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Newspapers: This too shall pass

These are dark days for the newspaper industry. Last week, the New York Times Company was threatening to shut down The Boston Globe if benefits weren’t cut. Warren Buffett, who boastfully reads five newspapers a day, told his shareholders he wouldn’t invest money in newspapers “for any price.” Meanwhile, Congress heard testimony from editors and journalists on the future of the medium, and The New York Times raised the price of their Sunday edition to $6. All the while, more and more journalists were handed pink slips. Read more

Swine flu: Run for the hills, take cover, then chill

Some people get off on fear. They go to haunted cornfields in October to be chased by youths with fake chainsaws. Others watch multi-million-dollar horror movies that epitomize everything that is bad filmmaking. For the rest of us, we simply watch the news. And if you’ve been watching the news lately (or reading just everyone’s Facebook status) you might be familiar with swine flu, also known as H1N1 flu, or as I like to call it, “The Swine.” Read more