They've asked, "Is this your new design?" "And why was the paper late?"
What happened was an equipment error discovered late last night before we went to press. When we realized our image setter wasn't going to work, we called our newspaper neighbor to the south, the Manteca Bulletin, and sent our pages electronically to its plant, where the negatives were made.
Unfortunately, the Bulletin's template didn't match ours, and the images had to be resized to 86 percent. Then the negatives were brought back to our plant on 10th Street, where the presses were ready to run — albeit, late.
As a result, everything is smaller, and there's extra "white space" on the sides and bottom of each page.
Never fear, though. Saturday's paper should be back to normal.
Thanks for reading!