In last Wednesday's paper, staff writer Douglas B. Feaver told us that Metro's subway trains had returned to normal service after a hectic Fourth.
After discussing the various malfunctions of the subway cars, Feaver ended his story with this reminder:
"Metro has taken delivery on about 150 cars out of an order from Rohr (Industries) of 300 for a total fixed price contract of $93.4 million. Rohr has estimated that its losses on the contract total $45.8 million claim for additional compensation against Metro."
I'm not sure I understand this. Does it mean that a company can become the low bidder and get the job by bidding 33 per cent less than the work will cost, and then later be compensated for bidding less than its competitors? Adm. H. G. Rickover has sharply critized this technique when shipbuilders tried it on the Navy.
There was another intriguing paragraph near the end of staff writer J.Y. Smith's story on Sunday about the defense strategy in the Hanafi Muslim murder-kidnap trial. One of the key issues in this trial is the government's attempt to prove that a conspiracy existed. The paragraph says:
"On Friday, following the close of the government's evidence, Khaalis addressed his men in the small cell-block behind the courtroom where the trial is being held. The men stood at rigid attention while he spoke, according to witnesses."
On a busy day, there is always a temptation to skim the news by reading headlines and the first few paragraphs of important stories. But here we have two good examples of the fascinating bits of information one can miss when he stops reading to soon.