As a longtime fan of abundant and free alt-weekly newspapers in major urban areas and someone who loves San Francisco like a second home, I'm sad to report the death of one of its alt-weeklies, the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
I was informed about this sad turn via social network feed of my pal and its editor Steven Jones (fellow author of a book about Burning Man; his was called Tribes of Burning Man and covered the years after my book This is Burning Man.)
The Bay Guardian's website is already dark. UPDATE: It seemed to be when I posted this, but now all links go to this announcement of the shutdown.
I eulogized the Los Angeles New Times back in 2002 on the alt-weekly death watch.