Thanks for your input and insights, dwanthny and Starson17.
So far, I have not been able to make either to work. Spent the evening googling Python, and not really grasping it yet.
One thing I tried, was " insert(url[:40] + 'v-print/' + url[40:]) ", to break the url at the 40th character, insert the "v-print", and then continue (since the date is always the same number of characters, using 2 digits for even a single digit month or day), but I don't have the form or syntax right yet.
I also tried looking for a newspaper from the same publisher (McClatchy) in the included recipes, hoping that their web templates might be the same. So far, haven't found anything.