Then perhaps we should merge Punchy's thread into this one?
Technically, Punchy's post was reporting on the NY Daily News article announcing the event while this post is a seperate press release which contains different information.
Also, merging the LOLtron threads would be useless as the front page would simply create a new one. Taking down Punchy's article would remove the comments attached to it, which would cause potential butthurt of its own.
All in all, it's simply less of a pain to just keep both of them up and force posters to decide whether to comment in one or both of the threads.