The Press: Forced Divorce in Tucson

To many a newspaper in financial straits the "Albuquerque Plan" has borne the same relationship as a rope to a drowning man. Back in 1933, two papers in Albuquerque decided to cut their losses by sharing printing, advertising and distribution systems. Editorially they stayed separate.

The idea worked so well that newspapers in 28 U.S. cities are now operating under some form of the plan, and others are considering it. Or at least they were. In Tucson, Ariz., Federal District Court Judge James A. Walsh has just called a halt to such newspaper combinations by ordering a complete divorce of mutual ownership,...