A series of mechanical malfunctions during the printing of advance sections of today's editions forced a late delivery for the fourth consecutive day. The breakdowns came as the newspaper was bringing online new equipment in the Chronicle's $2 million press expansion.
Problems arose Thursday afternoon when a "blanket" used to support a printing plate broke loose and jammed into high-torque printing cylinders. That delayed printing of today's annual football section which was to be completed by 5 p.m. At 1:15 a.m. today an electrical shortage brought the press to a halt before the football section could be completed. Today's main section should have started printing at 11 p.m.
Technicians estimated deliveries as late as early afternoon, but additional employees are being brought in to help speed delivery as much as possible.
The Chronicle apologizes for the inconvenience.