By VICTOR E. SASSON
Today's amateurish, four-paragraph story on a fatal two-car Thanksgiving Day crash in Teaneck speaks volumes about how Gannett has royally screwed up local-news coverage in The Record.
Even though the victim was identified in a TV news report on Wednesday night, the story in The Record (1L) and on NorthJersey.com as of late this morning doesn't identify her.
Belinda Mercado Loughlin, a labor-and-delivery nurse at Holy Name Hospital, was killed in the collision at Degraw Avenue and Queen Anne Road in Teaneck, only blocks from her aunt's house, where she was planning to celebrate Thanksgiving.
In The Record on Wednesday, editors finally identified a woman who was struck and killed in a River Road crosswalk in front of the Fairleigh Dickinson University campus early Monday morning (3L).
They said Weiqi Wang, 27, was from China and was living in Teaneck after completing graduate studies at FDU.
The driver, Carlos A. Poole, 49, of New Milford was charged with careless driving, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and having an obstructed view.
Wang's death is similar to the deaths of other pedestrians in Hackensack and Leonia in recent years that demonstrate the need for criminal charges when a driver strikes and kills someone in a crosswalk.
But Editorial Page Editor Alfred P. Doblin and Road Warrior Columnist John Cichowski have treated their deaths as so much road kill, judging from their lack of comment.
In a story about feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving, The Record today misspelled the name of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., as "Sen. Bob Mendez" in the text (3L).
A photo of the senator on the same page showed him pushing a cart with Thanksgiving dinners at Eva's Kitchen in Paterson.
But the caption demoted him to a U.S. representative.
When Gannett redesigned the newspaper last week, the production and much of the editing was moved to a Neptune design center, where the company's six other New Jersey dailies are put out.
The design center might as well be on the planet Neptune, judging from how Gannett screwed up the senior New Jersey senator's name and title.