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Editorial editor retires after plagiarism inquiry

Associated Press
Published November 3, 2004

JACKSONVILLE - The editorial page editor of the Florida Times-Union retired after a committee found three instances of plagiarism and other times when material was not properly attributed on the editorial pages, publisher Carl Cannon announced in Tuesday editions.

Cannon appointed a committee to look into reports of plagiarism after an article by a former Times-Union staffer was published by a weekly alternative newspaper, which claimed the daily newspaper used material from other sources without attribution.

After learning of the committee's finding, Lloyd Brown, editorial page editor since 1993, told Cannon he wanted to retire. Cannon accepted his resignation.

"In my view, the critical element of the issue is intent," Brown said. "At no time have we ever attempted to pass off someone else's work as our own. If other material was used without proper attribution, it was inadvertent. Regardless, because of the issue, I cannot continue to be an effective voice for the editorial board of the Florida Times-Union."

Brown, who worked for the Times-Union for 42 years, was responsible for editorials and oversight of letters to the editor and the opposite-editorial page.

The committee found instances of plagiarism back to 1996.

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