Press: Just a Typical American Town

A persistent editor wins a painful victory

With its lofty church steeples, tree-lined streets and 500 parking tickets, Mansfield, Ohio (pop. 55,300), appears to embody the friendly, well-scrubbed wholesomeness that Americans have long associated with small towns Martin Yant thinks otherwise.

Nineteen months ago, Ohio-born Yant quit his job as an editor of the now defunct Chicago Daily News and at the age of 28 became editor of the prosperous Mansfield News-Journal (circ. 40,000). Since then he has been the target of telephone threats ("You're going to be dead"), a mysterious fire, a five-pound...

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