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Thursday, September 24, 2009
The downward spiral
His departure is one more depressing instance of the purge of talent and ability taking place at the nation’s newspapers, and the consequences for those papers will not be good.
For an example of those consequences: The City/Region section of today’s Herald-Leader proclaims that it is published on Thurday, Septmeber 24.
No doubt many other marks of excellence can be discovered therein.