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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Midcoast paper shrinks to once-a-week

Richard's a nice guy.

But just because "people" say you need a newspaper doesn't mean you have to have one. Newspapers are almost dead to the next generation.

Cloud computing is the future Richard. Dump print, or make it into a newsletter. The BIG idea is to distribute VS news to desktops, cells, iPad, iPhone, cars, netbooks, Laptops...everywhere people go and the "VS cloud" can follow.


ROCKLAND, Maine — Village Soup will print the last Wednesday edition of the Herald Gazette newspaper this week. Starting Thursday, Dec. 1, the twice-weekly newspaper will change into the once-weekly Village Soup Gazette.

The cost-saving measure will give the Rockland-based newspaper a bit of a face-lift by putting human interest stories on the front page and keeping harder news toward the back, according to the newspaper’s publisher, Richard Anderson.

“I think in this era of less circulation and less interest in a printed product it makes more sense to have a weekly publication when we are doing so much online on a daily basis,” Anderson said.

Currently, the Herald Gazette breaks most of its news online and then reprints the content in its print product. This made readers feel the printed paper was redundant, Anderson said.

“They feel they’ve seen everything in the print publication online already. We know that isn’t the case, but there is a perception that that happens. We all know perceptions rule the day,” the publisher said.

30 and Younger DON'T Read Print Newspapers

Friday, December 23, 2011

Hard-boiled DeCoster has a great fall, leaves the egg farm business

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A ruthless businessman who built one of the nation's largest egg production operations from scratch even as he racked up environmental and labor violations is getting out of the business in disgrace after one scandal was too much to overcome: a nationwide salmonella outbreak caused by his products.

Austin Jack DeCoster
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Austin “Jack” DeCoster, right, appears in a Lewiston courtroom in June 2010 to face animal cruelty charges related to the egg farm operation in Turner, Maine.
The Associated Press
Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter, said in a written statement Monday that they have given up control of egg operations in Iowa, Maine and Ohio, including the farms that produced salmonella-tainted eggs that sickened an estimated 1,900 people and led to a recall of 550 million eggs. Federal inspectors later discovered filthy conditions at the farms, including dead rodents and towers of manure.

Hard Boiled Business Man