Timothy Rankin, an Albany, NY, bar owner, was recently charged with hiring a man to beat up a restaurant critic for the local paper, according to an Associated Press story. The newspaper, the Albany Times Union, had previously reported on the bar owner's troubles with the law, including failure to pay taxes, allowing underaged drinking and running up parking tickets. To be fair, the stories were written by other reporters for the paper, so why Steve Barnes, the staff food writer, was the ...

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