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Paid Protest

Not everyone was thrilled about Newsday's switch to paid online content last week, as longtime columnist Saul Friedman has left the paper over its decision. Initially, the move to charge $5 a week went mostly unnoticed, since the company granted free access to subscribers of the paper and/or Cablevision, who make up most of its readership. Not so, says Friedman, who lives in Washington and is neither a Newsday subscriber nor a Cablevision customer. He left in protest believing it would 'impossible' for people outside Long Island to read his column, himself included. [NYT]