The Spokesman-Review — Once upon a time, newspapers were the first, best source of news for the public. In many cities, people had a choice of newspapers. Some arrived first thing in the morning. Some were delivered in the afternoon — just in time for dad to get home from work, plop into his easy chair and peruse the previous day’s box scores. That’s not the case anymore. Newspapers have seen an alarming shrinkage of their revenue, their resources, their staff, and their readership. And while smaller, local papers are hit especially hard by this, it is by no means…

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