with everything from blow-by-blow accounts from Pakistan to the reactions of the soldiers, neighbors and schoolchildren within our communities.

Newspapers have suffered the whims of breaking news for decades. The death of Osama bin Laden was just another remarkably ill-timed example.

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