Five suggestions for things to read while you’re preparing for the dreaded midmorning meeting: The newspaper industry is becoming this century’s Generalissimo Francisco Franco. It’s the death watch that never seems to end. The New York Times — speaking of death watch — reports that while two-newspaper cities are talking about becoming one-newspaper cities, they should perhaps consider life as no-newspaper cities. Interesting quotes — aside from the mention of locals — is the comment of a person who hates his local paper, and then adds he doesn’t want to think about life without it. But here’s an article that shows why it might not be the end of the world. The News Cut Quiz, on those occasions when I get around to putting one together, usually comes out on Friday. I like the Guardian’s idea, though. A whacky Wednesday quiz. Unfortunately, there are only five questions. From what I can tell, this week has already been at least 10-question whacky. Christina Wessel, at Minnesota Budget Bites, writes that Minnesota actually has an $12.9 billion budget problem (taking inflation into account, which for some reason, the state budget doesn’t), because there’s another big deficit coming after the one lawmakers are trying to plug now. She writes that the one-time budget gimmicks aren’t going to work anymore because of a new law that the governor has signed. Picture of the day. Please note: This is very disturbing. It’s a picture taken at the moment a bomb goes off as Sri Lankan Muslim men celebrate a religious holiday. The people have no clue what’s about to happen. Find the story here. Cowboy poetry. Need I say more to pique your interest? Past Tense Bonus: Air traffic art and something to hold you until Jon Stewart takes on Jim Cramer tonight.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
NewsCut is a blog featuring observations about the news. It provides a forum for an online discussion and debate about events that might not typically make the front page. NewsCut posts are not news stories but reflections , observations, and debate.