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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Sun-Times Media Group, parent of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, earning Chicago the distinction of being the first U.S. city served by two insolvent newspapers.
When I went to school in Chicago, the Sun-Times was my favorite paper. This is very sad. We need newspapers, but they have to be better newspapers to survive. The public must feel that a good newspaper is a requirement of life. That feeling rarely exists today.
What the Obamans drive - from The Politico: With President Barack Obama showing the ailing U.S. auto industry some tough love Monday, POLITICO wondered -- what's ...... in the driveways of White House aides? A lot of foreign cars, as it turns out. A survey of West Executive Drive, where White House staffers park, revealed only five American cars out of 23 --a Dodge Grand Caravan, two Ford Escapes, a Jeep Cherokee and a Cadillac. The lot was sprinkled with BMWs, Mercedes, Hondas, Toyotas, Saabs, Audis, Volkswagens and a Volvo.
But who are we to criticize other car cultures? Why, these good people are just expressing their multicultural outlook.
MARCH 30, 2009
Personnel news, from The Jerusalem Post: Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Nayef Bin Abd Al-Aziz, who last week made headlines for saying that there was no need for female members of parliament in Saudi Arabia, has been promoted to second deputy prime minister, the Saudi newspaper ArabNews reported. This puts Nayef, around 75, second in line to the throne of King Abdallah Bin Abd Al-Aziz, after the ailing Deputy Premier Prince Sultan, who has been out of the country for medical treatment.
What a country. Absolutely no age discrimination!
BEIJING (Reuters) - Google Inc on Monday launched free downloads of licensed songs in China, while sharing advertising revenue with major music labels in a market rife with online piracy. Lee Kai-Fu, president of Google in greater China, said one reason Google lagged in the mainland search market was because it did not offer music downloads, the missing piece to its strategy in a market where it trails leader Baidu.com Inc.
Just in case you're passing through and want to sample the Beijing hit parade.
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