I spoke with a caller today who had a very understandable request: Her name is Kathy Pisciotta, whose family owned the well-known Pisciotta Fruit & Vegetable Co. Inc. in Kansas City for many decades. It closed in 2000.

Ms. Pisciotta told me her family has been getting a lot of questions about Vincent Pisciotta, one of the three men currently on trial for the arson of the downtown Hereford House restaurant.

Vincent is not related to the produce company family of the same name. So should news coverage mention that?

I can see why the produce Pisciottas would want that bit of information to be included, as many people know their name. There are dozens of people by that name in the metro area, and I'm sure they're not all related, but the profile of the produce business does make that branch something of a public name.