Aaron Kushner is a successful businessman and a smart guy. Before getting involved with newspapers, he was a Web entrepreneur and a greeting card magnate. He studied economics at Stanford, graduating with honors, and went on to get a master's there in organizational analysis.

So it's likely he's at least a little aware of all of this gloom and doom about the newspaper business in the digital era. Advertising is shrinking precipitously. Readers are giving up newsprint to access news on their computers and smartphones and tablets. Some savants wonder just how long the retro old print products can endure.

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