|At 12:30 p.m. Friday, Euclid Avenue in Hackensack was covered with only slush, to the relief of residents who feared driving on streets that hadn't been cleared by city public works plows.|
"I miss the drawings of editorial cartoonist Jimmy Margulies in The Record. He brought a local and state perspective to skewer the politicians and bring about commentary on social issues. The replacement cartoons haven't matched his skills. This week alone, I believe all the cartoons focused only on the sequestration. Maybe since the NY Times has no editorial cartoonist, Marty Gottlieb saw no need for one in-house at his new domain?"
Sykes, Sforza rule
On local-news coverage, Gottlieb has allowed head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes and her deputy, Dan Sforza, to shift the focus from such diverse communities as Hackensack, Teaneck and Englewood to Tenafly, Ridgewood and other wealthy towns.
This week's spurt of news from Hackensack (four stories in as many days and today's delightful A-1 story on the clock tower at the Johnson Public Library on Main Street) appears to be a fluke.
Gottlieb, who is in his mid-60s, seems to have taken the job at The Record to ease gently into retirement, leaving the status quo intact.
Sloppy editing continues on A-3 today in the lead paragraph of a story on the sentencing of a woman with multiple sclerosis.
The first paragraph says she "was wheeled into court on a hospital bed Friday was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of her husband."
This would have worked with the word "who" inserted before "was wheeled into court," or the word "and" instead of "was" in "was sentenced to 40 years."
The Local section today is one of the few without a filler photo of a rollover or other non-fatal accident, allowing readers to enjoy the skills of photo staffers Carmine Galasso, Don Smith, Tariq Zehawi, Kevin R. Wexler, Danielle Parhizkaran and Viorel Florescu.