The Ann Arbor News
had to write its own obituary after 174 years. The only daily newspaper in town, with a daily circulation 45,000, rolled off the presses for the last time yesterday.
Its owner, Advance Publications, is replacing the paper with AnnArbor.com, an online news site that will produce a print edition on Thursdays and Sundays. Ann Arbor, 45 miles west of
Detroit, is home to the University of Michigan, a highly educated population and a relatively stable economy. But publisher Laurel Champion says, "The seven-day-a-week print model just is not
sustainable here. We have very low home ownership. The population is transient and young. Those demographics have worked against us."
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