The New York Observer checks in on Sam Zell and his plan to sell Long Island newspaper Newsday. On Jan. 15, Sam Zell dropped by the bleak house that is the Melville, N.Y., headquarters of Newsday, Long Island's newspaper. It was to be a pep talk: The last decade, characterized by its nearly annual tradition of soul-wrenching job cuts, was over. But two months later, a somber group showed up at the Newsday auditorium for cannoli, pecan pie and coffee to say goodbye to 36 newsroom buyouts. Now, Newsday is on the block, and the three usual suspects have shown up: the owners of the region's two other tabloids, Rupert Murdoch and Mort Zuckerman, and the perennial also-ran of Long Island media efforts, Charles Dolan.