Whenever someone comes around to solicit a newspaper subscription, I always politely decline. There are at least a couple reasons for this. First, I remember the stacks of old newspaper the last time I had a subscription to The Seattle Times, which is now the only major daily left in town. And, because of that memory, I generally read news online or in other people’s magazines.
But there is another reason that I generally don’t lay on whoever knocks on my door; they don’t need that kind of friction in their day. But why would I pay for a newspaper subscription, given the state of the news these days?
It might as well be The New York Times, which is struggling to adapt to online business models. And in this case, the latter criticism would apply, as evidenced by Al Baker‘s article slated for today’s front page:
Among the enduring images left by car bombings, overseas or in the United States, is investigators on their hands and knees, crawling through the wreckage searching for clues: a blasting cap or a timing device, a piece of the explosive’s casing or a trace of the chemicals used.
Car bombs, by design, do their best to devour any evidence of their existence, or send it flying.
On Saturday in Times Square, a homemade bomb built inside a Nissan Pathfinder did not explode — and as a result, a trove of evidence was left behind for investigators to pore over, not only for physical evidence or forensic clues, but also as a reflection of an assailant’s methods, mind-set and possible motives.
This pabulum setup goes on to discuss the implications the failure last weekend of a car bomb to detonate. “There is a lot there to read into the case that really helps them,” said James Cavanaugh, an explosives expert, about the remains of any given bomb. And Kevin Barry, a former NYPD bomb squad detective, explained, “He was trying to cover his tracks, but he left more clues than a guy walking into a bank to rob it without a mask. This guy left everything here but his wallet.”