Thursday, April 27, 2006

Line of Duty

It sounds like something out of Paul Grondahl's series last week about the days of old-time newspapering, where reporters and cops bellied up to the same bars in nighttown Albany. Except it wasn't the old-times, it was Tuesday ---and the cop was Ken Wilcox, who died later that night in a one-car accident on I-90.

The Times Union's story today about Wilcox's death centers around reporter Steve Barnes first-hand account of the police detective's long evening at Noche, the swank Broadway nightspot. It's an unexpected shot to the gut after a day of the all the tragic line of duty death stuff; In a world where timing is everything, having a reporter sitting down the bar can be about as bad as it gets.