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Rhino Times Folds Paper; Eyes Internet Future

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It’s a sad week for investigative journalism in Greensboro and, no doubt, a joyous one for tax-and-spend government bureaucrats and politicians. After a 21-year run of churning out copy that held the heels of local GovCo to the fire, The Rhinoceros Times has announced it is shuttering the print version of Greensboro’s free alt-weekly paper.

Whether you loved or loathed The Rhino’s political bent, readers could always count on the paper for providing a weekly dose of commonsense commentary delivered with unique style and for breaking news stories that the mainstream media would have rather ignored. It hit like the proverbial sledgehammer, appropriate given that the paper was owned and operated by the Hammer brothers, John and William.

As the editor hired to launch the Charlotte Rhino’s six-year run in the Queen City, this one hits home on a personal level. John and Willy were great as bosses and even better as friends, a rare combination in the business of hard deadlines and frenzied newsrooms.

John Hammer writes of the paper’s last print edition, “that The Rhino Times will continue to have a web presence for as long as possible.”

Greensboro would be well served by another 21-year run.

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