Here's another example of the local daily getting better since its sale to Warren Buffett's group and the elimination of its former publisher. This story out of Charlottesville is written by a Daily Progress reporter, who is on the scene. The DP is part of the Berkshire Hathaway group that now has most of the larger dailies in Virginia.
The group is sharing stories, giving every one of the members better statewide coverage.
This story is an in-depth look at reaction of ABC's arrest of some apparently innocent UVa co-eds, who were leaving the grocery store with sparkling water and not beer as the agents suspected. A large group of them descended on the students, scared the hell out of them and created a crime where one didn't exist. It's a local story with statewide implications that the local daily here would likely have ripped from the wires and run in a paragraph or two in months and years past. Now, we get the story.
Imagine how good--and how local--the coverage of UVa's presidential ouster a year ago would have been had this merger, and firing of the former publisher, been in effect.
Now, if we can get that dang executive editor a new job in a distant state, we'll have our paper back.