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Dem-Gaz drops Lyons; Times picks him up

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Gene Lyons' column Wednesday in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will be his last. He was notified of the end of some 18 years of weekly column writing on Monday by editorial page editor Paul Greenberg. Greenberg cited budget concerns, Lyons said. The savings from ending Lyons' once-a-week column will be offset, however, by expenses for the daily newspaper's new arrangement with John Brummett, who goes on the payroll as an independent contractor after his current employment with Stephens Media ends Oct. 20. The D-G earlier had dropped Pat Lynch as a weekly column contributor. Brummett is to write three columns a week for the print edition. No word yet if that could affect appearances by Bradley Gitz, Dana Kelley or Mike Masterson.

Computer owners need not be depressed. Beginning next week, Lyons' columns will be available at the Arkansas Times' online site arktimes.com.

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