Andrew Conte’s book mourns the McKeesport Daily News

For over a century, The Daily News supplied the McKeesport and the Mon Valley each day with essential information about the community. The newsroom was such an important part of most people’s daily life that residents even named a local baseball league after the paper.

However, when The Daily News closed in 2015, McKeesport residents were left to try to find a way to fill the void. The shutdown of this beloved newspaper turned McKeesport into a so-called news desert, a community no longer covered by a daily newspaper.

Andrew Conte, director of the Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University, NextPittsburgh On Media columnist and a former reporter for a sister publication, says the shutdown of the paper impaired the community — and calls into question the future of local journalism.

“Death of the Daily News” by Andrew Conte.

“People lose touch with what’s going on,” says Conte

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Jets says session with Giants will be ‘respectful practice’

The last time the Jets and Giants shared a practice field, it mirrored a scene from a WWE event.

Seventeen years later, after many regime changes between the two teams, the Giants will host their MetLife Stadium partners for a joint practice Thursday afternoon at Quest Diagnostics Training Center ahead of Sunday’s preseason finale.

So how did the idea of ​​having a joint practice against the Giants come about?

“I have a lot of respect for Dabs [Giants coach Brian Daboll] and the person that he is,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said Wednesday. “If he is anything like we are, it is going to be a respectful practice.

“It is going to be a competitive practice, but at the same time, treating each other like our own teammates and protecting one another and making sure we are getting what we need so we can play better.”

In 2005, a bench-clearing

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NYPD officers ordered not to ‘congregate’ or chitchat while on patrol

The NYPD has ordered officers to avoid hanging out in groups and making chitchat with one another while on patrol, according to an internal memo.

The rules, dated Tuesday, marked a revision to the Police Patrol Guide to ensure cops do not waste time on the job — with emphasis on supervisors’ responsibility.

“Police officers and supervisors will be held strictly accountable for these provisions,” the order reads. “Patrol supervisors are required to ensure that members of the service are not congregating, or engaging in unnecessary conversation, absent police necessity when visiting members of the service.”

The order is meant to “enhance officer safety, deployment strategies and optimize presence in the field.”

While campaigning last year, Mayor Adams, a former NYC Transit cop, said he was “disappointed” with the way NYC subway cops had

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Giants WR Collin Johnson tears Achilles, Sterling Shepard back

The Giants lost a starting-caliber receiver to injury the same day they got one back.

Collin Johnson tore his right Achilles during Wednesday’s practice, the same afternoon that Sterling Shepard made his training camp debut.

Johnson, 24, has been the standout of the Giants’ camp. He had earned regular first-team reps, and his 6-6 frame had given the offense a high-functioning big receiver target with Kenny Golladay off to a slow start.

“The guys who have been out there and are producing — guys like Collin Johnson and David Sills — they’ve stepped up and they’re right in the mix, not just to make the team but to play,” head coach Brian Daboll had said Monday.

The Giants’ projected Week 1 starters at receiver seem to be Shepard, Golladay and second-round rookie Wan’Dale Robinson.

Sills is pushing for a large role. Kadarius Toney continues to spend more time on one

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