The Press: New York Without Papers

For a New Yorker, a daily newspaper is not only a connecting link with the outside world, but also a comforting buffer against it. Swaying in the subways, slouched in commuter trains, even making a course along the city's crowded sidewalks, he can let in the news and shut out his neighbors by huddling behind his paper. Last week New Yorkers were woefully underread and unprotected. Closed down by a strike of their deliverers were the city's nine major newspapers* with a daily circulation of some 5,700,000.

The shutdown was caused by just 877...

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