Kids Pick Up Trash and Stuff! (Global Economic Collapse, See Page B1)

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The Oakland Tribune unveiled a new format on Tuesday, combining local and national news into one single section and unveiling a standalone daily business section. The changes appear to herald a greater emphasis on local, regional, and business news and a reduction in the space and prominence of the paper’s national and world news coverage. As goals, it’s hard to fault those priorities, but if the scant attention the Trib paid to global economic uncertainty in Tuesday’s edition is indicative of the paper’s new direction, the editors should reconsider their priorities.