Larry Davidson, who teaches math at Weston High School, reports a fellow teacher used the Globe's delivery problems, in particular, the new delivery company's inability to develop good routes for carriers, to develop a lesson plan:
The biggest issue was the “traveling salesman problem”: trying to find the most efficient route through a large number of locations. We simulated the problem by asking each group to find the shortest path to deliver papers to all their homes (as well as a couple of other sites). Since we couldn’t have realistically large groups, we at least were able to add interest and complexity by ensuring that each group contained a mixture of Weston and Boston students. There’s no perfect general solution, but we were able to compare different options.
WBZ reports on Chayet's 10,000th "Looking at the Law" episode, which aired today.
Bulletin Newspapers of Hyde Park, which publishes newspapers from Norwood into Boston, is ending its longstanding policy of only making PDFs of its issues available to subscribers. Starting today, the chain is posting stories on its Web site.
People who did subscribe for the PDFs will get pro-rated refunds.
The Globe Magazine this week is all about weddings, with the centerpiece a trend story about how millennial weddings are different from earlier weddings, because millennials incorporate personal touches and little reminders of their lives into their ceremonies and even gowns, unlike their older sisters and mothers - and they're rejecting the big, expensive weddings of the past, as exemplified by one couple getting married at this little, obscure place called the Copley Plaza.
The Northeastern University library has started digitizing copies of the East Boston Community News. They recently uploaded copies from 1971. You can look at individual copies of the newspaper or search for specific topics.
The Globe itself gives us an anatomy of the home-delivery disaster, and reveals, for the first time, that John Henry visited one of those distribution centers:
"It's 6,400 papers," he said, grimly, to no one in particular.
Meanwhile, crickets quietly chirp at the timid tabloid, where the last story about the Globe, on Dec. 11, was about its move to a downtown office building.
News One reports on Pam Cross's departure after 35 years at the station.
The Emerson graduate's leaving comes just as the station is debuting a new 4:30 p.m. newscast that will feature 24 stories in just 12 minutes (presumably all read by Ed Harding after he inhales a couple balloons' worth of helium).
Aviva Chomsky discusses what happened to Globe deliverers in the Lynn area when the paper switched distribution companies: The new company ditched accident insurance, forced the deliverers it did take on to handle longer routes and decreased the per-paper fee they got. Also:
At the old distribution center in Lynn, they folded and bagged their papers inside the facility, with plenty of light, tables, and access to bathrooms. In Woburn, they are forced to do it outdoors in the icy darkness, or awkwardly inside their cars.
DM Nelson reports Thunder's morning job used to be to go out to the driveway and retrieve the morning Globe. But now, "he's ready to file for unemployment."
Steve Safran analyzes the NBC decision to smack WHDH upside the head and create its own station in Boston, using an antenna in Manchester, NH (a city that has so little going for it it has to keep pretending it's near Boston):
What we have in NBC Boston now is a cable and web-first product, a true 21st century operation that is no longer concerned primarily with what the antenna-only crowd is doing. It’s not longer about the WXXX or KXXX branding. It’s the network and the city. Smart. The changeover won’t happen until 2017, and Ansin is vowing to sue. But this kind of structuring will happen more as networks start to operate more like cable channels.
UPDATE: Say hello to Channel 60, soon with Harry Connick Jr.'s new daytime show. And Pete Bouchard.
News One reports NBC could announce its Channel 7 killer, NBC Boston, today and that Channel 7 owner Ed Ansin will be in town to meet with his local staff and possibly announce a lawsuit to block NBC. NBC wants to own a channel in Boston; Ansin, who runs WHDH as an NBC affiliate, doesn't want to sell.
This evening, Emily Rooney at WGBH reported that John Henry and Globe CEO Mike Sheehan ignored warnings from their own circulation department that the new home-delivery system could fail.
Henry fired back tonight in a tweet:
WGBH now has added a fiction writer to its news lineup. Makes for great stories!
The Globe reports it's bringing back the company it dumped for allegedly not being able to retain customers that well to service half the paper routes the shiny new company that the Globe brought on managed to mess up.
Ed. note: Yeah, I'm also hoping there's nothing else to report about Globe home delivery today.