I'm probably addressing the wrong audience in this post, but maybe you know somebody who it fits.
Several readers called to complain about our removing the stock listings from the print version of the paper, as they came in about 7:30 and when we first lost our press in the recent flood, we had a 6 pm deadline. It's always hard to say how many readers use a given feature like that in the print edition, until it goes away.
As it was clearly popular, we added in an online ticker in the business section, but that didn't help much for people who prefer to read us only in print.
We then went to running the stocks a day late, before finally sorting out with our provider, Associated Press, a way to get most of the information in time for the print deadline.
The compromise involves omitting the mutual funds, but given there are hundreds of funds and we could publish only a handful, I hope it won't be an inconvenience. Once we can get slightly better deadlines, we also hope to add the results for Fortis to our report. Fortis, which is buying CVPS, is on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and AP has those results just a little later than the NYSE ones.
Having the mayor drop in with a bombshell is almost standard operating procedure around the newsroom. It's not like Mayor Christopher Louras is the only politician to hand out news stories too late in the day to get opposing voices into the reporting, he's just the only local one.
So it wasn't a huge surprise to have Louras drop in with a news flash; given our early deadlines, finding out at 4 pm was a bit more rushed than usual. The story is that the city is closing Dana Center to public use, as of Friday.
As a result, the story in tomorrow's paper is a little desultory. We will be filing an update to the website once the print version is out the door, and another after reporter Gordon Dritschilo attends tonight's Board of Aldermen's meeting. Then tomorrow morning, we'll have a reporter and photographer at the Dana Center to talk to users about to be displaced.
Do you have any memories of the Dana School? Are you affected by the closure? What about the timing of the decision? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to this post, on the website or on Facebook, and we'll follow up as best we can.
Mayor Chris Pieper of Armstrong, British Columbia, has the on-ice edge over Mayor Christopher Louras of Rutland, with the Vancouver Canucks now up 2-0 over the Boston Bruins. But instead of rubbing it in, in stereotypically polite Canadian fashion, he notes how many Boston ties there are to B.C. ...
Mark Recchi "could be Mayor of Kamloops (a city about an hour northwest of Armstrong) by just saying he wanted the job. He is probably the most popular and respected person the city knows."
Zdeno Chara, who played junior hockey in B.C. "The Prince George junior player got to see all of our province and knows personally how much BC people love their hometown hockey."
And, most of all, Bruins demigod Cam Neely, who grew up on Vancouver Island, was drafted by the Canucks and sent to Boston in one of the most unpopular trades in Canucks history, of whom Pieper says "I wish he would run for Mayor of Vancouver."
But Louras wins the best line of the exchange, after noting how Tim Thomas is a fellow UVM alum, by praising Chara: "And they arguably have one of the best defensemen in the NHL, who proudly carries on the tradition of strong, tough players of Irish descent, 6’9” Zden O’Chara."