11/11/2011 01:04 pm ET Updated Jan 11, 2012

The Newspaper That Almost Seized The Future

The story of the Merc's rise and decline--there is nothing so telling as only four pages of midweek classifieds--mirrors the story of what has occurred at so many once big and proud newspapers across the country that are still trying to make sense of what happened to them over the past decade and what lessons might be drawn from all the cataclysmic change.