The Press: The Battle of Pasco

In an old bottling plant in Kennewick, Wash. (pop. 6,800) two wartime Navy buddies, ex-Lieutenants Robert Philip and Glenn Lee, started the Tri-City Herald, first daily newspaper in Washington's close-linked triangle of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland. In the next two years, their hard-hitting editorial campaigns on local issues earned them a reputation as fearless crusaders, pushed their circulation up from 2,000 to 10,258 and put them in the black. Fortnight ago, they got into their toughest scrap yet.

Publisher Lee sent a reporter to check up on a group of $7,500 houses in Pasco that the Columbia Construction Co. had sold to...

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