Cumberland Times-News

October 26, 2010

eEdition generates interest

Jan Alderton, Managing Editor
Cumberland Times-News

— Although it been less than two weeks since it was launched, the Cumberland Times-News eEdition is generating a lot of interest.

The eEdition is a digitized duplication of our print edition and is generally online by 4 a.m. seven days a week. It is easy to scan through the pages and many readers have told us they enjoy the option of “zooming in” on stories and photographs because it makes it easier to read. Another feature is that readers have access to archives of previous eEdition issues.

Our free site, www.times-news.com, still has plenty of information available, including obituaries, local columns and breaking news. But much of what is in our print edition is only available online by subscribing to the eEdition.

Electronic versions of newspapers are popping up around the nation. In our general area, the Morgantown (W.Va.) Dominion-Post and the Winchester (Va.) Star have eEditions and very little of their content is posted on their free site.

A free seven-day trial of the eEdition can be had by clicking on the picture of Page One on the free site. I recommend to those of you who frequently look at our free site to give the eEdition a try. There is nothing to lose since the first week is free — and you may find that once you read the digital paper, you won’t want to give it up....

Another new service that should be available to readers some time next year is an electronic archive of Times-News papers going back to the late 1800s. It would be fully searchable — meaning that readers can type in keywords to search for a specific name or event to see what may have appeared in the newspaper.

Such a service would be a boon for geneaology and history buffs, or for people who just want to enjoy learning about the region’s past.

Look for an announcement once the service is available....

Retailers have high hopes for the coming Christmas shopping season. That optimism is translating to quite a few seasonal jobs in stores.

Toys R Us will hire about 45,000 employees to help with the holiday season, doubling its U.S. work force. The Associated Press said Macy’s, Pier 1, American Eagle Outfitters and Borders all plan to hire more temporary workers this year than last.

Retailers are expected to add between 550,000 and 650,000 jobs this holiday season, according to a forecast from the national outsourcing firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. Last year, 501,400 jobs were added. The best year was in 2007, when temp jobs numbered 720,800....

Many of us who fly use BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Unfortunately, the airport has one of the worst records for on-time departures.

According to the Department of Transportation, BWI ranks 26th out of 29 major airports for on-time departures. Only 74.3 percent of flights left on time last year....

The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s “Hot Wheels” report is out with its annual list of top 10 stolen vehicles.

For 2009, the most stolen vehicles in the nation were:

1. 1994 Honda Accord

2. 1995 Honda Civic

3. 1991 Toyota Camry

4. 1997 Ford F-150 Pickup

5. 2004 Dodge Ram Pickup

6. 2000 Dodge Caravan

7. 1994 Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size)

8. 1994 Acura Integra

9. 2002 Ford Explorer

10. 2009 Toyota Corolla

The good news is that overall theft fell 17.1 percent nationwide, from 956,846 vehicles in 2008 to 794,616 last year....

CSX is celebrating 50 years of corporate headquarter presence in Jacksonville, Fla., this year. The corporation employs 30,000 people, including 3,500 in Jacksonville.

To mark the anniversary, CSX placed a new LED-lighted sign on its headquarters building with the company’s new logo, “How tomorrow moves.”....

Seen on the Internet (at rinkworks.com) — Actual signs:

• “Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.” — A sign in a laundry in Rome.

• “Caution: Water on Road During Rain” — A sign in Malaysia.

• “Our staffs are always here waiting for you to patronize them.” — An advertisement for a hotel in Tokyo.

• “You are invited to  take advantage of the chambermaid.” — A sign in a Japanese hotel.

• “Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. daily.” — A sign in a hotel in Athens.

• “The manager has personally passed all the water served here.” — A sign in an Acapulco hotel.

Jan Alderton is managing editor of the Cumberland Times-News. His email address is jpalderton@times-news.com.