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Troubling Leak at the ‘Times’

Paper has a rat, too.


The New York Times’s new building has a leak—and it’s in the office of top editor Bill Keller. “Apparently, they hadn’t applied the final coat of sealant to the overhang on the third floor,” says spokeswoman Catherine Mathis. “When we had a downpour it dripped in Bill’s office, near the window.” (No damage was done, Mathis assures, and the roof has been fixed.) There was also a “big rat” scurrying around Metro editor Joe Sexton last week—“one so huge it made him turn pale,” says one reporter. As for the high-tech automatic toilets: “They make catlike noises before they flush,” says another staffer. “It’s not quite like a meow, it’s more like the noise a cat makes when you step on its tail.” Meow! Other than that, the source says, the new Times headquarters is “fantastic: great energy flow, great feng shui, great qi.”

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