Indy ‘Star’ Editor Out After Alleged Plagiarism

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(AP) An assistant sports editor for The Indianapolis Star has lost his job over information in a story that the newspaper’s editor said was taken from the sports Web site ESPN.com without attribution.

Dave Lewandowski’s departure was announced by Star Editor and Vice President Dennis R. Ryerson on the front of the newspaper’s sports section Saturday.

The statement did not indicate whether Lewandowski was fired or resigned, and Lewandowski declined to discuss the circumstances of his departure after five years with the Star.

“I believe I made it a better sports section in many ways,” the 44-year-old said Saturday.

Ryerson’s note said a story Tuesday by Lewandowski contained “a substantial amount of information that was taken from another source without permission or attribution.”

The story involved Cleveland Cavaliers rookie LeBron James and his impact on ticket sales.

“Substantial portions of the story, though accurate, were taken from a Sept. 10 ESPN.com story,” Ryerson’s note said. “Lewandowski, who has been a well-regarded member of our newsroom team, has left the newspaper.”

Ryerson’s note said the newspaper’s policy was to “obtain information firsthand or to attribute the information to the appropriate news source.” The note said employees at the Star do not “take information from other sources and present it as our own.”

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