Newspapers: Legwork in Megalopolis

It was one of the worst subway accidents in New York City's history, and the New York Times emptied its news room to cover the story. Three dozen Times reporters galloped to the scene. They not only outnumbered all rival reporting teams, but proved almost as numerous as the accident victims.

That happened 31 years ago. And, in the opinion of Abraham Michael Rosenthal, 41, who now commands the Times's 160-man army of local news men, it was symptomatic of much that has long ailed the Times's coverage of its own home...

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