The Press: Vacuum in St. Louis

Transit strikes, blizzards and brownouts can make urban life an ordeal, but nothing hurts a city in quite so many subtle ways as a newspaper strike. St. Louis, bereft of the morning Globe-Democrat and the afternoon Post-Dispatch for five weeks, was painfully counting new losses with each passing day.

The stoppage's most tangible effect has been a slowdown in the city's social life and economy. Organizations from the Boy Scouts to the Elks are having trouble publicizing meeting dates. Movie attendance has dropped off by a third since theater listings were blacked out. An auction house canceled several sessions. Good jobs in...

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