From your August 2, 2011 about trains through town:
Almonte and Carleton Place residents were surprised to hear the plaintiff sound of a train whistle this morning as an engine moved slowly through town.
I think the word should be plaintive – there is no legal issue with the train whistle …
Editor’s note: Thank you for the correction. The author of the article is a lawyer. Perhaps that explains, but does not excuse, the error. It has now be corrected.