The Press: Famine in Detroit

In Detroit one afternoon last week, a bored Republican campaign worker dumped an armload of four-page election handbills into two conveniently empty newspaper racks. In a few hours, passers-by had snapped up all the campaign tabloids, deposited $3.52 in the cash boxes.

Detroiters had never been so famished for news. For the first time in the city's history, all three dailies—the Detroit Free Press, News and Times—were strikebound. The stereotypers' union had closed the papers over demands that included a full day's pay for any extra work after eight hours, e.g., for turning out Sunday Edition color plates after hours on a...

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