The Death of the News
I'm disappointed to see no mention whatsoever of The Chronicle, Arbor Update, or any of the other more mature and better-designed online news services that the community have responded with over the last few years. Nor any mention of the seven or eight newspapers that were simultaneously published in the 1900s in the city. Losing the monolithic be-all kitchen sink of a "modern newspaper" like the News is just reversion to the status quo, in the big picture.
Just because an over-long monopoly is breaking up again after a few decades of quirky solitary existence doesn't mean the world, or the "service to the city", is ending.