They've been dropping like flies ever since I picked up the paper. I used to deliver the Newport Daily News down Carroll Ave and I would usually stop to sit down and actually read the thing when I got to the mansion on Jeffrey Road behind my house. It was a wonderful place and I had two customers in the building. The gay couple on the ground floor that ran an art/photography business out of their apartment and the Navy LCDR with the very nice German Shepherd on the second floor. There was a seat in the hall at the top of the stairs made for newspaper boys to read the rag.
I first noticed their loss when Mike Royko died and then Herb Caen popped off but it only started to hurt when Michael Kelly died in Iraq in a rollover accident as he did the marchup to Baghdad. I'll still read Henninger and Taranto but that's about it. I sure hope nothing happens to them.
Good newsmen are getting scarce. I still haven't found a good newshen but there is time and nothing passes time like reading. I subscribe to the Wall Street Journal but I mostly read it online which leaves unread newspapers lying around until they are picked up for the puzzles.