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Starting next week, Mondays get simpler

By JOE CHILDS
Published May 28, 2007


This is the last Monday that this community section will be in your newspaper.

I announced in an editor's note on Sunday that we are restructuring our local news presentation on Mondays, starting June 4.

We are combining this section with Local & State, the B section.

We also are introducing a slate of fresh content, packaging it all together in a combined section that will have an inviting new look. And a new name: MondayMetro.

We will do this on Mondays only. The six other days of the week, we will continue to publish this community news section.

I'm writing today to further familiarize you with the change and to provide directions so you can find what you want.

For example, the obituaries are in this section today, but next Monday and each Monday thereafter they will be in MondayMetro.

On other days, the obits will be back here, in this section, as they have been for years.

As I explained Sunday, we are making this change on Mondays for a number of reasons. We long have considered Monday a day unlike any other in the week.

We asked ourselves if we could better serve you with one local news section on the busy first day of the week, rather than two.

Our research supported making a change to one section.

Further study led us to consider changing Monday's news section so it delivers the breaking news you expect as well as something new: insight and information you can use to plan for the coming week.

We will do that in MondayMetro, starting next Monday, June 4.

We are excited. We will introduce fresh content we think you will find useful. And we will have the serious journalism you expect from us.

But MondayMetro's value will diminish if you have difficultly finding what you want to read.

Like the obituary page.

Please remember that next Monday the obituaries will be in MondayMetro, along with much more.