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Persistence vindicates seat belt maker

Updated: April 16, 2001, 1:29 PM ET
By Jack Arute | ESPN.com

The Orlando Sentinel is owed an apology. When the central Florida paper went to court to get a look at Dale Earnhardt's autopsy photos I lamented their actions. Tim Franklin, The Sentinel's publisher maintained that they were simply attempting to get to the bottom of the seven-time NASCAR champion's death.

Disingenuous was my response. Leave the investigation to the experts, I cried.

Guess what? Were it not for the Sentinel's dogged pursuit, many of us would still be speculating ...

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