Without Sandy, the front pages of the legal and general media would have been full of details of what would have been the ongoing story of the UWS (Upper West Side) Nanny. Some will recall she allegedly murdered two young children while the stay-at-home mother was out with the third child.
Before Sandy the last bit of information the media posted was that she had come to and asked about her own family. Should Sandy have been a no-show, criminal lawyers would have been interviewed about the possibility that her defense would be the insanity plea. Then there could have been a widespread discussion about what that defense really is and how it might differ from state to state.
But Sandy did happen. The suffering, as THE WALL STREET JOURNAL captures, is intense. That story will dominate in the media until a more horrific entity, act of god or man-made, occurs.