This week, The Onion’s editorial staff in New York City begins its move to Chicago, reports The Atlantic Wire’s John Hudson. He’s told that only 5 of the humor publication’s 16 full-time editorial employees have agreed to make the move.
The editorial staff of America’s funniest fake newspaper has been mounting a stiff resistance, using both the paper’s pages and even some behind-the-scenes dealmaking to find a new owner that would let them stay in Manhattan. And the surviving editorial team is preparing to do without the holdouts.
* The Onion’s bumpy ride to Chicago
A Boston Globe staffer tells me that this “Ask the Handyman” question is from Boston Herald sports columnist Steve Buckley, who came out in a column 14 months ago.
Q. My partner and I are getting married this year. I’d like to make him something special and personal. I found some simple plans for an Adirondack chair. The twist is that we both love baseball, so I was going to make it out of wood baseball bats. Would I need to put any special preservative on the bats?
STEVE BUCKLEY, in Hotton’s chat room
I’ve asked Buckley to confirm that and share details about his upcoming wedding.
UPDATE FROM BUCKLEY:
Hey Jim — It’s not me. Were I to be walking the aisle, I wouldn’t be announcing it via a handyman question in the Globe. :)
Thanks for asking. I’ve been answering this question all morning…
* Can he make an Adirondack chair from baseball bats?
A Romenesko reader who asks not to be named sends this email:
Here’s a strange thing you might be interested in…
The Gannett paper up here in Vermont, the Burlington Free Press, just went after a local blog for embedding one of their videos. They say other sites can’t post copyrighted material, only link to it.
I just went to the video in question on the Free Press’ website, and sure enough… if you mouse over the video and click the upper-rightmost button, you get an embed code. Hmmm.
I’ve asked a Free Press editor if he wants to respond.
* An encounter with the Keystone Kopyright Kops of the Burlington Free Press
Your favorite? (Can’t forget Newsday.)
Greg Moore (Credit: Hyoung Chang)
Here’s what Denver Post editor Greg Moore tells his staff about columnists Mike Littwin and Penny Parker being laid off:
This was done strictly to meet budget cuts. It is no reflection on them personally or professionally. Both of them have contributed mightily since joining The Post after the closing of The Rocky Mountain News three years ago. I appreciate everything they have done. I wish it didn’t have to happen. …
It is important to know that reductions are happening in every division at The Post in an effort to cut expenses and improve our performance. You will be hearing more about these challenges in coming days. I had hoped to have a chance to explain some of this before it seeped out, but personnel issues are delicate.
* Denver Post editor explains layoffs, other “challenges”