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Black Friday Looms

As Black Friday nears, retailers and consumers are thinking strategically.

According to KSTP, several web sites offer consumers the opportunity to map out their shopping plan by showing web surfers where the deals will be.

The Star Tribune reported that many stores have had discounted prices weeks before Black Friday. Retailers are expecting a slower season as consumers react to the housing crisis and rising cost of gas and other necessities.

The KSTP story was much shorter and more basic, since it is a broadcast news station. It focused on a very simple topic - the fact that consumers can look at deals being promoted online. The Star Tribune story focused on the fact that retailers are reacting to the economy with earlier sales and deeper discounts. The story was longer and more complex - more appropriate for a newspaper.