I don't think the complaint is over the fact that there are links. It's that they're in the lead.
One of the few lessons I remember from a high school journalism class is that the first few sentences (the "lead") are the most important and should be dense in information as to what the article is about and why the reader wants to read it. It should be extremely easy to read.
Without even considering the hyperlinks, this lead would get an F in my class. It's a run-on sentence with the verb near the end, containing uninteresting details such as the name of the place the students live and the official legal name of the defendant.
The links just add insult to injury because they are rendered for most people in a different color or font, thus interrupting the reading of the sentence.
In most LWN stories, all that junk in the first two sentences would have appeared much further down in the story.
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