Today's dead-tree Albany Times Union led with another speculative story by Larry Rulison about a potential Apple-GlobalFoundries computer chip plant in Malta. If that does end up happening, it will justify the coverage.
Meanwhile, though, Rulison has another story leading the business page, Fab will pay to grow, which basically is catching up to Steve Williams' coverage in the Schenectady Gazette about a host-benefit deal involving GlobalFoundries and the towns of Malta and Stillwater. The deal includes the purchase of the former Brown's Beach property on Saratoga Lake for public use. And Williams also had the Apple story in today's Gazette (behind their paywall). Despite the hollowing out of both papers, you can still see the vestige of a Gazette local-news advantage where they haven't laid off a reporter who goes to town meetings and cultivates sources.
On national news, the TU failed to get the Zimmerman verdict on Sunday's Page One, except in a promo at the top of the page which was cunningly concealed on my edition under one of those annoying advertising stickers. So I was unaware of the verdict until later in the day, and on an increasingly rare occasion when the newspaper could have informed me of news, it failed to do so.
Putting local stories on Page One is in general a good idea, but you've got to let whoever's on the wire desk rejigger the paper late at night to make room for breaking news, especially when you have ample warning as in a jury being out. But I recall a few weeks ago when the 19 firefighters were killed in Arizona, the TU failed to put that on Page One, too -- for which I see little excuse.