Meet the Oakland Mercury-Times

Most of you all probably don’t get both the Oakland Tribune and the West County Times, the latter of which was recently acquired by MediaNews, which has long owned the former. Here at the Express, in case you hadn’t guessed, we do. And today we were left wondering why we shell out for both papers, when we ought to be going straight to the source: The MediaNews-owned San Jose Mercury News. Follow the jump to find out why.

* Both papers use the same teaser photo for the same story of Stanford hiring a new coach, written by Mercury News staff writer Darren Sabedra.

* Both carry the same lead story about the governor making sure that California can keep killing bad guys, penned by Mercury News staff writer Howard Mintz.

* The centerpiece in the West County Times about ski resorts praying for snow played below the fold in the Oakland Tribune. In an interesting twist, it was written by Times staffers John Simerman and Meera Pal.

* In fairness, the weather in the two papers is a little different. Whereas Oakland Tribune readers can expect highs in the upper 50s and lows in the upper 30s, West County Times devotees should look for “Highs 50s, Lows 20s.”

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