The article, "Pilot Pleads Guilty in S.I. Ferry Crash," is about Richard J. Smith pleading guilty to criminal negligence for the crash of the Andrew J. Barberi ferry on October 15, 2003.
The relevant paragraphs concerning the Slocum quoted here:
"According to the two law enforcement officials, Mr. Smith will plead guilty today to 11 counts of criminal negligence under an obscure maritime law.
"It was used nearly 100 years ago to convict the captain of the General Slocum, an excursion steamer, after more than 1,000 people died in a fire on board. The statute typically applies to a ship's officers, but it can also be applied to public officials."
I'm glad to see that the newspaper is keeping a sense of history alive...