Reporting: Blackout Fallout

A good reporter's nose for news is never out of the wind. One night last week New York Timesman Martin Tolchin, 37, was visiting a friend who had just had her first baby in Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital. Health is Tolchin's regular Times beat, and he immediately noticed a lot of unusual hustle and bustle in the maternity ward. "I've never seen it like this before," said a passing nurse, and she ventured a reason: the great New York City power blackout had taken place nine months before, almost to the day.

Tolchin delightedly followed up her guess. Yes, said...

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