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1. Space limitations require that newspapers sometimes have to split words and continue them on the next line and the proper way to do that is to make the split between syllables.

It's quite sloppy-looking (and somewhat ignorant) when papers just split words anywhere they feel like it, but this goes beyond that. What would be the reason for splitting the unsplittable word, "ALL"?

As the second sentence shows, there's enough room in the top line to include the ridiculously-split word AND the next word.

2. Obvious

1. Obvious (but I circled it anyway)

2. What's with those 3 words with no punctuation between the two paragraphs? It's supposed to be one of those mini-headlines in boldface that has spaces above and below to introduce a new subject within an article...............but somebody forgot to do all that. It just looks like sloppiness.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 21, 2017, 01:30:00 PM »
And the sports section keeps bumbling along...........

1. Happy last day of summer!

To commemorate the occasion, The Record used a very stale suggestion today in the below caption. Hurry! There are only a few hours left!

2. This story is about a very unfortunate incident that occurred at Yankee Stadium yesterday, where a 2 year-old girl was hit in the face by a 100+mph line-drive foul ball. The latest I heard is that she's OK, but no real details were provided. Subject matter aside, read the two paragraphs marked with a red X and then the two marked with a red O. Filler? The small red underline shows a new word that causes confusion by adding an "H" for some odd reason.

3. Talk about stale! Since today is Thursday, this sounds like it's about a game next Wednesday, but it's actually about the game that the Yankees won yesterday afternoon...............not late last night - yesterday afternoon.

4. Why is there a comma in this sentence when "and" is already there?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 20, 2017, 01:12:35 PM »
My 3,000th post!

1. Should read, "arrived in Miami"

2. Probably should read, "...I could tell during the season that my muscles probably weren't going to be able to keep up". This might also work: "...probably weren't able to keep up". Either one makes a lot more sense that what was printed.

3. It's as plan as the nose on your face that this is just plain wrong.

4. On September 7, I posted The Record's (mis)use of this same picture and caption in a different article. Still, no one there has even bothered to actually look at the picture and notice the obvious error in direction. I'll bet it happens again.

5. Read the quote from Paterson's historical preservation director. Hamilton faces the falls and if people want to take selfies with the statue and have the falls in the background, they'd be taking pictures of Hamilton's back. That might also be a pretty good reason to kill the plan.

6. Lastly, I give you something that's not really an error, but maybe could be worded differently. Until then, let's all say a prayer for this unfortunate individual who gets hit with this every 40 seconds.

So it DID turn out to be a great photo op and the bus/subway transportation worked out well, though I'd prefer to NOT go through getting on a 165 bus at the Port Authority between 6:00 and 6:30pm ever again. I can't imagine doing that on a daily basis like most everyone else there does.

On to the pix:

1. My $25.00 ticket. I checked the Mets site and on the Saturday before this game when the Mets were home, this seat cost $263.00. Such a deal!

2. The 7 train is underground in Manhattan, but after passing under the East River into more tunnel. I'm in the front car and shot this through the front window as the train emerged from the tunnel as another 7 headed toward Manhattan.

3. This was a tough shot through a side window. The train was moving and every few seconds, something obstructed the view, but I'm happy with this shot. Silvercup Studios - in Long Island City - is the largest film and television production facility in New York City. Behind the sign in Manhattan are (l-r): the Citicorp building (slanted roof), 432 Park Ave (the tallest residential building in the US) and the 59th Street (Queensboro) Bridge.

4. The first view of Citi Field after coming out of the subway station

5. Street begger (I didn't see what the sign said until I saw it on my computer.)

6. This is my angled, 3-picture Citi Field photo-stitch (click to enlarge and start scrolling). In my analog film days, I'd go to the middle of the top deck, last row dead center and shoot a fisheye shot of the entire stadium. Digitally, I would have done a stitch from the same place, but the two upper decks were closed off for this game, so I instead chose this location that was close to my section (122). On top of the visitors' (Yankees) dugout, you can see "WELCOME TO CITI FIELD". If you can locate a guy wearing a Yankee jersey in front of the "O" in the word "TO", he's standing at my seat. That's where I shot all my game images.

7. It's always a good idea to visit the men's room before and after the game. I'm not into taking pictures in public restrooms, but when I saw the sign over the urinal, I had to sneak a fast shot. I have no idea what the Mets need my "deposit" for, but I'm proud to have made two contributions..................I think. (what genius thought that this sign placement was a good idea?)

8. Standing by my seat, I took this picture of Yankees YES Network TV announcer, Michael Kay (center).

9. Major disappointment of the day: no Aaron Judge in the lineup............and he didn't pinch-hit, either.

10. Meredith Marakovits is the New York Yankees' clubhouse reporter and also does all the field pre- and post-game interviews. This picture illustrates the next-biggest disappointment of the day: the netting that was extended this year to include the dugouts and made shooting much more difficult. Boooooo!

11. GAME-TIME! First batter Brett Gardner watches a fastball whiz by his, uh........uniform.

12. Shortstop Didi Gregorius has a great swing and is a funny guy.

13, 14, 15. Catcher (DH-ing today) Gary Sanchez triple-play: in the dugout, at bat and sliding into third.

16. Practical joker Ronald Torreyes makes sure I know what to shoot. I don't know who the guy with bubble gum on his hat is, but I'm pretty sure he's not a player.

17, 18, Reliever Dellin Betances and closer Aroldis Chapman wrap things up.

19. As you can see on the video scoreboard, the Yankees win, 3-2. The dugout empties for on-field high-fives and..............oh, wait - look over on the's Aaron Judge (99) making his sole appearance and giving me my only shot of him (a little late, Bud!).

20. Showers had been predicted and there were a couple of very minor drizzles late in the game that increased slightly as the game ended. After leaving Citi Field and walking to the subway, it started raining much harder just I got under cover. I took this across-the-tracks picture from the Manhattan-bound side just as a 7 train pulled in. Excellent timing on the parts of the rain and the train!

NOTE: From a history standpoint - at the moment - this is the last game in MLB history where two American League teams played a regular-season game in a National League ballpark and it may be the last time it ever happens at Citi Field.

Sometime soon, I hope to be posting an expanded version of this post on .

As usual, click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:00:03 PM »
This is REALLY screwy!

Two different problems popped up in print and online today: connecting stories from a main page to their conclusion on another page and maintaining the same content between print and online editions. And - surprise, surprise - they happened in today's Sports section.

Let's start with the Yankees article: the print and online editions both start the same on page 1S. The second image shows the correct continuation of the split sentence/word online on page 6S, while the third image shows that the rest of the 1S sentence has vanished in the print edition on 6S. In addition, the first four words in the 6S print edition are the last four words of the second 6S paragraph in the online version. If that's not bad enough, the third online 6S paragraph has been omitted in the print edition on 6S. After that point, they're the same.

As for the Giants story, the same beginning pattern emerges: both editions are identical on page 1S and the second image shows the correct continuation of the split sentence/word online on page 3S, but the third image shows that the print edition not only is missing the rest of the split sentence from 1S, but the entire rest of the story is completely different from the online version, which discusses what happened at certain points in the game, while the print edition discusses individual team members.

So much for the supposedly-identical online edition that print subscribers get access to...

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 18, 2017, 01:16:38 PM »
1, 2. Two "is" problems: the first isn't needed and the second one is missing an "h".

3. This is in today's (Monday's) paper, but it was clearly written for yesterday's paper: "today's game" was played yesterday and "Monday's festivities" are tonight. Stale news.

Hackensack Discussion / Interesting headline
« on: September 17, 2017, 07:20:00 PM »
This came from a local online "Daily".

My question is, if you missed the week's top stories, how can reading this article now be "reading it again"?

Just an observation.............

This was taken around 6:30pm.

Click to enlarge.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 16, 2017, 11:08:21 AM »
Today's crop of problem children includes a small one on the Business page and a boatload of doozies on one Sports page:

1. What kind of tax rate?

2. "Mets Notes" squared and a sandwich of two images

3. A red heading in an unusual place

4, 5. Two more double-image sandwiches, with one of the pictures sitting in two separate articles

Nice to see they're making an effort to fix things.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Shops at Riverside Renovations
« on: September 15, 2017, 10:07:49 PM »
What was the store on 17 called? I remember something at that location that fit the given description.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Shops at Riverside Renovations
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:27:00 PM »
Wasn't World Imports on 17N in Rochelle Park? next to the Hole in the Wall? I think they sold some furniture and decorative items.

That sounds right.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Shops at Riverside Renovations
« on: September 15, 2017, 06:30:44 PM »
I was working and if you actually went to my site and saw what I wrote and noticed its tone, you wouldn't ask that question.

And I still have no idea why she was there.

But you can buy the nice picture of her,'d be the first.

Hackensack Discussion / Re: Shops at Riverside Renovations
« on: September 15, 2017, 03:40:20 PM »
Are you sure that was the name? I don't know about the  rest of  the 80s, but in 1983 the record store there was called Record World.

The very first picture under "Hackensack" on  my site is one I took of Pia Zadora at Record World in 1983.

I do remember a store called World Imports, but I'm pretty sure it was elsewhere. I also think they sold interesting stuff because I flashed on the name as soon as I read what you wrote.

Anybody out there remember anything about World Imports?

Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« on: September 15, 2017, 01:23:36 PM »
Two problems on the same page:

1. That last semi-sentence is missing "to return" and "Braves".

2. Obvious

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