Innovations: Out, Out, Damned Spot!

Out, Out, Damned Spot!

For years, avid readers of the New York Times took part of their favorite paper with them wherever they went -- whether they wanted to or not. The ink that went into "All the News That's Fit to Print" was notorious for its tendency to rub off onto the hands and subsequently the face, the clothes, the furniture and the walls of whoever touched it. Enterprising merchants peddled special gloves readers could wear while working their way through the paper.

Last week, the Times announced that it has cleaned up its act. After a year of testing, a new ink has...

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