Sign of the times

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I recently read an article that said the the electronic books have taken a 13% share of the book market and the internet is now taking almost 30% of the newspaper business. My daughter works at the local newspaper and in the last several years they've laid off 25% of employees and reduced the size of the paper and started charging more. And they expect more layoffs...I've been reading this for the last 5 years and the stories are the same.
 

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I went to my first Oregon Duck basketball game in 1979 in old Mac Court. It was built in the 1920's and I believe it's the oldest arena in the Pac10. This will be the last year the Ducks play here.

McArthur Court

After the first few Pac10 games the Ducks will be moving to their new home, Matt Court.

Matthew Knight Arena
 

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Canada has decided to decommission all it's lighthouses. Unless private funding is raised to save any of them they will fall into disrepair.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has declared approximately 480 active lighthouses and approximately 490 inactive lighthouses across Canada surplus to its needs.

It's very sad that something that is deep in the heart of Canada's maritime history is made obsolete by modern electronic technology. The problem with most lighthouses here is that they are in small, remote communities and the upkeep is beyond their financial means. From the article:
Potential owners must submit a business plan that shows their proposed use of the property will be economically viable over the long term, and that they have the capacity to manage the property.
 

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Publisher: Web likely to phase out printed Oxford Dictionary

LONDON (AP) — It's been in print for over a century, but in future the Oxford English Dictionary — the authoritative guide to the English language — may only be available online.

Oxford University Press, the publisher, said Sunday that burgeoning demand for the dictionary's online version has far outpaced demand for the printed versions.

By the time the lexicographers behind the dictionary finish revising and updating the latest edition — a gargantuan task that will take many more years — publishers are doubtful there will still be a market for the printed form.
 

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Marcus Dairy Bar Closes Feb. 6

The Marcus Dairy Bar, a hot dog and hamburger stand that offers ice cream, meals, milk, the daily paper and a gathering place for dozens of people every day, will close on Superbowl Sunday this year.

Michael Marcus said the dairy bar will close at the end of business on Feb. 6, and he thanked the Cesca family for its support. The dairy bar and adjoining milk processing and distribution plant will be demolished this spring to make way for a retail shopping center.

"The Marcus Family would like to thank the many customers and employees who have helped make the small dairy bar Jack and Pearl opened in 1948 grow and become a landmark in our community," Marcus said in a prepared statement. "We'd be remiss if we didn't give special thanks to the Cesca family, who worked by our side since opening day."
 

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Frank Buckles, Last World War I Doughboy, Is Dead at 110

Frank Buckles, who drove an Army ambulance in France in 1918 and came to symbolize a generation of embattled young Americans as the last of the World War I doughboys, died Sunday at his home in Charles Town, W. Va. He was 110.

His death was announced by a family spokesman, David DeJonge, The Associated Press said.

He was only a corporal and he never got closer than 30 or so miles from the Western Front trenches, but Mr. Buckles became something of a national treasure as the last living link to the two million men who served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France in “the war to end all wars.”
 

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