As soon as I entered the office this morning, I got pushed into the conference room by our advertising director.
"Great, you're here!" he said with relief and kept directing me away from my office and into teh big room.
He then turned to walk away, a little too quickly, and I could hear him mumble "enjoy" under his breath.
In the conference room were two angry black women and my publisher, all looking a bit distraught.
"I just don't understand," one of the women said. "Why you gotta put my background information in? Why you gotta do that?"
Once we established she was one of the people who had been arrested a few days ago, and was accused of wielding a knife at a young man allegedly smoking crack cocaine outside her building, she claimed she'd never been convicted of anything and that everything about the knife was false.
We calmly told her we could check our facts but that the information came from the local police, and if there was anything wrong, she would have to take it up with them.
The friend said "See, I told you so! Why you gotta come here and yell at them for???" and then the real action took off.
We showed them to the elevator door, but the two women argued louder and louder and were finally screaming at each other "You're not the one who's losing the house - you just shut the (expletive) up!)"
Others in our office were hiding in their cubicles, wondering if they should call the cops.
The elevator finally came and off the women went - with a few faded screams as the elevator took them down 4 floors. It could not leave fast enough.
Of course, once we checked the court records online and her arrest report, the woman was indeed guilty of drug violations and violating a protective order and police did indeed say she threatened a man with a knife over the weekend. It didn't make us feel any better about the situation.
As I made it to my office, I had a call from a reader in Killingworth telling me that apparently said in our paper that the New Haven mayor - an outstanding and friendly man - was being investigated for by federal officials for taking bribes from a developer, when in fact it was the mayor of Shelton who was under investigation.
"How could we do this to such a nice man?" the reader wanted to know.
And finally, someone who was named frequently in the comment section of our web site decided to hit "report abuse" on any comment that mentioned his name, which lead us to a long discussion on what constitutes a public person. Is the man who owns most of the company where six people just died in an explosion considered a public person? The story and all discussions and questions around it are certainly newsworthy and it's in the public's right to know. Does the fact that this man is a former city official still make him a current public person? Can you ever stop being a public person? And will this matter in terms of us removing the comments, that in our view were not threatening or libelous?
Tough day today.