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BOSTON (CAP) - Embarrassed New York Times executives, in preparing for an impending sale of their New England media group including the Boston Globe, were surprised to discover this week that the Globe hadn't published a daily print edition in more than two years.
"We knew things weren't great up there, but we thought they were at least still publishing," said New York Times spokeswoman Ellen Murphy. "You'd think we'd have gotten a phone call, an email, something..."
Apparently the people at the Times weren't the only ones who failed to notice when the Globe ceased publication. A CAP News survey of 5,000 Boston-area residents found that more than 90 percent of them had no idea the Globe had stopped printing, and most of the ones that did were former Globe employees, homeless people who had been using the paper for blankets, or papier mache aficionados.
For his part, former Globe editor Marty Baron said he was surprised how few people caught wind of the Globe's demise.
"I'm pretty sure we put something in that last issue about it," said Baron, now a publicity spokesman for IKEA Furniture. "I don't remember where it was, but definitely in the A section somewhere."
"That would probably explain why nobody saw it," Murphy responded, noting that most readers the Globe had left tended to read only the so-called G section, where the comics are.
The Globe has continued to publish content online via Boston.com, "mostly links to stories on the Huffington Post," noted Boston-area media critic David O'Kennedy. He added that the fact the Globe no longer exists could "seriously hurt the Times' chances of getting a good price for it."
PURCELLVILLE, Vir. (CAP) - When Wayne Rooney tells people what he does for a living, he's usually met with some measure of disdain, if not downright disgust. Wayne is a horse breeder, and owner and proprietor of Comestible Colt Farms in this small Loudoun Valley town.
Except Wayne doesn't breed horses for show or for racing - he breeds them for eating.
"I love every one of my horses from the moment they're born right up until they're on a plate with a baked potato and a side of steamed broccoli," says Rooney. "Splash on a little bit of A1 sauce ... whoo-wee! That's good eatin'."
Comestible Colt Farms is one of only a handful of horse stables around the country who specialize in raising horses for human consumption, a practice considered taboo throughout the United States but acceptable in places like France and Belgium.
"And Japan!" Rooney adds. "Those crazy Japs'll eat anything."
Rooney knows he has an uphill battle to convince Americans that eating horse isn't any different than eating cattle or chickens, which is why he opens his farm to school field trips and conducts public tours of his facility. He says the best way to gain acceptance is to focus on the next generation of meat eaters.
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